What’s it Like Dating in Japan? My Experience

Dating is an interesting topic, because it may be one of the biggest differences I have noticed culturally. There are a few main concepts that are crucial for your ability to understand the timing of things here; tatemae, as well as kokuhaku. I learned these things through trial and error while living in Japan. The ‘all or nothing’ mentality of dating in Japan The expectations in terms of timing was really strange for me. Coming from America, I think we tend to take the stance that you go on a date to help you decide whether or not you want to…go on more serious dates. Then somehow or another someone makes a move and you’re dating right? Or, maybe you don’t even say anything? My point is that we kind of ease into things in the west. At least a bit more. In Japan, there is the tradition of kokuhaku, which makes the timing for dating very different However, in Japan there is this concept of kokuhaku, which means things are expected to go from 1 to 100 (or more like 0 to 100) in an instant. This is because the Japanese word kokuhaku means confession, and with this kokuhaku … Continue reading What’s it Like Dating in Japan? My Experience