I was young and naïve so it was a little scary in the beginning and I soon discovered the dating process in America is quite different from the one in Japan.
In this article, I want to talk about a few major differences I saw between Japanese and American dating cultures.
One thing that is very different in Japan is that it is not uncommon for a woman to ask a man out.
I have to confess that I had a crush on a boy in junior high and my friends forced me to do the kokuhaku ritual.
Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out as the boy wasn’t interested in me.
If you confess and she/he says yes, you two could be considered a couple.
Japan, the most developed country in Asia, has many incredibly cute girls who actually look like and behave like those pretty Japanese girls that you see on TV and in movies.
I find that dating is more casual and at times it’s hard to understand if we are dating or just hanging out.Something fellow GP writer, Grace Buchele Mineta mentioned in her podcast interview.In Japan, women can confess their love so it’s not strange if we ask a man out but in America, it seems that women tend to wait for men to ask them out.This was a little strange to me because I wasn’t sure what to do if I was really into someone.Another thing that I noticed was that American men tend to pay for dates but Japanese men usually don’t. As I sit outside Captain Kangaroo, enjoying a refreshing Asahi beer, I watched the businessmen and women bustling by.