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I’ve included my thoughts as a Westerner on Japanese dating culture for that reason.
Virgin or veteran, I feel for any Westerner or Easterner who dates or aspires to date inter-culturally this is worth a read. You might just understand the other half a little better after this.
Now, you’re probably familiar with the stereotype of Western guys moving to Japan to meet women.
It’s a nasty stereotype…with a few grains of truth to it, we suppose.
But at least we can now rest easy knowing it’s a two-way street, because there are tons of Japanese girls who only date Western men.
If you happen to have a lot of Japanese friends, you may have met one or two women with a penchant for non-Japanese gentlemen.
Easily put, dating is just not that simple here for foreigners.
So in that sense, overall reception of dating apps in Japan is still about 5 years behind the United States.
Apparently, foreign guys have some appeal in Japan due to their willingness to put their partner first by opening doors, carrying heavy stuff, and paying for dinner.
We’re not sure it’s fair to suggest that some Japanese men aren’t equally considerate, but it is surprising how easy it is to be called a “gentleman” here in Japan simply by not knocking people down to get on the train first.
I can best describe it as courting with initial ambiguity.
Things also move much more slowly than in the west.
This article is mostly for the benefit of Western readers.