romance

Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? Japanese men and women weigh in

As hugely popular instant messaging app LINE supplants most other forms of communication in Japan, a poll asks young Japanese people: Is it okay to break up with someone by IM?

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“Real Boyfriend” rental service offers dates with more realistic types of men aged from 19 to 57

Forget about renting an obviously unbelievable hottie; these rental boyfriends charm with more attainable good looks.

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All aboard Tokyo’s Love Train!

Commuter train with special heart-motif straps and box seats starts service in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Five lies you’re likely to hear in a Japanese hostess bar, and what they really mean

You might not be as handsome and charming as the hostess would have you believe.

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Young Japanese women sound off on what does and doesn’t constitute cheating on their boyfriend

Where do women in their 20s and 30s draw the line?

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Japanese judge dismisses lawsuit against idol singer who violated contract’s no-dating clause

Suit tossed out of Tokyo district court in rare win for idols’ romantic freedom.

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Five Japanese misconceptions about foreign male/Japanese female couples

Japanese blogger and internationalist Madame Riri explores five prejudices and misconceptions foreign male-Japanese female couples experience in Japan.

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Sailor Moon marriage certificates now come with JAXA Hayabusa spacecraft details

Sagamihara City is offering Sailor Moon marriage certificates sporting an image of JAXA’s Hayabusa spacecraft.

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11 ways to have a great Christmas date…when your date is a bowl of instant noodles

As long as you’ve got hot water, you’re not really alone.

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Is your girlfriend a cat, dog, gorilla or penguin type? Take this Twitter comic test to find out!

According to Twitter in Japan, there are four main “personality types” when it comes to girlfriends: cat, dog, gorilla or penguin. Say what?!

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Japanese mom’s advice to daughter: Ask your boyfriend for many selfish things

Step 1: Be selfish to your boyfriend. Step 2: Happy marriage.

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Life imitating anime: Japanese people tell us about their most “anime” moments

14 Japanese volunteers tell us about moments in their lives that seemed to come straight out of an anime.

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We asked: “What are the hardest and best things about dating a Japanese person?”

Looking for romance in Japan? Learn from our experience! Here a few things we’ve learned from foreigners who’ve dated in Japan.

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Anime romance isn’t like reality. Why? Biomechanics

Sometimes, the physics of physical affection in anime and manga just don’t make sense.

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Getting married in Japan? You might need to give your fiancé three rings, jeweler says

Japan is pretty fond of Western-style wedding traditions. Far more people choose to have their ceremony in a chapel than a Shinto shrine, with the bride and groom dressed in a wedding dress and tuxedo instead. Other popular foreign introductions are taking a honeymoon and wearing wedding rings.

Of course, it’s also customary for a guy to present his sweetheart with an engagement ring when he proposes. But one Japanese company says there’s room for even more jewelry in the transition from boyfriend and girlfriend, and has introduced the concept of a marriage ring, which is not to be confused with a wedding ring.

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Otaku speed-dating party lets participants chat online before event, review each other during it

Even as the world of otaku becomes an increasingly co-ed one, many of Japan’s obsessive fans of anime, video games, and other forms of pop culture struggle in finding a romantic partner. That’s where Aeullura, a matchmaking company specializing in konkatsu (marriage-minded dating) events for otaku, comes in.

But conventional speed-dating can be intimidating for even ordinarily outgoing individuals, let alone otaku who might very well spend more of their free time watching fictional characters than interacting with other people. Add in the pressure of a ticking clock, and some might not feel confident in their ability to walk up to an attractive stranger, make a good impression, and then find out more about them.

That’s why Aeullura is flipping that sequence of events for its upcoming otaku matchmaking party by giving the speed daters access to a wealth of information about one another, and even letting them communicate online, before putting them all in the same room together.

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Three tricky ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating

It’s widely known in Japan that idol singers are often contractually prohibited from engaging in romantic relationships. The reasoning goes that if word gets out that an idol singer has a boyfriend, her fans will feel betrayed that she isn’t solely devoted to her role as a musician and entertainer, and thus stop buying her CDs (there’s also the unspoken implication that openly dating someone will destroy the fantasies of individual fans that would like to date the singer themselves).

A signed contract isn’t always enough to keep young love and hormones in check, though. And when you consider that idols are almost always attractive, outgoing young women, it seems like it should be only a matter of time until they find a guy they fancy out of their swarms of would-be suitors. That’s why in addition to legal pledges not to date, the Japanese entertainment industry has a number of sneaky tactics up its sleeve to prevent its idols from falling in love or going on a single date.

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Japanese tech company seeks to measure if 2-D crushes are more attractive than real-life models

It’s no secret that in Japan selling the fantasy of an anime or video game sweetheart is big business. But is everyone with a 2-D crush simply a lonely soul using the fictional character as a substitute for a lack of real-world interaction with the opposite sex, or do some people just prefer having a virtual romantic prospect? One Japanese technology company is aiming to find out, using the power of science.

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Street proposal between two Chinese women goes viral, gains support 【Video】

It looks like 2015 is proving to be a defining year for LGBT couples and rights around the world. In Japan we’ve already seen same-sex marriage certificates extended to Shibuya Ward despite interference, not to mention public support from the government of Osaka Ward. Now it appears the acceptance movement is spreading to other East Asian countries as well.

Recently one woman in China decided to publicly pop the question to her female partner in public, and a video of the proposal soon went viral. Get ready to break out the tissues.

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What do Japanese men think about dating foreign women?【Video】

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, dating is hard. This is very true in Japan as well, where a survey in 2013 showed that many Japanese aren’t really dating. Also, being a foreigner and trying to date in a country that is 98.5% ethnically Japanese makes it an even more daunting task for some.

But fear not! Though statistics may not be in your favor, there are certainly those that not only want to date, but date people who aren’t Japanese. Earlier this year we focused on what women thought about mixed-race relationships, but now it’s time for Japanese men to share their ideas about what they would like, as well as what challenges they would expect with a person who’s not Japanese.

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