romance

SoraNews24’s loneliest reporter tests Japan’s new anime-style AI girlfriend smartphone app 【Vid】

Seiji’s search for love takes him beyond the bounds of humanity.

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South Korean artist captures the subtle gestures of love in a beautiful watercolor series

The series Love Is takes a look at the simpler joys in a relationship.

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One year after start of his girlfriend recruitment project, our reporter finally goes on a date

And no, Seiji didn’t rent his companion for his anime movie date.

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Japanese women list the top 10 romantic scenarios by which they’d like to meet a new boyfriend

From bookstores to barbecues to balance-loss, these Japanese women would love to meet the love of their life in these unexpected ways.

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Japanese college women pick between men who’re short and handsome or tall and plain in survey

When they can’t have it all, where do their priorities lie?

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Our sushi expert picks three toppings that will remind you what “first love” feels like

Who knew love could taste like raw fish and crab guts?

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Old-school titillation: A trip to one of Tokyo’s few surviving “telephone clubs”

In always-efficient Japan, it took less than 10 seconds for someone to offer us a “no strings attached” meet-up at the terekura.

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Japanese company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media

Great for those looking for online admiration or a way to stick it to an ex, company says.

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Matching couple has us all scrambling to achieve coordinated relationship goals【Photos】

Because what is life worth if you can’t share it with a partner who will plan out an entire matching wardrobe?

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Japanese company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams!

Japanese company aims to provide women with a “high-spec” man of their dreams thanks to their rigorous testing and exacting standards (no mention of looks or personality).

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New matchmaking service promises to weed out fake otaku with pre-registration diagnostic test

Company plans singles parties for fans of specific areas of otaku interest.

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Japanese “reverse engagement ring” helps women control their marital destiny

Company even offers a consolation gift if he says no.

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Ramen romance — Five things to remember if you don’t want to blow your noodle date

Avoid these faux pas and keep your date hot like ramen broth.

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Matchmaking party in Tokyo is a literal blind date, everyone must wear blindfolds

Having trouble looking for the perfect romantic partner? Maybe that’s your problem…the “looking” part I mean.

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Alone on Valentine’s Day? Thai photographer shows how to make it look like you have a date 【Pics】

“Hey cutie, you have a little smidge on your cheek. Here, I’ll get it for me.”

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Japanese women pick which anime characters they’d want as their girlfriends

Lesbian anime fans make their picks for animated romantic companions.

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Female anime fans reveal the Studio Ghibli character they most want to date in real life

Surprisingly, the male stars of Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away don’t top the list, according to this survey.

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The 10 most attractive Japanese women’s names, as chosen by dating app users

Some ask what’s in a name, but women with these monikers proved to be more popular than any others on one well-known dating app.

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New colored contact lenses will help near-sighted Japanese women land a husband, maker claims

Different designs recommended depending on wearer’s taste in men.

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Japanese Twitter user’s description of the ideal boyfriend is refreshingly reasonable

Maybe a little too reasonable, even.

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