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.
When I first moved America to attend college, I was nervous about starting a life in a new country because I wasn’t sure how quickly I would be able to adapt to the new culture.
Even though it had been my dream to live in America, I was very excited but nervous at the same time.
Among Japanese teenagers the most basic way of starting to date someone is by giving them a “kokuhaku” or love confession.
This sounds a bit creepy but it’s not so much telling someone you love them but rather the Japanese way of letting them know you like them and asking them out.
Americans are thus obliged to officially ask each other out, and the first date is often for a drink and to make small talk.If we talk about USA dating, people are more open to their options and don’t mind meeting a perspective date anywhere.It can be a bar, a club, a restaurant, a beach or a USA dating site.If things are going well, a second date can be organized. This happens in both traditional bar and club dates as well as online dating.However, in different cultures, dating can mean something completely different.