I’ve previously written about dating in Japan and interviewed a few of my female fellow bloggers about dating Japanese men.
One Japanese aggregator website has since been awash with stories of how people have simply married lifelong friends.
The country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with just 8.4 children being born per 1,000 inhabitants over the past five years.
After seeing my profile, several women came to meet me.
It definitely made things easier knowing they were interested in me, yet there were distractions as well.
For my part, living on a small island just made things more difficult.
It takes a certain amount of commitment to start dating when everyone will know about it in a few days.
I want to thank all the great people who agreed to collaborate and share their story with all of us! You might already know him as I interviewed Ben a while ago.
He has spent the last 5 years living on small islands in Okinawa. I spent five days with her family prior to popping the question and that gave me a great chance to see if I fit in with them. Of course proposals are pretty different in Japan and the US, but I managed a hybrid approach which is pretty much how I see our life together going forward.” “Back in the States there are a million ways to meet people and start up a conversation.
But it draws parallels with Japan's now mostly defunct omiai arranged-marriage tradition, in which parents suggested partners for their adult children.
Meet face to face with Japanese people in their true culture for dating, becoming friends or learning Japanese language. Do not worry, at True Love Japan there is even Japanese from overseas.
A column in the Joshi Spa magazine last month compared hunting for a marriage partner with suicide.