Etiquette dating in japan

Everything before that is considered getting to know each other in a friendly manner.

In the West we would argue that dating is simply getting to know someone better with romantic intent to see if you would like a relationship with them, so that the time spent outside of the group would be considered dates.

The Westerner will think the Easterner isn’t interested in a relationship with him/her.

I’m going to start out with a disclaimer: Every person- and consequently every situation- is different. I am going off of my experience and some discussions with my Japanese friends and friends who have lengthy experience with the culture.

I’m sure people can find exceptions to what I am putting forth as general rules. Additionally, I am a man, so all of my understanding comes from the perspective of a man.

You will probably only bring friends of the same sex.

Bringing a friend of the opposite sex can often be misinterpreted.

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