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.