Japanese dating practices
When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together.
Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties.
Japan is an island nation; Japan is the only country that has four seasons; foreigners can’t understand Japan; I cannot count the number of times I’ve been told I use Japanese chopsticks with skill and grace, despite the fact I’ve seen three-year-olds managing just as well.
If you’re dining with a Japanese, don’t be surprised if you receive a look of amazement at your ability to eat like a Japanese.
When groups of high school students in Japan were asked to identify the dangers facing children today, the majority agreed on the number one threat: individualism. Certainly not, but their presentation of such individual qualities are carefully calculated and given in doses.
The reason could be anything from a slight cold to simply being worried about exposing other people; don’t let it concern you on your Japanese vacation. Does this mean that the Japanese are nothing more that worker bees in a vast hive of steel and concrete?SARS is long gone, though I did happen to see a “SARS Preparation Kit” during my brief stay in a Japanese hospital.Nevertheless, sterilized masks, like the ones you’d see in the emergency room, are commonly used by salarymen, office ladies, and municipal workers to protect other people from their germs. Girls often ask out boys and pay for the date, too. Most teens go out in large groups and don't pair off until they are 18 or 19 years old in Australia.
The main problem with this is that foreigners simply can’t avoid standing out; we stick out like sore thumbs no matter how long we’ve been here, or how much we know about Japanese culture and society.