Relationships vary by country and so do expectations for dating. Teaching and living abroad shouldn't mean putting your love life on hold.On the other hand, dating someone from another culture can be extra rewarding.Understanding and embracing differences is the first step towards successful dating in Japan.
This is especially true during casual encounters with a Japanese person who has never dated a foreigner. Some of the common presumptions you might want to watch out for are: If you are not comfortable taking your relationship to the next step (especially in terms of physically) make that clear!
Intercultural relationships often have difficulties when it comes to communication.
You don’t have to talk about all of these things with each dating partner, but you should definitely think about it especially with one that seems like it could evolve into a relationship. Are you looking for a casual hookup, a friend with benefits, a boyfriend/girlfriend, or a future marriage partner?
As mentioned before, you probably shouldn't actually discuss this, but early on in the dating process, you should figure out what you want from the relationship. If you are looking for a long-term relationship, set some long-term dates, like going to Sky Tree on Christmas or a romantic getaway to Okinawa during summer vacation.
If you are looking for something casual, keep it casual and avoid meeting friends and family. What happens when your study abroad, volunteer, or internship experience is over?
If you are planning on continuing the relationship, you might need to set boundaries and long term goals for the relationship.Another important thing to consider is the possibilities of accidental pregnancies which happen more than you would think.This should always be a factor on your radar, but especially in a location like Japan where there is a lack of easily accessible birth control.A lot of Japanese couples are expected to get married in the event of an accidental pregnancy.“Ganbare” is the Japanese way of saying “hang in there.” Japan is more liberal now than ever before, but racism still exists.Once you identify the source, you can take steps to react in a graceful manner. • With their friends: Dating a foreigner, especially a white foreigner, can be a status symbol.