Love and Dating

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プレイボーイ and Other Japanese Words for Naughty Dating Behavior

If your Valentine's Day date says you’re しつこい, it means they just aren’t into you. Let it go!

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Netflix’s The Naked Director: A Dodgy Dive into Japanese Porn and “Real” Sex

This semi-biographical ode to Japanese AV does little more than maintain the status quo—but it makes us think while doing so.

By 9 min read

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Japanese Words for Weddings

Here comes the 嫁.

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Petty Breakup Stories Go Viral On Japanese Twitter

From typing loudly to kanji usage, sometimes it’s the small things that get to us the most.

By 4 min read

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8 Types of Dating App Profiles You’ll Encounter In Japan

From "Language Exchangers" to "Expat Machos," it's a different ballgame in Japan.

By 8 min read

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Breaking Up: Japanese Words for an Anti-Valentine’s Day

What if the object of your affection chose not to be your Valentine? What to say when the relationship is over.

By 5 min read

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GaijinPot Readers Share Their Japan Love Stories in 100 Words or Less

For Valentine’s Day, readers shared their own love stories in miniature form. From office romance to missed connections, they did not disappoint.

By 6 min read

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7 Weird Japanese Valentine’s Gifts You Won’t Regret Giving

Celebrate this Valentine's Day in Japan by being super weird about it.

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Netflix’s Rea(L)ove: The Raunchy Japanese Dating Show You’ll Binge in A Day

If Terrace House is the prima donna of Japanese reality TV, then Rea(L)ove is the evil understudy about to sell a scandal to the tabloids.

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Terrace House’s first openly LGBT member proves Japan’s ignorance toward sexual minorities

Shunsuke Ikezoe's bravery challenged Japan's implicit “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

By 9 min read

Culture

Quirky Weddings Show New Trend of Acceptance in Japan

This month saw a solo wedding, a marriage to a vocaloid and an NSFW declaration of newlywed love.

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Terrace House reveals dark side of Japan’s attitudes toward consent and women’s sexuality

Seina's quest to find love on reality show Terrace House uncovered some troubling perspectives.

By 10 min read

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Kinbaku, the Erotic Art of Japanese Rope Bondage