Love and Dating

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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.

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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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Culture

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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Culture

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.

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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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Beyond ‘I Love You’: 5 Tips For Navigating Romance in Japan

It’s that time of the year again — the countdown to Valentine's Day (and its alter ego White Day) begins in Japan. Are you ready to let that special someone know how you feel? Here are five ways to tell it from your heart — without sounding like a cheesy anime character.

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Why does Japanese have two kanji for “love”?

With Valentine's Day approaching, here's something to add to the romantic confusion: the two different kanji for love.

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Looking for Love: Cheating in Japan

The attitude to cheating in Japan might be different from what you're used to. But is it an acceptable norm in a relationship here?

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Ask Sara: Does “I Love You” Mean the Same Thing in Japan?

My date told me she loved me. Is this miscommunication or potential pet murder?

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Ask Sara: Is Tinder in Japan Just for Hooking Up?

I’m a single girl looking to date seriously in Japan. Everybody keeps recommending Tinder, but isn't it just for casual hookups?

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Ask Sara: How Can I Find Lasting Love?

I recently returned home to the US after an exchange in Japan. I'd love to find a Japanese girlfriend here but I'm quite a shy guy. How can I find my Ms Right?

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