Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out as the boy wasn’t interested in me.
If you confess and she/he says yes, you two could be considered a couple.
Unlike Japan, California is a true melting pot of cultures but since I had so little dating experience back home, I was nervous about getting into the dating scene in America.
Mostly because I had no idea how the American dating culture worked.
This was a little strange to me because I wasn’t sure what to do if I was really into someone.
Another thing that I noticed was that American men tend to pay for dates but Japanese men usually don’t.
I was young and naïve so it was a little scary in the beginning and I soon discovered the dating process in America is quite different from the one in Japan.
In this article, I want to talk about a few major differences I saw between Japanese and American dating cultures.
I don’t like having to wonder if my date is interested in being in a relationship with me, and dating isn’t very fun because of the games involved in the process.
On the other hand I like that American men are more chivalrous than Japanese men and will do things like pay for dates and hold the door open for me. Has your dating experience in Japan been different than in your home country?
Discussing this without judgment can create an open dialogue with Americans through which they can understand your culture better, too.
Americans sometimes say “hello” simply to be cheerful and positive, but do not intend to follow up their greeting with a conversation. These are usually polite phrases more than personal questions, and they do not always expect an honest answer. When Americans say "yes" or "no," they mean exactly that.
Growing up in Japan my parents were really strict and so I didn’t get an opportunity to start going on dates until after I graduated from high school.