Dating an international student

Mass media often report that women in Japan are more “genki” (vigorous, active) than their male counterparts.Single women are said to be enjoying their lives, spending much money on travel abroad and shopping.Therefore, foreign visitors must be sure to make their intentions clear to avoid any misunderstanding.

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Exceptions are frequently made for foreign visitors depending on the occasion, but female spouses should not take their exclusion as a personal slight.

Japanese women, on the other hand, usually hold their own women-only functions, including overnight trips to hot springs.

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One of the first Japanese words you will hear in reference to you is “Gaijin,” literally translated as “outside person.” For those who came from a heterogeneous society composed of immigrants from around the world, it may be troubling to be referred to as a “foreigner,” “alien,” or “gaijin.” The term “gaijin” is not generally used to downgrade foreigners, although some visitors, who live in rural areas where people are unaccustomed to foreigners, sometimes find it very annoying to have children point fingers at them and call them “gaijin.” Others wonder why Japanese do not identify foreigners as “Americans,” “British,” or “Australians,” rather than lumping all non-Japanese together as “gaijin.” Long-time foreign residents of Japan may also find it annoying to still be referred to as “gaijin,” but the continuing use of the term must be understood in terms of Japan’s historical development and relative homogeneity.

If you are in doubt and there is no one immediately available to ask for advice, use san.

Since your name may be difficult for Japanese to pronounce, you may be asked to provide a nickname, e.g., “Mak-san” for Mr. Japanese may use nicknames or first names among themselves but foreigners should refrain from doing so until they are asked!

Upon meeting each other for the first, second or umpteenth time, men and women usually bow, although the more cosmopolitan may shake hands.

Often, people will bow and shake hands simultaneously!

However many companies have separate programs for women, usually non-career track, and follow practices that would be considered discriminatory in other societies.

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