maligayang araw at oras lang pagdating - Dating traditions in different cultures

Something fellow GP writer, Grace Buchele Mineta mentioned in her podcast interview.

When I first moved America to attend college, I was nervous about starting a life in a new country because I wasn’t sure how quickly I would be able to adapt to the new culture.

Even though it had been my dream to live in America, I was very excited but nervous at the same time.

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.

One thing that is very different in Japan is that it is not uncommon for a woman to ask a man out.

I have to confess that I had a crush on a boy in junior high and my friends forced me to do the kokuhaku ritual.To combat this, DNA testing and several laws were put into place to afford women protection.Also, families have now secured their homes with steel locks in order to prevent a hunter from entering.I did the online dating many years ago and a couple of men say that it was getting too expensive for them to ask women out because even if you meet them just for a coffee, it quickly adds up.This isn’t a problem for Japanese men who usually will arrange a date at a very cheap cafe and still expect me to pay my share!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.

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