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.
I did have a Japanese boyfriend but I ended things with him to go to school in California.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Dates & Mates explores the dating culture in other countries.
While there are people in the US who think dating here is difficult, some of the relationship customs from around the world are even more of a scramble.
Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .
Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.
Dating does not begin until college for those in Japan and Korea.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.A few days ago, as an American friend of mine was telling me all about her new boyfriend and how he had asked her out with flowers, I realized how different courtship and dating is for teens in France and the US. Americans go on formal dates; we keep things secret. The word “date” has no equivalent in French, and it’s simply because we don’t go on them.Americans only say “I love you” after months of dating. You might wonder how people get to know each other then.Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.