A 17-year-old girl in a school uniform brought the man and his colleague, both of whom declined to give their names, beers and chitchat.
“We actually find regular bars uninteresting these days,” he said.
How on Earth could you possibly think a relationship can grow, let along stay stable if both parties are not able to communicate? That’s around 100,000 people out of the 120,000,000 population, and you can bet a good deal of that .1% are not even Japanese.
But I wasn’t really attracted to her in person, so I said no.”Onuki is a rarity in Japan: Somebody who will openly discuss meeting romantic partners online.On a recent trip there, I often asked people if they or their friends were involved with web dating, and time and again they shook their heads.More often, it involves sex — child prostitution by another name.“It’s easy to talk to these girls,” said one man in his 30s who was sitting at a wooden school desk in AKB High School, a cafe in Akihabara, a part of Tokyo known for its subcultures.No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.
Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. Sometimes this involves a walk around the block or a drink in a bar.In order to save you from heart-break the tone of this article is rather aggressive.“Although we can’t communicate, we love each other and that’s what’s important” If this is what you’re thinking then you are either a) completely blinded by love and are unable to see reality or b) have an IQ level of 30 and are in legally an imbecile.Be prepared to be disabused, for whatever images you have conjured in your mind about finding love in Japan are certain to be skewed and not realistic, that is unless you’ve lived in the country before and you know the score.This isn’t to say that you as a foreigner can’t find love in Japan, because some people do indeed have success, but it does mean that you need to ‘clear your mind’ and realize that there is much that is different and much to learn on the subject of love in Japan.But when you ask around, no one cops to having used them.