Among Japanese teenagers the most basic way of starting to date someone is by giving them a “kokuhaku” or love confession.
This sounds a bit creepy but it’s not so much telling someone you love them but rather the Japanese way of letting them know you like them and asking them out.
's "Close-up Modern " analyzed the reasons why young Japanese are so reluctant to get into relationships, and mentioned AKB48's handshake sessions, maid cafes, and manga as main culprits.
A "handshake session" is an event that gives fans the opportunity to meet and shake hands with their star, often an idol group.
Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.
In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
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.
But the upcoming 90 Days of Love with You, or You-Koi, to use its abbreviated Japanese title, is shining the spotlight on a heretofore uncelebrated line of work for a dating sim: You Tube video personalities.
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.
However, AKB48 is definitely popular, and there are many young people who put more emphasis on their support over their love life.
But, it's questionable whether an handshake session of an idol group is the cause of young people avoiding romantic attachments." A declining interest in dating, marriage, and childbirth among young people has been a long-time problem for Japan.