However, I have found that Japanese women like it when the man takes the lead in planning where to go and what to do on a first date.

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If it’s the weekend then perhaps you can head a little further out. I’ve found that most of the women I have dated in Japan thus far share my love of nature.

And also, unlike a noisy café or restaurant, walking around somewhere a little more open and spacious will give you both a little more opportunity to unwind and talk, and really get to know each other. Given their natural shyness, it may be the case that on your first date, your companion may not have much to say for herself.

As for the first date, consider where she is travelling from and meet somewhere that is central and easy for you both to get to.

If you’re meeting after work then a restaurant somewhere in the city is probably best.

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Whilst it is nice if she can speak English, you should also make an effort to try and engage her in her native Japanese if you can.

Not only will this put her at ease, but it will also show her that you are making an effort to understand her ways and her culture.

No, today I won’t presume to tell you how to find your perfect match.

After all, until I finally walk down that aisle with my blushing bride sometime in the, hopefully, not too distant future, for me to presume to know all about Japanese women would be disingenuous and insulting both to you, dear readers, and to Japanese women in general.

In time, as you get to know each other more, you will probably find yourselves communicating in a mix of Japanese and English that is comfortable for both of you.