#086 What is an Appropriate Gift for the First Meeting in Japan?

Japanese first date gift However, there is one subject I have stayed away from, that is at least until now. I refer of course to those of us fortunate enough to find a partner in this country. Indeed, the pursuit of that ideal lady to be my life partner here in Japan has been something of an ongoing struggle throughout the 10 years since I first moved to Tokyo. So, I wonder, what have I learned through my struggles? Without going into the gory details, I have been engaged twice before and did manage to keep a relationship going for a few years at one point. 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. So, instead, today I hope to impart a few simple pearls of wisdom garnered from almost a decade of dating in Japan.


Tweet The first date could be an exciting as well as an awkward experience for many of us. Lot of things keep popping up in the head before they actually happen. We think the situation over and over again and try to prepare for it, but it never goes the way as we planned. But, that is not a reason for worrying. The beauty of a first date is in its uncertainty and unpredictable possibilities.

Many of our male members are planning to visit Japan for their vacation from October to December since it is easier to take days off at the end of year. Some of our male members who have a deep knowledge of Japanese culture ask us what the best gift for his date is when he visits Japan. Actually, Japanese people love the culture of gift giving. Japanese people give gifts for pleasure, not because they expect to receive anything in return. So, it is not really necessary for you to give her a gift at your first meeting.

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