After Jeanne Johnson's husband passed away, the Boiling Spring Lakes resident wanted to start enjoying life again. "Taking that first step was what was difficult."Although the mainstream machine keeps pushing the picture of marriage, single adults are beginning to demand attention.She checked out some local events though Cape Fear Singles, a group on Meetup.com, and made the decision to attend."That first night, I sat in my car for a long time," she said. Newsweek recently ran an ode to singlehood called "I Don't," which pointed to more Americans staying single.I would especially love to hear back from my Japanese friends with their thoughts and perspectives on the topic. Any more I can learn will only serve myself and others better. Japan, and as I understand it most of Asia, has a very different dating culture than that of the West.
However, I feel it can also help Japanese readers who would like to better understand the Western perspective of Japanese dating.
I’ve included my thoughts as a Westerner on Japanese dating culture for that reason.
Bringing a friend of the opposite sex can often be misinterpreted.
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but more of a rule of thumb.
She eventually got out, and started meeting people. And pop culture has turned its attention from 20- and 30-somethings looking for love to focus instead on characters who have had careers, children and divorces – shows such as "Cougar Town" and this summer's sleeper hit "Hot in Cleveland" which stars Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White.