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Dating Phrases

Japanese dating culture has unique customs and practices that are influenced by both traditional values and modern influences. Here are some key aspects.


告白 (Kokuhaku)

Kokuhaku is a significant part of Japanese dating culture. It refers to the act of confessing one's feelings to someone they like. Typically, one person will express their romantic interest and ask the other to start dating. This direct approach helps clarify mutual feelings and intentions.


合コン (Gokon)

Gōkon is a common way for young people to meet potential partners. It is a group blind date where an equal number of men and women, usually friends or acquaintances, meet in a social setting, like a restaurant or bar, to interact and get to know each other.


お見合い (Omiai)

Omiai is a traditional arranged marriage meeting where families or matchmakers introduce potential partners to each other. While less common today, it still exists, especially in more conservative or rural areas.


ダブルデート (Daburu deto)

Translation: Double date

Description: Similar to Western culture, where two couples go out together, often for socializing or to spend time together in a relaxed setting.


おつきあい (Otsukiai)

Translation: Dating; going out with someone

Description: The act of dating or going out with someone in a romantic context, similar to the Western concept of dating.


プロポーズ (Puropozu)

Translation: Proposal; marriage proposal

Description: Refers to the act of proposing marriage to someone, usually after a period of dating and when both partners are ready to commit to a long-term relationship.


スキンシップ (Sukinshippu)

Translation: Physical intimacy; affectionate touching

Description: Refers to non-sexual physical contact between partners, such as holding hands, hugging, or cuddling, which is important in Japanese relationships.


ラブラブ (Raburabu)

Translation: Lovey-dovey; affectionate

Description: Used to describe a couple who are openly affectionate and deeply in love with each other.


Here are some romantic phrases in Japanese along with their descriptions and usage.


好きです (すきです - Suki desu)

Translation: I like you

Description: A straightforward way to express romantic interest. Often used in the context of a confession.

Example: 君が好きです。 (きみがすきです。- Kimi ga suki desu)

"I like you."


大好き (だいすき - Daisuki)

Translation: I really like you / I love you

Description: Expresses strong affection, suitable for both new and established relationships.

Example: あなたが大好きです。 (あなたがだいすきです。- Anata ga daisuki desu.)

"I really like you."


愛してる (あいしてる - Aishiteru)

Translation: I love you

Description: A deep expression of love, used in serious and committed relationships. This can be cringe to say in Japanese.

Example: ずっと愛してる。 (ずっとあいしてる。- Zutto aishiteru.)

"I will always love you."


ずっと一緒にいたい (ずっといっしょにいたい - Zutto issho ni itai)

Translation: I want to be with you forever

Description: Conveys a desire for a long-term relationship.

Example: ずっと一緒にいたい。 (ずっといっしょにいたい。- Zutto issho ni itai.)

"I want to be with you forever."


あなたなしでは生きられない (あなたなしではいきられない - Anata nashi de wa ikirarenai)

Translation: I can't live without you

Description: A dramatic and passionate way to express deep dependence on someone.

Example: あなたなしでは生きられない。 (あなたなしではいきられない。- Anata nashi de wa ikirarenai.)

"I can't live without you."


一目惚れしました (ひとめぼれしました - Hitomebore shimashita)

Translation: I fell in love at first sight

Description: Used to express that you fell in love with someone the moment you saw them.

Example: あなたに一目惚れしました。 (あなたにひとめぼれしました。- Anata ni hitomebore shimashita.)

"I fell in love with you at first sight."


一緒にいたい (いっしょにいたい - Issho ni itai)

Translation: I want to be with you

Description: A simple yet heartfelt expression of wanting to spend time together.

Example: あなたと一緒にいたい。 (あなたといっしょにいたい。- Anata to issho ni itai.)

"I want to be with you."

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