For my part, living on a small island just made things more difficult.

I think it helps that we both understand each others’ priorities and our goals and plans all fit together.” “I don’t know how hard it is for Western women to meet Japanese guys. The stereotype is that Westerners are strong and Japanese men don’t want that.

It could be true some of the time, but I think people can find the type of personality they’re compatible with in any culture.

I never found it easy to ‘get’ a Japanese woman, then again, my fiancé and I met on a Japanese TV show for the express purpose of finding someone to marry.

The modern version of the omiai (arranged marriage) seems to be working quite well for us.

Still, by the end of the event I found someone I could communicate easily with despite my non-fluent Japanese and her lack of English.” “There are always differences in expectation and cultural differences can lead to awkwardness, yet I’ve found that clear communication can help to navigate the most difficult situations.

I’m still new to my relationship and we’ve had no major problems despite our difference in language.

I want to thank all the great people who agreed to collaborate and share their story with all of us! You might already know him as I interviewed Ben a while ago.

He has spent the last 5 years living on small islands in Okinawa. I spent five days with her family prior to popping the question and that gave me a great chance to see if I fit in with them. Of course proposals are pretty different in Japan and the US, but I managed a hybrid approach which is pretty much how I see our life together going forward.” “Back in the States there are a million ways to meet people and start up a conversation.

Typically gaijin bars in areas like Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ebisu, and those sorts of places.