Dating and courtship patterns in japan
Couples choose from three kinds of diary to ensure that the instructions are suited to their level of relationship: the "Fresh" course, for nascent relationships, "Love Love", for steady couples, and "Manneri", Japanese for couples stuck in a rut.
Michiyo Suzuki, an 18-year-old student, found the "Love Love" course helped to open up her boyfriend Hiroki Sasajima, a fellow student.
It was only after the Meiji era that Japanese marriage changed to the Yoriai pattern based on the mutual consent of the marriage partners.
Then, two types of mate selection pattern emerged: the arranged (miai), and the romantic marriage (ren-ai).
When Akiksuke brought Chiyoko to meet his family—after several outings to the beach, caf é s, beer halls and department stores—his siblings welcomed her in ways that reflected the changing times.
One young couple, Akiksuke Tsutsui and Chiyoko Inami, met when Chiyoko, who worked at a bank in the same building as Akiksuke’s father’s clothing shop, began frequenting the shop during breaks.One of these settings was the “Shibui” dance, run by a man of the same name.For .50, young men and women could attend a night of dinner and dancing with the express purpose of introducing eligible bachelors to single young women.In his photographs—which never ran in LIFE—Dominis captured a moment when the new had caught on, but the old had not yet been forgotten.The young couples he photographed in 1959 were living on the edge of modernity, but still holding onto many of the the traditions long followed by their culture.