Japan-aholic

A blog about culture and love in Japan


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Q&A on Intercultural Love (AMWF)

This month, I wrote a guest post for the awesome blog Madh Mama (go check it out!). The author, Alexandra, already had planned a questionnaire about my intercultural relationship with Hitomi. Here’s an excerpt of my answers!

How long have you been together?
We’ve just passed the 2 years mark! Still a young couple!

What qualities do you admire in your partner?
I like that he is so down to earth, because I’m a head-in-the-cloud kind of person, and it really helps me to have someone logical, organized, capable and wise beside me. He is the one who organizes our trips and dates, while asking for my opinion. It’s good for me, because I have a hard time organizing things!

I also like that he is not afraid of commitment and he’s very serious about everything he does – when he says he’ll do something, he will do it, no matter what. His promises are never a joke! I admire that a lot.

Favorite memory together as a couple…
I think that’s as hard as the question about my childhood! I’m tempted to say: our first kiss, or the first time he said “I love you”, or the first time I tried a kimono with him (a traditional Japanese clothing), because I cherish those memories deeply, but who doesn’t cherish that kind of memories? So instead, I’ll talk about one of those normal days where we just went bowling, then went to the movie theater to watched a (very bad) movie while eating nachos and popcorn, and after that went to a store similar to Ikea and tried all the most expensive couches and beds we could find, both knowing that we would probably never buy any of them in our entire lifetime. Even if it was a rainy day, we had so much fun! I think we should always cherish those kind of memories – those times where nothing extraordinary happened, but you were simply happy.

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On Being Anxious About Moving Abroad For Love

Before we get started, I want to warn you all that this post is kinda personal. It will not give you any tips on living in Japan or words of encouragement with your LDR/AMWF relationship, but it might hit home for some.

Stories like a person moving to another country to be with their significant other and living a happy life together ever after are numerous and always seem perfect and romantic. Hollywood movies have feed us with those type of stories, the ones where nobody questions if what they are doing is right, because they just “know” it’s right, when they are with the right person, their “soulmate”. In those stories, having doubts is considered a huge red flag that something is wrong with the relationship.

I, on the other hand, am questioning myself. Continue reading


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10 Comments/Stereotypes I’m Tired Of Hearing (AMWF Relationship)

This is a touchy post. It took me a while before I decided to write about it, partly because, as a Caucasian woman dating an Asian man, it’s something I have to deal with almost everyday of my life and it makes me a bit sad/angry when I talk about it. I prefer writing about cool stuffs and happy moments, but this is also very important to me. Continue reading


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“What Is It Like to Date a Japanese Man?”

As weird as it sounds, I actually get the question “What is it like to date a Japanese/Asian man?” quite a lot. And I don’t really understand why.

I am a Canadian woman; my boyfriend Hitomi is a Japanese man. I was born in Quebec, which is a French province in Canada; he was born in the countryside of Chiba (Tokyo), where he speaks — obviously — Japanese. I am Caucasian and he is Asian, so by definition, that makes us an AMWF (Asian Male White Female) couple.

 

He is the first Asian man I ever dated, and I am the first foreigner (non-Japanese person) he has ever dated. Continue reading


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Culture VS Character: My Advices for Intercultural Dating

There’s something on the back of my mind since a couple of months now, and I wanted to share some of my personal advices about it here.

I’m currently dating Hitomi, a lovely Japanese man I met last year while I was traveling in Japan. Although I didn’t have many boyfriends in my life (Hitomi is my third, and very hopefully the last), he is not my first experience in intercultural dating. Continue reading