Many people will even go to English Conversation schools in the hopes of making foreign friends.

Or read peoples’ emotions where pretty much no-one wears their heart on their sleeve?

And how do you interact with a nation of shy people who always seem to have their head down and nose buried in a book/iphone game?

You can find a language exchange partner in the classified section of many of the local English language magazines and there are a few sites specifically for finding a language exchange partner, e.g. Also there are language exchange groups on meetup.com, which are usually like a cross between language exchange and international parties. Be careful, most the guys you meet here are married (or otherwise taken) and just looking for the “American” experience (if you know what I mean). Walk around Shibuya and make eye contact with men, trying to get . Fun Cheapo Fact: In Japan it’s not uncommon for singles to spend hundreds of thousands of yen on “konkatsu” (婚活) or marriage hunting services!

As usual, exercise caution when arranging to meet strangers via the internet! ) housewives in Japan, apparently Ashley Madison is quite popular here. Men always seem to hit on foreign women at import stores. However we don’t think you need to allocate more than a few hundred yen for your dating budget 🙂 Japanese tend to be very agreeable and don’t want to “rock the boat” or make people feel bad/uncomfortable.

But, free clients have the option of upgrading to paid memberships at any time.

If you’ve been Japan for more than 5 seconds and had any interaction with the opposite sex here, you’ll no doubt have already experienced some “Lost in translation” style mishaps from smashing against the language barrier and cultural differences.

You can usually find the events by doing a Google search for Tokyo international parties, with events like this popping up regularly, but it probably won’t be long before you get invited to one via Facebook.

Cheapos will be pleased to hear that many of them include a buffet which is almost worth the (typically around 2000yen) entry fee.

The other really easy way to meet Japanese girls is through Language Exchanges.