They take longer and longer to reply to text messages and emails. They stop “liking” all your status updates on Facebook. If you have been on three great dates but can't seem to land a fourth one because they are suddenly busy, wait a couple weeks and try again.
If a casual date starts pulling back, don't chase them.
Most of the time, if there is a concrete ending in sight (you are returning to your home country, graduating, or moving) couples will “ganbare” on until the end rather than just ending it.
This ties into some of the above points but needs a little extra emphasis.
You don’t have to talk about all of these things with each dating partner, but you should definitely think about it especially with one that seems like it could evolve into a relationship. Are you looking for a casual hookup, a friend with benefits, a boyfriend/girlfriend, or a future marriage partner?
As mentioned before, you probably shouldn't actually discuss this, but early on in the dating process, you should figure out what you want from the relationship. If you are looking for a long-term relationship, set some long-term dates, like going to Sky Tree on Christmas or a romantic getaway to Okinawa during summer vacation.
If you are looking for something casual, keep it casual and avoid meeting friends and family. What happens when your study abroad, volunteer, or internship experience is over?
If you are planning on continuing the relationship, you might need to set boundaries and long term goals for the relationship.
One of the easiest way to meet new people and maybe even find a love interest is to use dating apps in Japan.
While parents are increasingly more liberal, they might be worried about you dumping their son or daughter when you finish your study abroad, volunteering, or working in Japan. No matter how fluently you speak Japanese, how long you have been living in the country, or how “Japanese” you act, if you do not look Japanese, you cannot become Japanese.
Or even worse, they might be worried about you getting married and taking their child back home to start a life abroad together that is thousands of miles away. Dating a Japanese person will be different than dating someone from your home country. It's not bad; some people think it is a great advantage.
A lot of Japanese couples are expected to get married in the event of an accidental pregnancy.
“Ganbare” is the Japanese way of saying “hang in there.” Japan is more liberal now than ever before, but racism still exists.