Dating practices in japan
Dating often involves a lot of hidden rules and non-verbal cues.
The pair met six months prior, at Takahide’s house, when a friend of his brother’s brought her to a party there.
Whether accompanied by their visiting wives, Japanese girlfriends or prostitutes known as “pan pan girls,” American soldiers modeled the behavior they knew from home: public displays of affection and leisure time spent with women at cafés, parks or the movies.
And inside those movie theaters, American movies offered even more examples of Western mating rituals to a Japanese public at once hesitant and intrigued by the bold behaviors of their American counterparts.
Notes written by Dominis and someone who appears to be an assistant that accompanied the dozens of rolls of film he shot provide insight into the song and dance (sometimes literal) in which the young lovers engaged.
Some met by chance, others in settings tailor-made for matchmaking.