Being familiar to a number of Japanese pop literature, like manga, anime, and movies, I found one recurring pattern. Finding love is not traditionally as hard as in my home country of Indonesia. By traditionally, I mean in terms of culture and religion.
Let me present this scenario. Many people start falling in love in high school or university (or their equivalent). Me too. I suppose in Japan, most of those who study in high schools and universities are also Japanese. Therefore, we can assume that love-based relationships between fellow Japanese are the majority. As it has been known, Japan is relatively homogeneous, so there is no big problem in finding mates, because almost everybody shares the same cultural background. Yes there are Ainu, Chongryon, Chinese Japanese, Brazilian Japanese, Christian Japanese, Moslem Japanese, but most of them are still ethnic Japanese with Shintoism and Buddhism backgrounds. There is almost no need to hold feelings, just because the person you love have different background. This came into my mind, because there is almost no mention of Japanese couples having problems to share loves because of their backgrounds in the pop literature. I think I only found one, in the manga Kenji, because the female protagonist comes from a yakuza family. I consulted a friend who had stayed for a long time in Japan, whether this only happens in comics, but, well, it is the truth. I cannot find any Japanese movie like the Indonesian indie movie Cin(t)a, which tells a bittersweet love story between a couple having different religions. Yes, as most of my readers are aware of, this happens a lot of times in Indonesia (and also in many heterogeneous countries), especially if you are a minority, like me. Even after moving to a foreign country (Singapore), I still belong to the minority. Christian Javanese. Javanese is considered Malay here. More than 99% of Malay people are Moslem, and most of people who attend my church are either Chinese, Indian, or Filipino. We have to hold feelings very often, because there is a big chance that you might fall in love to people who, rather than belonging to your community, belong to the unmarriageable communities.
Hi, teens in Japan. I am jealous at you. I don’t like the condition in many heterogeneous countries, and I just hope sooner of later this prevailing barrier disappears, even after I expire.
Oh wait, at least at this era I can try my luck with Spanish women. I heard many of them were super.