One of the most beautiful features on The Love is Blind Japan set is their love bridge. This Japanese style bridge is suspended over water with Gorgeous cherry blossoms everywhere. In the American version of the show, people walk down a red carpet in a hallway that is anything but romantic. It makes so much sense to make the first place that someone meets their romantic partner to be a beautiful place, right? Take notes, America!
One of the great things about this show is that you can learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you pay attention, you’ll see some of the societal differences and similarities Japan has with this rest of the world. There is an analysis by a YouTuber called Cyber Bunny who explains the in-depth background information that you might not even realize as an American viewer. For example, what did they mean by “an old-fashioned Kyushu man”? She goes into detail to answer that question and a lot more about Japanese culture that we see on the show.
Something I find hilarious as an American is that everyone on this show says “thank you” when they receive a proposal. “Yes, thank you very much.” I have never once heard someone say “thank you” during a proposal here in the United States. But it’s actually very nice for a couple to thank one another for choosing them to be the person they spend the rest of their life with.
One of the biggest improvements in the design of the Japanese pods is that there is a mailbox! Contestants in Love is Blind Japan can bring each other snacks, books, and so much more. All they need to do is place the item into the mail compartment on the wall, and give it a little knock to let the other person know it’s ready to pick up. Technically, they could peek on one another’s faces if they both look into the mailbox, but no one seems to have broken that rule.
The youngest contestant, Yudai, is just 23 years old. But he gets straight to the point when it comes to serious topics in marriage that might tear some couples apart. For example, he asked about finances and sharing bills. He’s popular with a number of women who are in their 30’s, and it’s easy to see why.
This next part is a bit of a spoiler. But one of the best female proposals was done by Midori, who came up with an entire business presentation to convince Wataru that they belong together. You can tell that if she could have made a powerpoint presentation, she would have. Since they both come from a business background, it makes sense that it sparked something in Wataru that made him realize it was time to propose to Midori.
Overall, the Japanese version of Love is Blind is far more respectful than the American version. This is totally a part of Japanese culture. For example, people are using honorifics such as “san” to the people they’re talking to, even though they have known one another for a while. Even if that goes over your head as an American, it’s clear to see that everyone respects one another, and isn’t there to create drama. There is one particular moment when Midori and Priya hug one another, even though they’re both going after the same man! That’s true respect right there.