Life as a man in Japan..

Good morning everyone,

Are you enjoying this weather? I certainly am! But I'm not planning on enjoying it for too much longer...they've changed the forecast and the rain they were calling for to arrive tomorrow will now arrive tonight. So, if you're planning on going out tonight, you'd better pack an umbrella! The rain will continue through Sunday and Monday before clearing up on Tuesday and we'll see a mix of sun and clouds for the rest of the week and highs all week will be in the low 20s...not too bad once we get through the end of the weekend.

So, have a look at this description of what life is like for a man in Japan these days. When I read it, I couldn't help laughing because some of the things on the list are SOOOO true! The writer has exaggerated a lot of things to make it funnier, but I have to say that he has hit the nail on the head for the most part!

He's broken it down into two sections: before and after marriage...

Men prior to marriage:
1. The man is expected to confess his love, and eventually propose, to the woman.
2. The man is always expected to pay for the meal.

▼ The modern dilemma: Does he pay, does she pay, or do they go Dutch? No dilemma in Japan-the man always pays!

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3. The man is expected to either give presents unconditionally, or to give presents worth three times as much as the presents his girlfriend buys for him.
4. The man is always expected to make calls and send messages to his sweetheart.
5. The man is expected to decide on the ideal location for a date, dinner, etc.
6. The man must always give preference to his girlfriend’s opinions when it comes to dates.
7. Women are allowed to judge men based on their income and appearance, but the opposite does not hold true.
8. The man is expected to go and meet his girlfriend’s parents first.
9. While meeting her parents, he must prostrate himself before them and endure a shower of criticisms from her father.
10. The man’s side of the family is expected to offer up a large sum of money as an engagement gift.
11. The man is expected to pay for the wedding ceremony and reception.
12. The man is expected to pay for the engagement rings and other jewelry.

Men after marriage:
1. The husband is expected to pay for the honeymoon.
2. The husband is expected to buy a house with his own money, and continue paying off loans until he dies.
3. If the husband refuses the sexual advances of his wife, he becomes the perpetrator of DV [domestic violence].
4. If the husband’s sexual advances come off too strongly, he becomes the perpetrator of DV.
5. Even if the wife is a housewife, the husband is still responsible for a share of housework and childrearing.

▼”Hmm, what meal can I make that results in the largest number of dishes for hubby to wash?”

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6. Regardless of whether he did or didn’t do the above, the man loses custody of the children and must pay alimony in the event of a divorce.
7. Even if the man has a higher source of income, almost all of his visitation rights are taken and he must pay high child support.
8. Even if the man wins custody of the children, he cannot seek child support from his former wife.
9. Almost all of a husband’s salary is eaten up by extravagant purchases by his wife, school expenses for his children, gas and electricity bills, and food expenses.
10. If the husband does not surrender the full amount of his salary, which he slaved away working for, to his wife, it can be considered DV.
11. The husband must make due with the minuscule allowance he receives from his wife, but the wife is excused from taking secret savings out of his salary
12. While the husband gobbles down a 380 yen (US $3.16) lunch at a beef bowl fast-food restaurant, his wife enjoys a 3,000 yen ($24.95) lunch at a sit-down restaurant.
13. Husbands spend their entire lives living under the mantra “What’s his is hers, and what’s hers is hers.”

So, men out there...you should seriously think twice before settling down with a Japanese wife...ha ha!

What do you think? Do you think the writer (not me!) is bang on with his description of life in Japan for men?

Have a great day! And be nicer to your husband! ha ha!


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