Expressing Love in Japanese Culture

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
7 min readDec 15, 2023

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A Japanese couple earing summer kimonos are strolling in Kyoto’s streets
Photo by Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash

When you are interested in a culture and start learning a new language, for some reason, the word “love” and the phrase “I love you” are some of the first people usually want to know and remember. Maybe this is why you are now reading the article. While love may be universal, the ways to express it differ in every culture. The cultural norm regarding the expression of feelings of love in Japanese culture may be very different…

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.