Posted February 19, 2009on:
Gyaku-nan literappy means reversed nanpa. Since Nanpa is boys hitting on girls, the reversed situation, gyaku-nanpa (often shorted as gyaku-nan) refers to girls hitting on guys. It happens, but for obvious reasons, it is far less common than regular nanpa, but perhaps with a higher success rate than nanpa?
Just as nanpa, gyaku-nan tends to occur on busy streets and other lively public places. Young women stand at the edge of the street and watch passing men. When a man strikes a woman’s fancy, she typically starts a conversation wit him. Unlike nanpa, where the men invites women to a cafe or karaoke bar, Gyaku-nan does not necessary involve women inviting him for a date. The women just start a casual flirtation by starting a conversation.