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Gogo Gokon

What is Gokon?

Gokon is essentially a group blind date where two friends of the opposite gender decide on a date and a place, as wellas the number of people in each team. Then they both invite a few friends of their gender, balancing the numbers in each team. On the selected date, everyone meets at the selected restaurant and the date begins! Everyone introduces themselves shyly, and then they drink, eat, drink some more, then it gets more casual and friendly, somehow making friends in the process. After that, if all went well, the party continues at a bar or karaoke. Everyone drinks even more, and phone numbers are exchanged and may be… a few of them have met the potential future partner.

The Art of Gokon

Gokon is an institutionalized way of meeting new people. Most gokon takes similar process and there are rules and convention practiced to keep things safe and fun. If you know the basics of gokon, such as process of gokon and few tips and how-tos, you will be able to enjoy the gokon party more comfortably and focus more on enjoying meeting new people. So Here are some “how-to rules” for gokon newbies to understand the flow of the gokon, and the expected behavior in each process.

Gokon Rules:

Gokon tips

There are many Japanese books, magazines, and websites about the best practice tips for bokon. I will keep updating the blog with any interesting tips found. I am trying to find common theme among all these tips flying around the Japanaese media. What are the key to success in gokon?

1) Be normal, to give positive first impression

2) Gokon is a team-work

3) Gokon requires careful planning and organization

Real gokon experiences

Please see my experience in real gokons in Gokon report section.

Please let me know if you have any specific question or topis that you want me to research. Contact me at tokyocherie@hotmail.com, looking forward to receiving interesting comments and question!

girls' rules guidebook for gokon, I studied this book lol

girls' rules guidebook for gokon, I studied this book lol

1 Response to "Gogo Gokon"

Have you ever had gokon with Americans? I’ve seen this a lot in J-dramas and thought it would be a fun thing to initiate but I’m not sure if it would translate the same here, ya know?

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From the Western perspective, what goes on in the Japanese dating scene is really different and interesting! In this shy nation of Japan, meeting new people is almost institutionalized, dating and romance is littered with conventions that protect people from social awkwardness. What are dating conventions and rules in Japan? How do the shy Japanese people meet new people, develop affection, and express their passion? As I research and answer these question, I will write a real time report of what's going on in the Tokyo dating scene, or the "Tokyo Meet Market" here in this blog. I hope you enjoy my blog and a trip around Tokyo Meet Market with me!

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