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School For Marriage in Japan

Japanese School Tells Students How to Find and Keep Spouses

Well, this is certainly one way to find a husband! Unfortunately, it's unlikely any students will find romance at Japan's Infini marriage prep school because it teaches men and women to become marriage material separately — they learn how to sit, walk, and endear themselves to the parents of potential spouses.

And it is men and women: the average age of students is 30. It's mostly women, but that's not because men aren't registering. They just aren't showing up when the premarital wedding bells ring. I don't blame them! In class, students must go on pretend dates, and instructors then critique their performances.

"Before, people would find it easy to get married because families and society would connect them in some way, sometimes pushing them to get married," said Etsuko Satake, the Infini marriage school's principal. "But nowadays, people have too many choices and cannot seem to make up their minds."

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Does this seem like the right lesson or a bad message?

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heathersu heathersu 7 years
I want to go to this school. I'd be lying if I said it couldn't help me.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with totygoliguez and runningesq... Cosmo, the unofficial "women's bible" (hate that stupid term- if I ever treat Cosmo as gospel, shoot me), is filled every month with endless suggestions on how to please, keep, & satisfy men. Not to mention the hundreds of relationship/dating self-help books out there. Furthermore, Japanese citizens aren't being forced to go to these schools, so if someone feels it could help them, then more power to 'em.
Depraved-Girl Depraved-Girl 7 years
@Cfp, I agree, who couldn't use more help with impressing the parents? Of course, if you don't fart in front of them, you're one step ahead of me.
cfp cfp 7 years
Hmm, maybe I should take this class. I would be lying if I said I didn't need to work on endearing myself to my boyfriend's mother...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I agree on the comparison to Cosmo, totygoliguez. I picked up an issue the other day at the salon and was appalled at the content. How to get a man, how to please a man, how to please the man you got, 100 billion sex tips to please him, make your hair sexy, etc.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I suppose it is part of their culture. Some of my Indian friends still have arranged marriages.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
What is the difference between this school and magazines like Cosmo or Glamour? Their articles are always trying to tell you how to behave, how to understand men, how to make your boyfriend happy, etc. I think if those classes work to better their love life, then good for them. What I fear is that this will encourage women and men to be something that they are not, then they are basing their relationships in lies.
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