Yeah, I guess this seems initially as a typical "OMG JAPNZEEZ GURLZ HOW GET NOW???" sort of thread, but I'm actually a bit more serious about the topic than this. Japan is different from the US in a number of ways, this is a no brainer. The biggest difference I've noticed though, is it is surprisingly difficult to "just hang out" in Japan, especially Tokyo. Because everything costs a good amount of money, even just "hanging out" with someone a day can cost easily equivalent to $40. Add on to this that people in Tokyo sometimes appear to be materialistic suckers when it comes to finances, even trying to be reasonable with your money on a student budget can be a bit difficult, especially when it comes to considering dating. That is assuming you even get to the date. Because people are generally within their own groups, (and in my case, the "I'm not Japanese, and my language is limited" barrier) it seems quite difficult to ask someone out, or even know the correct way to go about it. I'm going to be in Japan for quite a while, so I figured I might as well ask this sort of thing here. What is a typical process for asking out, going out, and what is often expected of a typical date in Japan? Vagueness, differences between people, and differences in taste of course exist, but personal experience examples are always helpful. Thanks.