Source: @honkouji Looking For True Love? Go To Your Nearest Temple! 2015-08-05 Wed 2015-08-07 Fri It’s surprisingly difficult to meet someone new in Japan – especially if you’re not so outgoing like many Japanese people. To combat this, there are many parties being hosted specifically to meeting someone new and finding your potential partner. Despite this, many participants are finding it difficult to get anything out of it. There is one particular type of gathering that is becoming really popular... 宇都宮で、文京区の婚活広告をみる事になるとはな。 お寺で婚活という発想は無かったが、うまい活動かもなー pic.twitter.com/zddahJG7Rc— 町田メガネ：金東ハ44-b (@machidamegane) 2015, 5月 4 It’s held in a temple. It might seem a bit odd at first, temple has traditionally been involved in matchmaking. Since temple has close ties with the local community, this initiative makes sense. maya.t (m)さん(@m7a7y7a)が投稿した写真 - 2014 8月 17 5:30午前 PDT According to participants, these events gives you the temple experience that takes people away from ordinary life. On top of that, there’s plenty of time to relax and talk to each other at length – this way, you get to know each other more. These events are held in temples nationwide, and they are popular. 【はひふへ本光寺写経コン５】お寺好き・神社好き男女の縁結び・婚活を目的とした、寺社コンを開催。参加23名。住職が懇親会に飛び入り参加！カップル成立のご連絡お待ちしております！本光寺ブログ http://t.co/X3JoNVfak3 pic.twitter.com/91AaJuA2WL— 本光寺 (@honkouji) 2015, 4月 25 Because these events are held in temples, they are affordable, yet the majority of participants are serious about finding their potential partner. More conventional matchmaking events can feel a bit like being in a factory line introducing yourself to strangers in quick succession. I don’t think you can really get rid of the artificial feeling even if it is done in temples, but it might be a better option if you want to take your time a bit more. By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:@honkouji / @machidamegane / m7a7y7a Tags: Marriage / Matchmaking grape Japan Only in Japan Looking For True Love? Go To Your Nearest Temple! Related Article Waifu Welfare Benefits Are a Thing Now (Hasbandos Too): Japanese Company Leads The Way The Rise Of The Decline Of Dating In Japan China’s “Leftover Women” Take A Courageous Stand Against Society’s Labels Couples to be offered $5700 to get hitched in Japan. Will its ailing demographics recover? How Does A Man Use All Of The Japanese Islands In The World’s Largest Proposal? The Japanese stars Yui Aragaki and Gen Hoshino are getting married for real!