The practice of miai emerged in 16th century among the Samurai class to form and protect strong military alliances among warlords to ensure mutual support.
However, parents and children of bourgeois family deeply wish to maintain the social standard and life style of Japanese bourgeois family by finding an appropriate partner with the same or higher social status.
Ideally, the couple and their families should be of equal social status.
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.
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Miai, (literally “looking at each other”) or is a Japanese custom whereby unattached individuals are introduced to each other to consider the possibility of marriage.Therefore, though love marriages are considered ideal in the society, the main concept of miai, to be introduced to an eligible single man/woman and to objectively select the initial criteria with marriage in mind, are still favored and practiced casually by majority of the young people.The criteria used in the match making practice have not changed greatly.The women just start a casual flirtation by starting a conversation.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. How do the shy Japanese people meet new people, develop affection, and express their passion?