I've traveled to over 40 countries in the past 5 years, so although my long-term relationship experience is quite limited (it's almost Valentine's Day so I'd rather not dwell on that part), I still find going out with locals to be one of the most interesting parts of my experiences overseas.However, the idea of becoming romantically involved with someone who calls home somewhere 5,000 miles away from my home is extremely counter intuitive.Another method of bringing Japanese and foreigners together are "International Parties" that are often advertised in magazines and newspapers.
For those who don't want to mix business with romance, one of the best alternatives to meeting Japanese are the many salsa schools that have recently become popular in Japan.
Women in these classes usually out number the men, and the lively atmosphere makes it relatively easy to meet someone looking for a dance partner.
Aside from the token “cool teacher” with whom I might occasionally have a personal conversation, I treated my teachers as distant authority figures and engaged with them through formal interactions.
Though some students back home had closer relationships with their teachers, many of the interactions that comprise the teacher-student relationship in Korea would be grounds for dismissal in the States.
I do not say this (or anything else) to pass judgment, but I want to emphasize the level of difference in accepted teacher-student interactions. Touching, texting, playing, and even corporal punishments, are all a daily part of Korean school life. Teachers in Korea will shake, pick up, and even hit their students, no matter what their age.