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“For nuns, it’s extra difficult – when they marry, the husband takes the wife’s name which is very unusual in Japan and not many men’s families are happy about this.” Highlighting the challenges facing young Japanese in general, Yuki Ito, president of Two Ai Links, added: "The number of 20 to 34-year-olds contacting our matchmaking company is increasing year by year, some of whom have never had a relationship.
"Young men are not always comfortable asking girls out on dates and they also tend to work a lot so women know that they would not be able to help with childcare.” The first nun matchmaking event unfolded last Sunday in the serene confines of 17th century Sanjo Betsuin temple in Niigata’s Sanjo City.
They have busy lives and don’t want to settle down right away.” • Japanese hotel launches 'crying rooms' Describing her ideal husband, she added: “Someone who accepts my hobbies, likes cats and is kind.” Sitting nearby was her newly acquired date who gave his name as Yohji Mori, 37, a food delivery worker, who attended the event in order to find a wife with a serious vocation.
“I have had girlfriends in the past but now I’m looking for a wife,” he said.
Participants then filed into another room, with traditional tatami mat flooring, calligraphic artworks and sliding paper screens that gave way to green temple garden views.A candle-making session followed, plus informal chatting over green tea, sweets and heart-shaped cookies, before participants cast their votes for their favourite dates – resulting in three matched couples.Among the successful was a nun who asked to be called Mine Mori, from Joetsu, Niigata: “My parents told me about the event. I don’t have time to meet people, I’ve been too busy. “I suppose women today feel like they don’t need to marry quickly.“People are not having children and it’s difficult for those living in small cities and rural areas to meet other young people,” he said.“It’s very hard for temple owners in particular, because their temples will close if they cannot pass them on to their children.