Konkatsu translates to “marriage hunting”, and it’s become an increasingly common phenomenon as many young people are actively seeking spouses. Some people claim that “marriage is like permanent employment.” For those people, the process of marriage hunting is very similar to that of job hunting. Several organizations providing assistance and support for hopeful spouse hunters, and orchestrating konkatsu events, have appeared recently in Japan.
Today I would like to talk about another unique konkatsu event held in Yamanashi prefecture. Fuji-Gawa, one of the three biggest rafting rivers in Japan, is located in Yamanashi. Fuji-Gawa is indeed very popular for rafting. This coming May and June, a local not-for-profit organization is planning some konkatsu events called “Happy Rafting”, ideally for single people in their 20-30’s.
During the course of the rafting trip, 12 men and 12 women enjoy rafting as they rotate positions and partners, changing the combinations so that the group can cultivate mutual friendships. When the rafting is done, singles can enjoy a barbecue party as well. What’s more, everybody has a chance to enjoy the flickering lightning bugs that frequent Fuji-Gawa in the late spring and summer. Participation fees for the trip: men ¥8,000 (US$97) / women ¥5,000 (US$60).
Japan Style has also introduced some articles related to konkatsu.
– Japanese Lucky Bag, Fukubukuro for Marriage Hunting!?
– Unique Marriage Hunting in Japan – Ramen? Baseball Game?
– Japanese Municipalities Host “Konkatsu” Matchmaking Parties
Source: Excite News
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