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Notes written by Dominis and someone who appears to be an assistant that accompanied the dozens of rolls of film he shot provide insight into the song and dance (sometimes literal) in which the young lovers engaged.Some met by chance, others in settings tailor-made for matchmaking. This may have been a common story for heterosexual couples in America in the 1950s, but when LIFE dispatched John Dominis to capture love and marriage in post-war Japan, he found a landscape undergoing a significant transformation. Boy and girl get married, buy a house and have (on average) 2.2 children.Before the war, most marriages in Japan were arranged by the bride’s and groom’s parents.Men and women rarely spent much time together prior to the wedding, let alone took part in anything that might qualify as “dating.” But during the Allied occupation of Japan—from the end of World War II until 1952—the ubiquity of the American soldier’s courtship rituals jump-started the Westernization of love and marriage in Japan.One of these settings was the “Shibui” dance, run by a man of the same name.For .50, young men and women could attend a night of dinner and dancing with the express purpose of introducing eligible bachelors to single young women.
One young couple, Akiksuke Tsutsui and Chiyoko Inami, met when Chiyoko, who worked at a bank in the same building as Akiksuke’s father’s clothing shop, began frequenting the shop during breaks.
When Akiksuke brought Chiyoko to meet his family—after several outings to the beach, cafs, beer halls and department stores—his siblings welcomed her in ways that reflected the changing times.