Japanese views of dating
A woman (女) married the household (家) of her husband, hence the logograms for yome Marriage was restricted to households of equal social standing (分限), which made selection a crucial, painstaking process.Although Confucian ethics encouraged people to marry outside their own group, limiting the search to a local community remained the easiest way to ensure an honorable match.
Marriage, like other social institutions of this period, emphasized the subordinate inferiority of women to men.
Approximately one-in-five marriages in pre-modern Japan occurred between households that were already related.
Outcast communities such as the Burakumin could not marry outside of their caste, and marriage discrimination continued even after an 1871 edict abolished the caste system, well into the twentieth century.
celebrated the luxury and hedonism of the era, typically with depictions of beautiful courtesans and geisha of the pleasure districts.
Concubinage and prostitution were common, public, relatively respectable, until the social upheaval of the Meiji Restoration put an end to feudal society in Japan.
Aristocratic wives could remain in their fathers' house, and the husband would recognize paternity with the formal presentation of a gift.