Canada and Japan. I met while studying abroad and have a long-distance relationship.


21 year old female living in Japan×20 year old man living in Canada
We are currently in a long-distance relationship.


Introducing the experiences of a Canadian man living in Vancouver and a woman who is still in a long-distance relationship.

I met him while studying in Germany

We were both studying abroad in Germany and met at the school where we were studying.

He and I often took the same class and became more and more familiar with each other.

At first, I was only aware that he was a very close friend, but as the two of us went out, the relationship deepened and the relationship developed.

But after studying abroad, we had to return to our home countries to graduate from each other’s colleges.

We had a catastrophe once because of our long-distance relationship, but we decided to continue dating because we continued to like each other.

Frequency of dates during long-distance relationships

It’s been about seven months since the long-distance relationship began, but we have never met.

This is because the borders of each other’s countries are blocked by the influence of the coronavirus, and it is not possible to go back and forth between each other’s countries.

To be honest, I was happy with everything

It’s been my birthday since the long-distance relationship began, and I was happy when he gave me what I wanted, which I touched lightly in the conversation on the phone.

However, when it comes to long-distance relationships, I feel that the hurdle for happiness is greatly lowered, and honestly, I’m happy with everything.

I’m happy with the message “I love you”, and I’m happy just to make time for him to call while he’s busy.

I’m too anxious and fail…

To be honest, there is nothing like a failure during a long-distance relationship.

However, I didn’t know when I could meet next time, I could say that I was really dating, and maybe he would have another woman he like, so I accumulated too many anxieties myself and cried over the phone.
I was embarrassed when I was there.

He told me, “If you have such anxiety, please tell me properly,” and I was told that I couldn’t tell him what he really meant.

Items that are useful during long-distance relationships

Now that I’m away from him, I’m being helped by the existence of LINE.

My boyfriend is Canadian, so he hadn’t used LINE until I met him, but he had LINE installed to get in touch with me.

Since the photos of the two of us when we went out are left in the LINE album for a long time, we can look back on them, and it is useful because we can send photos to each other and share our daily lives.

The appeal of online dating

I think the appeal of online dating is that you can see the other person’s face.

Seeing your lover’s smile will heal you, and I think you will be able to convey your feelings in words rather than by phone or message.

I think it is also attractive to be able to enjoy movies together by using the screen sharing of the app.

What you think is necessary for a successful long-distance relationship

I think that putting your life first is necessary for a successful long-distance relationship.

In the case of international romance, there is a time difference with the other party, making it difficult to prepare time for the call.

That said, I think it will be a burden someday if I wake up to make a phone call every day until midnight.

Therefore, I think it is important to think about your own life first.

On the videophone I was looking forward to…

It was very sad that he had made a videophone call but forgot it.

I’m looking forward to seeing the other person’s face and hearing the voice, but I was worried that my boyfriend might be looking forward to it.

It also made me sad that he was operating his smartphone while talking on the videophone.

I was worried that the conversation with me would be boring, so I told him to concentrate on the conversation.

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