Rashidat Amanda Oumiya, a 28-year-old American housewife, didn't come to Japan looking for a husband. The Savannah, Georgia, native was an English teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, living in Hokkaido and doing what JETs do in Sapporo on Saturday nights: They get their drink on at the local Susukino watering hole called Booty.

It was there that, out of nowhere, he just walked right up and started kicking it to her, and it wasn't long before she knew her days of being single were over.

"He was so bold with it," Amanda says of Daisuke, her future salaryman husband. "And not in a fake macho kind of way. The way he approached me, he just had all the qualities I was interested in. He was attractive, older than me and seemed serious. Yet he was super-kind and gentle — though some people think he looks scary."