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Jakarta Post

Japanese women find love in Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani and Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 11 2010   /  03:31 pm

Yuko and her two friends enjoy their lunch on Kuta Beach on a warm Sunday, digging into nasi campur (rice with mixed vegetables), fried fish, tempeh and chilli sauce. They chitchat with local tour guides while they eat off woven palm-leaf plates. "I love Bali because of its delicious cuisine and friendly people," says Yuko, a Japanese tourist who came to Bali two days ago. It's not easy to find such friendliness back home, the 34-year-old says. During their vacation, Yuko and her friends have hung out at nightclubs in Kuta and strolled around the beach. "It's so fun to be in Bali," says 34-year-old Chika. This is the friends' third visit here in the past year. Yuko has another reason for frequenting the island. "I have *a relationship* with someone here," she says. Yuko hopes she can eventually marry her boyfriend. "I want to get married to a Balin...