ToraCon's Otaku Matchmaking Parties Expanding to Nagoya
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The ToraCon marriage consulting office dedicated to helping otaku find love initially had trouble finding prospective bachelorettes, but the service announced its plans to expand outside of Akihabara. The service will open a satellite office in Nagoya at the end of the month.
To celebrate the opening, the "Nagoya Grand Open Campaign" will be held until the end of September and the admission fee will be up to 60% off. ToraCon will also launch a web interview service for consultations where travelling is an issue.
The service boasts that since opening in February, matches are as high as 95% percent within the first three months and the dating rate is as high as 60%.
ToraCon's participation rules include a serious interest in finding partners to marry. Bachelors must be employed and between the ages of 28 and 45. Bachelorettes do not have to be employed, but they can only be from 27 years old to their 30s. While it is seen as normal and socially acceptable for women to marry significantly older men in Japan, the same is not necessarily true for the reverse scenario.
The dōjin manga shop Toranoana launched the ToraCon service. According to Toranoana's founder and CEO Hirotaka Yoshida, about 68% of otaku are unmarried in Japan. Yoshida said he is not sure what it will take, but he hopes ToraCon will help to solve that problem.