Meet Someone Special by Covering Up Your Face
Speed dating is an efficient way for single people hoping to find romance to meet a number of other single people at once.
People who attend a speed dating event go on several short dates in the same night. At the end of the night, they let the organizers know if they met someone they would like to see again.
The organizers then help the daters get in contact with each other.
The problem with this kind of event, however, is that the people with the best looking faces and bodies are often the most popular.
But one speed dating company in Japan is working to change that. It wants to prove that people can connect emotionally without seeing each other's faces clearly.
The company is called Def Anniversary. It thinks that people trying to find a partner should think more about personality than appearance.
The singles are required to wear surgical masks, which cover the lower part of the face.
Kei Matsumura is the head of Def Anniversary. She said the singles attending her events should get to know each other's personality first instead of judging a person only on his or her appearance.
One opinion survey found that nearly half of single people between the ages of 25 and 36 in Japan want to be married. They say they just have not met the right person yet.
Those questioned say there are not very many ways to meet new people outside of work.
That is why speed dating events are popular.
Chiharu Tsukahara is one speed dater. She said she was able to learn more about her possible dates because her face was covered.
"Generally, facial features influence our first impression, but here, personality matters," she said.
Yasumasa Kishi is another speed dater. He liked Def Anniversary's masked dating event.
"Because I was not being judged on my appearance, I think I was able to be more outgoing with the women," he said.
Research from Japan's health ministry said the marriage rate nationwide has dropped by 50 percent since 1975.
Maybe the masked dating will make a difference.
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参加快速约会活动的人一晚可参加多次短暂约会 。约会活动结束时，他们需告知组织方是否遇到了想进一步了解的人 。
然而，日本一家快速约会公司正努力改变这一现象 。该公司想要证明，人们可在不清楚对方长相的情况下进行情感交流 。
该公司名为Def Anniversary 。该公司表示，想要寻找人生伴侣的人应该更关注人品而非长相 。
Kei Matsumura是Def Anniversary公司的负责人 。她表示，参加约会活动的单身人士应该先了解对方的性格，不要以貌取人 。
日本一项民意调查发现，在25岁到36岁的单身人士中，约一半的人表示想要结婚 。他们觉得只是还没遇到合适的另一半 。
Chiharu Tsukahara是一位参加快速约会的单身人士 。她表示，因为遮住了长相，自己可以更透彻地了解约会对象 。
她说，“一般情况下，长相会影响第一印象 。但在这里，人品才是最关键的 。”
Yasumasa Kishi也是一名参加快速约会的单身人士 。他很喜欢 Def Anniversary公司组织的快速约会活动 。