Bakkapuru is a word you might have heard in anime circles. It’s that lovely-dovey couple that flaunts their affection and wears their hearts on their sleeves wherever they go, much to the annoyance of everyone around them. And we’ve all probably been a part of one at some point. If you and your SO check four or more things off this list, chances are you’re one half of what those in Japan call a bakkapuru (“stupid couple”).
You wear matching outfits.
Wearing matching outfits with your infant son or daughter is cute, but wearing matching outfits with your significant other is something else. Nevertheless, especially in East Asia, matching girlfriend-boyfriend outfits are totally a thing. It’s literally wearing your relationship status on your arm and making sure everyone around you knows how in love you are.
You go to typical date spots.
These couples love tried-and-tested date spots. Date night clichés like ferris wheels, movie theaters, shopping malls, and theme parks are prime spotting grounds for bakkapuru.
You take coordinated photos…lots of them.
The essential bakkapuru portrait is more than just the usual romantic kiss. You coordinate facial expressions, body language, and anything else you can think of to ensure you get your message across: you’re so in love, you’re in sync.
You take classes together.
As one half of a bakkapuru, it’s difficult for you to be apart from your other half. So instead of nurturing your separate interests, you take classes together instead. Besides, fitness, cooking, and any class that requires designated clothing or uniforms is another great excuse to coordinate your outfits.
You’re a total over-sharer on SMS.
Facebook, Instagram, and other SMS are the perfect platform to share your personal love story. Public declarations of love, unsolicited thank you speeches, and celebrating the month-by-month anniversary of the day you became a couple ensures everyone – sometimes including perfect strangers – knows just how in love you both are.
You engage in high-level PDA.
Regardless of the audience, the bakkapuru shamelessly engages in public displays of affection – the least of which is a smooch – for all to see. Public displays of affection make many people feel uncomfortable, partly because they’ve unwillingly been forced into the role of voyeur, or otherwise feel obligated to look away and respect your privacy.
You have matching accessories.
A step above the classic matching weddings bands or promise rings, having matching accessories – like backpacks, hats, or sunglasses – is a way to show you’re paired off that’s only slightly less in-your-face than matching outfits. Also includes matching tattoos.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.