which is translated into “I will not die, I will not die, I like you so I will not die”.
As you can see, even in such dramatic situation, he still did not say “I love you” but instead he said “I like you”.
So now you might wonder how do you say I love you in Japan? If you want to let someone know you are interested in them, it is better (and more common) to say one of the following
あなたがすきです(anata ga sukidesu)=I like you
きみがすきです(kimi ga sukidesu)=I like you
えりこさんがすきです(eriko san ga sukidesu)=I like Miss Erico
If you are interested in dating someone from a culture other than your own, understanding the new culture is very important. However, it is time consuming and there are always hidden obstacles. Why not save yourself sometime by learning from someone who has been there. The book “Understanding Japanese Women” is written by a western man named David Radtke who not only experienced various cultural shocks while dating a Japanese woman, but he has also lived in Japan and observed the cultural differences at first hand.
Check his book out so you will not make a simple mistake of saying “Aishiteru” instead of “Dai suki” to ruin your chance of finding a true love.