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Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby Shibakoen » Tue 10.18.2005 7:53 pm

Chotto off topic..., but I think it's pretty funny that here in the States it's "not cool" for guys to smile for pictures. Especially in the hip-hop crowd.
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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby nprz » Tue 10.18.2005 8:58 pm

I always smile for photos. My alien registration card had the same picture as my passport, same with my school ID.... ack, I just double checked, no smile at all and my eye is twitching in the photo :(

If you are smiling and laughing to yourself on a train, then whoever you are facing might feel self conscious (no matter what country you are in). If you are really loud on a train talking in English, with or without giggling or laughing, someone is bound to get pissed off. Many are self conscious when you talk in English because they don't understand what you are talking about.

When I am walking by people though, most of them do not make eye contact or even acknowledge my existance. It doesn't bother me though otherwise I might be embarrassed for staring at them the entire time ;)

I am sure foreigners in New York would say the same thing about Americans ignoring them on the streets. Too many people to give a damn.
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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby stanggirl70 » Fri 10.28.2005 12:59 am

dragon89 wrote:
lol. I thought you weren't supposed to smile for passports/drivers license anymore. I want to pull a Naruto... if anyone knows what I'm talking about.


I'm going to do that for my next press pass photo. :p
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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby I-samu » Wed 02.22.2006 11:45 pm

Meh, I got used to it.
Whenever I left the safety of my relatives' house, my serious face went on.
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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby Infidel » Thu 02.23.2006 8:20 pm

Holy necropost batman.
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RE: Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 02.23.2006 8:51 pm

Holy necropost batman.


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