View topic - Smiling in Japan - cultural traditions vs friendliness
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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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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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Whenever I left the safety of my relatives' house, my serious face went on.
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Holy necropost batman.
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