As I said before, Japanese are very shy and not good at expressing their feelings on their faces.
What’s more confusing is that they smile.
The Japanese smile when they are shy. The Japanese smile when they are angry. The Japanese smile when they are sorry. The Japanese smile when they are interviewed by a TV reporter about very very tragical news.
Well, not always, of course.
But most of the time, for sure.
But please don’t think the Japanese are stupid or heartless.
We the Japanese simply don’t know how to deal with big feelings.
It is an uneasy smile. Te-re-Ka-ku-shi, is the Japanese word.
Te-re means shyness and/or nervousness. Ka-ku-shi means hiding.
Uneasy Smile. Te-re-Ka-ku-shi. Hiding nervousness. By showing no harm.Beautiful.
As I said before, Japanese greet with bowing.We rarely touch other people’s body.
People from shaking-hands culture may be surprised at how weak and shy hands a Japanese has. We Japanese are simply not accustomed to it.
Please greet us with bowing.
Well, as a theatre practitioner, I teach shaking hands (truly, they need to be taught!) to university students and global business people — many times with executives. I also find that business executives from other Asian countries also love to know how to shake hands.
But do you know how to shake hands properly without awkwardness? Shaking hands is a part of acting techniques. It’s that difficult!