【From Japan】What surprised me most when I traveled to 23 countries【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
2021-08-28 ｜ TOSHI
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Hello, I’m a Japanese woman named TOSHI. I’ve traveled to 23 countries, used to write articles in a travel web magazine, and seen lots of interesting things during my travels.
During one trip, I saw something that I found truly surprising. Can you guess what it is?
In Turkey, where I went on a tour trip, the guide was a typical middle-aged man. They took the group to a historical tourist attraction, where they met another middle-aged male guide. Without showing expressions or emotions, they reached out and kissed each other on the cheeks.
Maybe you wouldn’t find that surprising, but I was shocked.
Typically in Japan, even close friends and family members rarely do body touches or kisses. Only people in romantic relationships do it.
My mother loves me so much, but the last time I hugged her mother was when I was about 10 years old. We were waiting for a car outside, and it was bitterly cold. My mother pulled me inside the coat she was wearing with her.
My mother can’t stand the idea of letting her daughter get cold, and protected me from the bitter air.
Even now, she can’t stand if I am cold, because she is sensitive to cold, but we haven’t touched each other since, since that chance a long time ago.
So I was really surprised that a middle-aged man of the same sex, who was appeared to be just a colleague, kissed his cheek with no expression.
In Japan, it’s probably going to be more than 100 years before Yamada and Ito (both of whom have common surnames in Japan) can meet at work and kiss their cheeks in front of everyone as a simple greeting. Japanese history for around 2600 years, and I don’t think it has ever happened here during that time.
I think different cultures are an amazing experience. It seems like many people feel the same way about Japan. Do you agree?
I love to live in Japan, but I want to go on a trip again as soon as possible!