So, as much as you would expect this to be about Japanese women (and for that matter… men), who survive by living of the money of a rich boyfriend, husband, or even papa… Its not!
Rather, this is purely and simply about Japanese men and a certain tendency that they have.
I was sitting in a Japanese culture discussion group, and as we were bringing up topics that we wanted to discuss or that we had questions on, one of the younger members piped up with, “Why do Japanese men walk around blatantly picking their nose in public?! Don’t they realize that people can see them?”. At this point, the majority of the members in the room got that, So… I’m not the only one who has noticed this?! look on their faces.
And as it turns out, almost every single member has seen it. Whether it be a 48-year-old business man rushing his way through Tokyo station, or a 23-year-old winner chilling on the subway lacking awareness of his surroundings, they are out there, in abundance.
In fact, after a quick search, I found this video which pretty much illustrates the point…
Even managed to find a forum talking about it!! Click Here
Now, if you have spent any amount of time in Tokyo, chances are that you have seen this. Multiple times.
And while some people will argue that living in an overly crowded city in Japan can leave a person feeling like nobody is ever looking at them because there are so many other people around, it doesn’t change the reality.
I even took some time to ask some of my Japanese friends what they think of these Japanese nose pickers, and the topic of public nose picking in Japan.
I was somewhat surprised to find out that at least 50% of both the Japanese men and Japanese women that I asked said that it was neither uncommon or shocking to them to see someone picking their nose in public…
In fact, some even brought up other points such as teeth cleaning, eye-gunk picking, and open genital scratching that they saw just as often if not more often than nose picking…
So as the discussion group got going on this topic, my mind was on this blog and all of you out there. And so that brings us once again to the what are your thoughts? section. (and I thought I might toss in another poll~ )