In Japan, filmmaker Darryl Thoms explores an unusual group crying practice and why its founder believes it is bringing people together.
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Why do we cry? Even though numerous animal species shed tears, emotional crying is a uniquely human activity. Regardless of the reason behind it, many people believe that expressing one’s emotions in this way can be both cathartic and healthy. In Japan, entrepreneur Hiroki Terai has even adopted this belief as a business strategy. He is the founder of a group crying service that encourages people to cry together while a “handsome weeping boy” wipes their tears away. Known as rui-katsu or ‘tear-seeking,’ the practice is especially popular with women and is said to relieve stress levels. In Crying with the Handsome Man, filmmaker Darryl Thoms explores this unusual practice and why its founder believes it is bringing people together.
Read more in See Why Japanese Women Are Paying to Cry with a ‘Handsome’ Man: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/japan-crying-culture-women-handsome/
Darryl Thoms: http://www.xorigin.com/
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