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Why Are Japanese Women Paying to Cry with a ‘Handsome’ Man? | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

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/

Why Are Japanese Women Paying to Cry with a ‘Handsome’ Man? | Short Film Showcase

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  • National Geographic on January 22, 2018

    Tears have relaxing and healing effects. Do you think you would want to try this 'crying service' in Japan? Why or why not?

  • TheDAA14 on June 3, 2018

    I understand the need for this kind of service

  • Srtj.Av. on June 9, 2018

    This people are so repressed it's unbelievable.

  • Selma M on June 18, 2018

    Japan is always on another level 🤣

  • peace lover on June 27, 2018

    Come to my country….u can cry everytime!!

  • misaki kun on July 2, 2018


  • Susho Chishi on August 11, 2018

    don't cry for me ladies😂😂

  • Robin Roshto on August 29, 2018

    Just when you think things can't get any wierder in Japan…

  • Capsule Corp.

  • I make you cry for free!🤗🇨🇱

  • ihavetubes on April 12, 2019

    the theme song at 0:01 reminds me of zapdramatic games.

  • Ivi on May 5, 2019

    What a fake world we live in

  • sofia mora on May 8, 2019

    this is so weird but has so much sense, its so good? just that i wouldnt pay for it lmao

  • Rishabh Singh Thakur on June 13, 2019

    This is actually so fking good

  • Philip Watson 82 on July 13, 2019

    WHAT THE ?????

  • Ruiya Xiao on July 30, 2019

    I need to cry,either

  • ilichuu on August 22, 2019

    The dream job does not exi……

  • brian rhoads on September 8, 2019

    :05…… The ridiculousness isnt lost on me. Thank you women. You've continued to save me TONS of money. Or perhaps I should thank Youtube?

  • Ahmad Shoaib on September 12, 2019

    Now I see why woman here in Pakistan encourage somebody, whose close one is died , to cry

  • Ge Te on December 11, 2019

    Funny comments …comparing the western and japan minds

  • Charlie Shin on February 19, 2020

    gravity is a harness, i have harnessed the harness

  • I didn't know I was that privileged. I've been crying for free my whole life .

  • Polish Hero Witold Pilecki on May 23, 2020

    Japan so capitalist they sell you the emotions.

  • Mayank Bhardwaj on May 25, 2020

    this is cultural transformation
    japanese adults are now alone and they are now not marrying as previously and focusing more on money and carrier
    so now they need this material sympathy and love

  • Zedkay on July 15, 2020

    Come to India my country condition will make you cry 😆😆😆
    Any way what is a definition of handsome in Japan 😆😆😆who was hand some in the video?

  • Paul Langton-Rogers on August 3, 2020

    Fascinating. It gives us a great insight and better understanding of Japanese culture which is hard for foreigners to understand. Japanese suppress their emotions, so this is a kind of sudden emotional release of years of that. Can see how it can be beneficial even though it seems very strange to pay for this, it's a kind of healing therapy. There's a lot of loneliness and social isolation or pressure in Japan to conform to social norms. Many struggle to fit in or find their place in society.

  • Trina Franklin on August 5, 2020

    i barely cry but i’m not paying for that tf

  • lastninjaitachi on August 6, 2020

    This is what happens when you dont express your emotions regulairly. This is not healthy.

  • Paul Lim on September 25, 2020

    Hello friends…I was thinking of sonething else at first. This is very useful information.

  • Mustafa Rahmani on October 13, 2020

    2:35 name of his music? i wanne listen to full version please

  • Silver Man on November 8, 2020

    I see why religions advocate for keeping women in check. They're unstable

  • Fey __ on December 9, 2020

    Why am I still stressed when I cry myself to sleep every night?

  • Nicholas on December 31, 2020

    With that music he's playing, I'd be crying too!

  • Tsarevna Hilda on January 1, 2021

    Why don’t they bring this to the Western world?

  • KrissMGvlogs on January 17, 2021

    Why just women?

  • David Rahnaward on February 10, 2021

    That is possible only in Japan 😄😄😄

  • Future on March 1, 2021

    I wouldn't do that if you paid me $5. I can't stand people who cry, it annoys me.

  • pawan lohomord on March 24, 2021

    Perfect example of taking advantage of vulnarable people emotions and making a buisness out of there money. I wish people should be able to cry and express there feeling with there friends family or even strangers but without paying. This means poor people FU your tears dosent matter

  • AP xCAIM3N on April 13, 2021

    what about me im a men i also cry

  • Dazu Nieruchomosci on April 15, 2021

    real cry? watch AI, war horse, prisoners, beautiful bones or 8 mile movie

  • PauloWatanabe on April 17, 2021

    Aren't there onions in Japan?

    (contains irony …)

  • Greg Estee on April 30, 2021

    I think perhaps you should cry together before marriage. Then you will learn the truth.

  • Greg Estee on April 30, 2021

    Learn about Ireland and Scotland. Then you will understand crying. Learn about battle cry. Remember. When you cry Heavenly Father hears you. Angel's of mercy will help all who cry out to Lord Jesus.

  • Arren G on August 13, 2021

    lol this is literally what boyfriends do and other things that boyfriends usually do they also made it as a business …japan literally filled with business minded people, i am amazed!

  • Jak Shuwairi on October 1, 2021

    Disgusting ….eeeewwwww

  • Ganesh M on December 8, 2021


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