f there's one activity that's important to master in 2018, it's crying. Between endless accusations of sexual assault being made public, errant fake missile warnings being sent out willy-nilly, and Donald Trump alienating half the world with wildly racist comments, there's a lot we need to let go.
And crying is one of the best ways to relax, relieve stress, and rejuvenate. Take it from a big crier.
Japan has recently commodified crying. It may sound ridiculous, but women in Japan have started paying to cry in the presence of a handsome man. It's a new service, and I'm about to tell you all about it.
We all love a good cry.
It can be cathartic in ways that practically no other experience can be. One of the ways in which human beings are unique is that crying is an emotional experience for us. It has the power to relieve.
So wipe away those tears of sadness, because now, if you're a woman in Japan, you can pay to cry.
There is a service that facilitates crying sessions for women in Japan. It is the brainchild of entrepreneur and author Hiroki Terai.
The crying service encourages people to cry together while a handsome man wipes your tears away.
And we are so on board.
Australian-born filmmaker Darryl Thoms shot a short documentary about Terai’s crying service called Crying with the Handsom Man. The short film was selected for National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase, and it’s viewable on their website.
In the film, Thoms gains access to one of the crying therapy sessions and interviews the women who participated.
Needless to say, they all cried. What can I say? The service delivers.
According to National Geographic, rui-katsu, or “tear-seeking,” is a popular practice with women in Japan.
As it should be!
It shouldn’t be taboo or unsettling to cry. Part of Terai’s mission is to make crying a comfortable experience.
Of course, one of the biggest components of this is the host of the crying sessions, who helps the women open up…the Handsome Man…