People in Japan Learning to Smile Due to Over-Usage of Face Mask


In Japan, many people started wearing face masks during the pandemic, and it became a common practice. The government advised everyone to wear masks when the situation was at its worst. Now that the recommendation to wear masks has been lifted, some individuals, like Himawari Yoshida, have realized that they need to learn how to smile again. Yoshida and other young people have sought the help of a “smile instructor” named Keiko Kawano. Kawano teaches them exercises like stretching their lips and using mirrors to practice their smiles. These sessions are considered useful for improving their facial expressions and getting ready for job opportunities in Japan.