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Taking People Pictures in Shy Japan

We find the best way to take people pictures in Japan is simply to ask.

by Bob Kerstetter

Japanese people are shy, sometimes going out of their way to avoid being in a photograph.

We find the best way to take people pictures in Japan is simply to ask. You usually receive a “yes” answer.

Father and Daughter

Ask Politely and Snap a Photo

This father and daughter stopped to exchange greetings.

Grandmother and Granddaughter

Grandmother and Granddaughter Exchange Greetings

This grandmother and granddaughter did likewise.

Junior High Girls — Not So Shy

School Girls Saying We Are Happy

Japanese junior high young people sometimes swarm English speakers, especially grandparent looking ones, especially Americans. These young people approached at a castle, asking to speak English. They also showed pleasure in standing for a picture.

Junior High Boy — Just Say "Hi"

School Boys on Castle Wall

These guys just wanted to say “hi” and pose for the picture.

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