Monday, April 30, 2007

free hugs in Tokyo

Les «calins gratuits» s'exportent au Japon
Par Liberation.fr avec AFP
LIBERATION.FR : lundi 30 avril 2007
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Un groupe d’étudiants japonais s’est donné pour mission de sortir leurs compatriotes de leur légendaire réserve en leur offrant des «câlins gratuits» dans la rue.

Leur campagne s’inspire d’un mouvement lancé à Sydney par un Australien, Juan Mann, à partir d’une idée simple: se planter debout en pleine rue avec une pancarte, où est écrit en anglais «free hugs» («câlins gratuits»), et enlacer ceux qui sont tentés.

Chaque week-end, les étudiants investissent Harajuku, un quartier branché fréquenté par les jeunes Japonais et de nombreux touristes.

Dans un pays où le contact physique est rare tant les Japonais sont réputés timides, l’opération «câline» surprend, voire embarrasse, les Tokyoïtes, mais amuse en revanche les étrangers, bien plus nombreux à se prendre au jeu.

Ce genre d’embrassades ne fait pas, il est vrai, partie des moeurs nippones. Si la poignée de main est répandue, elle y est encore considérée comme une habitude occidentale adoptée surtout par les milieux d’affaires.

Psychologue à Tokyo, Orie Shimizu considère toutefois les marques de tendresse publiques comme un désir naturel et sain, qui ferait du bien aux Japonais, «Les câlins donnent miraculeusement l’impression que la vie est belle», selon elle.

Si Mme Shimizu doute que le mouvement «free hugs» soit la solution à long terme, elle juge que ces contacts physiques pourraient avoir une influence positive sur les phénomènes de violence et le taux de suicide (un des plus élevés au monde) au Japon.

Commentaire de la souris: Seoul fut plus rapide... j'en ai vu dès janvier dans les rues séoulites, nananananère. Voir archives dans le présent blog!

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interesting post! i never knew the free hugs campaign was begun by an austrailian, or indeed, that it was even a campaign and in japan as well as korea. it's true, it is very ironic that it can succeed in a country where public touching is so frowned upon.....

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