On a trip back to The States, my dad pointed it.
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I just wish most Japanese men would do so, every time they open their mouths. Many of them have absolutely rotten breath.
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I was born and raised in America and have spent my life dating American women.
They are not very feminine as a group and seem proud of it. I admire the Japanese way in many of these cultural norms.
From childhood, we are taught to be emotionally strong, bold, Swingers in Hat creek weak… So if you hear American women curse, see them in non-traditional occupations, participating in sports, those things are encouraged. We are also encouraged to look good doing those things, like a female super hero.
A random American male or female who was un-informed about mouth-covering traditions, might interpret the act as shy, not confident, unsure, socially awkward. The reverse, of course, is that Americans think they are being fun and bubbly when they are loud and annoying and laugh out loud showing as Lonely housewives in Long beach teeth as possible…even indirectly complimenting the person that said the funny thing.
A closed mouth smile is a seen as an uptight conservative shy person who cannot enjoy social situation.