Some people in Japan ease their pain and troubles in one of the strangest possible ways. They gather together to watch sad videos and cry on each other’s shoulders.
People in Japan watch sad videos and cry together as a way of easing their pain and troubles. Sounds like a cry-fest, doesn’t it? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like!
Yuka Muroi, a Japanese counselor in his early 30s, has recently founded a social phenomenon known as “rui-katsu”. The rui-katsu (literally meaning tear-seeking in English) is a kind of a therapy session for adults, who are suffering under enormous stress. Yuka came up with the extraordinary idea to bring together such adults, play sad videos to them and make them cry out in front of each other in order to help them relieve their stress. Everybody knows some crying every now and then can help with easing one’s pain and apparently, people in Japan are digging it. One of Yuka’s sessions was covered by the Japan Times. The host put together several stressed adults in one room and played some sad videos to them. The participants watched sad video footage of a recent disaster, which occurred in Japan – the Great East Japan Earthquake, which took place back in 2011. The people gathered together to watch some depressing and tearful videos from the documentaries about the disaster in a room with dim lights and got the chance to cry out loud in front of each other.
Yuka, as well as the people, who have visited his tearful “sessions”, have been spreading the word about this practice all across Tokyo. Now more and more people are gathering together to ease their pain and troubles by watching Yuka’s sad videos. Even imagining these depressing sessions is depressing enough, don’t you think?