Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, Episode 5
This single scene just encapsulates my entire life as an American in Japan. Mikuri, we hug all the people for all the reasons. You have no idea. I didn’t even notice until I was here for a few years and then boom! I want to hug. I WANT TO HUG ALL THE PEOPLE AGAIN. Get with it Japan, come on! Let’s hug it out. Let’s hug goodbye. Let’s hug hello.
Once at a party I hugged another American goodbye and a Japanese acquaintance was all, “I didn’t know you knew each other.” But we had just met a few hours prior. That’s how it works, yo. Come to the darkside. We have hugs!