The former actress says that a smile was an unavoidable technique for Japanese women who had no choice but to say nice things to everyone to overcome the hardship. "I laughed a lot in my girlhood, the laugh became a smile when I reached a certain age, I forgot to laugh when I got married and I began to guffaw when I became a mother-in-law." "The sad cause of the ambiguous smile" is hidden behind those changes in life," she adds. If you win confidence, you don't need to create your expression. From a collection of essays, "I'm Exhausted."
October 19, 2018
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun