The first rui-katsu events cropped up in 2013, and they've since been scheduled in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka at least. Participants meet to watch sad movies and moving video clips, the end goal being a cathartic, shared cry. The practice seems to be a response to the emotional repression that is promoted in Japanese culture, and which may not give people an outlet to openly cry when they feel like it. The International Study on Adult Crying appears to confirm this claim: after polling subjects from 37 nationalities, it found that Japanese people were some of the least likely to cry in a sad situation.

Written by Curiosity Staff March 9, 2016