Why do the Japanese sometimes make noises of major physical exertion when they do something as small as stand up?

or If working hard is such a big part of Japanese culture, why do they make sure every knows how much effort they are making?

“Hard work is its own reward” only makes sense in an individualistic Northern European or American setting. Partly for the same reason, “Don’t worry, I enjoyed it” is not a standard response to “You must be tired after that hard work”


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