Why are some Japanese always dabbing at their faces?

… both with the little (and sometimes not so little) towels they carry round with them, and with the very popular special paper for removing oil from your face.

I don’t think this is the main reason, but many Japanese salarymen wear vests all year, apparently to avoid any hint of a nipple being seen through their white shirts. Some of them also use special pads in their armpits to absorb sweat. Not sure why they think that is a good idea, because it just seems to lead to all the sweat coming out of their foreheads…

3 Comments

  1. Rachel said,

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I thought they wore undershirts to prevent sweat marks on their shirts.

  2. alexcase said,

    July 12, 2011 at 4:22 am

    That is probably a bigger and better known reason, but anyhow the affect on face sweat is still the same…

  3. alexcase said,

    July 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

    It has since occured to me that is quite a few people it is actually a nervous thing, as shown in manga when they hear someone talking about them etc and start streaming from their faces.


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