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Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in other countries?

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Well, with the mask addiction, add a pair of sunglasses and you look like a bank robber.

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Because Japanese eyes are black and stronger than Westerners eyes (so I’m told)

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Wearing sunglasses is associated with the Yakuza. Dark sunglasses wearers are often perceived as threatening or suspicious.

I wear them.

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Yes Wallace....I've always thought there was a question about you on this forum....it''s the sunnies !!!

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as they are in other countries?

Maybe "some" other countries, would be better.

To many Japanese they appear from pretentiously 'cool' to suspicious/dangerous. Somehow Tamori gets away with it.

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GuruMick

Yes Wallace....I've always thought there was a question about you on this forum....it''s the sunnies !!!

It only applies to Japanese people. Foreigners can wear them.

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As I stated before, I have heard that comment dozens and dozens of times and because of that, the majority of people won’t wear sunglasses. This is one reason why people in this country suffer from macular degeneration, glaucoma cornea abrasions. This is also another reason why you see more Japanese people wearing eyewear than in most advanced societies.

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...the majority of people won’t wear sunglasses. This is one reason why people in this country suffer from macular degeneration, glaucoma cornea abrasions.

Yep, habitually wear sunnies when going outside and convinced has a lot to do with my relatively good eye health. Don't care if look like a gangster or not. People need to stop be concerned about what others think of them. Not that that will ever happen here.

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Not sure about other people, but personally I think Japanese look at you with more of a sense of distrust, especially if you wear sunglasses while talking with someone who isn’t.

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Sunglasses are a must in Australia, but not so much in Japan. It's just a difference in environment.

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Yours is just an opinion which The Vision Council is not.

Don't get me started on the medical field and their so-called advice and expertise. If you want to believe them, you just go on right ahead, doesn’t mean I have to.

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In the warm seasons, the sunlight in Japan is diffused through the relatively thick ozone and photochemical smog and thus softened. I rarely need to wear sunglasses while driving in Japan but in Canada, I won't get in the car without them.

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They aren't? How peculiar. Perhaps the sun isn't as strong because they're more up north? I got used to wearing sunnies when I was in Australia because you could practically go blind without them. Take care of your eye health!

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Shades and tattoos are the Yakuza.

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Because you can't be caught looking away after someone catches you staring at them?

Actually, I agree with those that say it's worse in Australia. You need your sunnies there. Here in Japan there are days I need them, but I can go without on most days. Australia and NZ they're a must.

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Okay. Let me try again. When I was there I noticed that there were hardly any sunglasses. I never really thought about it. The yakuza comment is maybe why. Rarely using them myself might be why I never thought much about it.

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" in Australia... you could practically go blind without them..."

Same in Canada. JT seems to think it's about fashion or culture. It's actually mostly to do with the natural environment.

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Do Japanese people not? Is this a thing in Tokyo and other big cities?

In the countryside where I have lived, I see lots of people wearing sunglasses when driving, biking, or walking. Maybe further north in Japan, there is less humidity blocking sunlight, so there is more need? Also, there are not so many tall buildings blocking the light.

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The bridge of their noses are too small, as my Japanese relative once told me.

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The bridge of their noses are too small, as my Japanese relative once told me.

I was also told that, from Japanese friends.

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I never thought about it until now, but it is true. Could it be that during the summer season, when you would need them, it is also so unbearably hot that people rarely are outside long enough to need sunglasses?

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