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Free hugs and kisses outside Harajuku Station in Tokyo.

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maybe she is giving away the fish, "kisu"

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Attractive blonde in Japan offering a kiss ( probably every Japanese guy's fantasy) and the question is how many Japanese men will get up the nerve to do so.

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Is there a time limit? I could go a couple hours with her.

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Good for them. In the middle of this extremely crowded but isolating and lonely city, someone is offering a little human warmth and compassion. We could use a lot more people who take time out to share some humanity.

Well done.

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Darrin,

If she's using romaji for katakana, 'free' is misspelled. If she's using English, like the man is, 'kisu' is misspelled. As she's using Japanese grammar, I suspect it's 'free' that's in error. Well, that's my indepth analysis anyway; more after consulting with a GABA instructor.

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What if one of those satanic death breath salarymen from the morning commute took her up on her offer... Eww! She would be scared for life. If you live in Tokyo you know exactly what I am talking about.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

With all the problems people face these days , a big hug may be just the thing to start the day with

7 ( +7 / -0 )

That is a nice offer.

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Free Hugs .... who is Hugs and why does he (or she) need to be free? Why was hugs locked up??

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What's with the "mom jeans?"

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I hope she isn't an English teacher because she can't spell.

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any background info on why they did that?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

They were there (dressed the same) about a month ago. Same overcast sky. This might be a photo from that day. Lots of people were getting the cheek kiss and/or the bear hug. And then a handful of supporters ran around getting the kissee/huggees to sign a waiver. It was all being filmed. Not sure what for. Some friends of mine signed the waiver, but I didn't think to ask them if it gave any information. Too many other things to do on a Sunday afternoon in Harajuku/Yoyogi Park.

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Kiss please!

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I wonder how long it is before some brave gaijin stands there with a sign that reads 'FREE Sex"...

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I wonder how long it is before some brave gaijin stands there with a sign that reads 'FREE Sex"...

Dont get me started TokyoKawasaki......just dont!

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Kisu Free

And which part of the body is going to receive this free kisu? Lips, cheeks, neck...? :-)

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If you consider the thousands of young women in Harajuku on a Sunday, the reaction to a good looking foreign guy might have been more entertaining.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Jordache Jeans are back in style ??

Sergio Valiente Is coming back

When drunk salary men come she better put the sign down and run.

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These people are so narcisstic.

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Hope she has some disinfectant wipes nearby. Who knows what could be passed on and shared...

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I'll bet that during the daytime no guys would take her up on the offer, but come night time after a few drinks at the izakaya and they'll be lined up for blocks! Probably some with cash in hand too. Great idea for raising donations for Tohoku.

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Kisu means "dent.". If you sign up, they run into your car.

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I'll give the broad both a hug and a kiss.

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Good on them.

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This is completely misunderstood - she's clearly offering Kisu, the fish. I hope it's tempura.

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@Borscht... it's pretty obvious she combined the two as if she doesn't know much Japanese... she put Kisu in Romaji then put free in normal English... nothing is misspelled and it is correct... and since i live in America and English is my language.... no GABA instructor needed

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wanderlust - Sharing the "love", so to speak.

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@grammefriday "who is Hugs"

Ha ha, Hugs is probably Willy the whale's barnacle sidekick. Free Hugs and Willy.

I think they are part of an international raver cult. I saw a similar setup before Christmas in Namba, Osaka a couple of years ago. The girl--Asian--had a santa hat, and the guy (bodyguard/boyfriend/pimp?) just hung around in the background holding his sign. I saw an entire group of junior high school boys on a school excursion get hooked up with free hugs--the best example of Christmas cheer that I've seen in Japan (yes, it beats munching on KFC at home).

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@Yubaru

I'll bet that during the daytime no guys would take her up on the offer, but come night time after a few drinks at the izakaya and they'll be lined up for blocks! Probably some with cash in hand too. Great idea for raising donations for Tohoku.

This post made my morning!! LOL Thank you my friend... I wish I could do the same down here in Tsukuba..Too many stone-faced people walking around. Needing some LOVE desperately!... (-_-)

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It is part of our culture to not show signs of affection in public. We don't need them in order to demonstrate how we feel. A simple glance is enough.

And yet oddly enough everytime I go out I meet Japanese men and women in desperate need of a good hug and even asking me for it! I have lived on 5 continents and I have never encountered a country in more desperate need of a good hug than Japan.

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I'm in

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betcha the bloke got more "hits" than the blonde.

but i just might swing by harajuku next weekend to see if she's there again.

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This is a test of manhood..are you man enough to owe up to your spouse with the scent of another woman on you?

I consider myself strong but..not that strong ;-(

Free man hug it is!

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too bad I was not there, I would that girl a very long kiss. Hahhahaha

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It's a social experiment: would there be more girls taking the Free Hug from a guy, or would there be more guys taking the Free Kisu from a girl?

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Christ. I would love a snog with her. What a nice looking bird.

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Spreading gems....? Probably it just me, I prefer people to stay at least an arm's length from me when we carry a conversation unless that person is a family member.

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She's holding the sign for him; vice versa for her. You could be in for a surprise.

LOL, thanks for my morning chuckle! :-D

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@papasmurfinjapan.. and what is spelled wrong exactly?

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Why?

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Well, if you're offering.

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"Free Hugs Campaign" they have a website or just wiki it. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness, performed just to make others feel better. Not sure on the "Kisu free" thing...... maybe she is just trying to one up everyone.

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Right, on the train there now.

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heh heh oh right! giggitty!

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Hey you two, come in for a cuppa, it's gettin' cold outside!

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ahhhhhhhhhhh hugs! :)

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She's holding the sign for him; vice versa for her. You could be in for a surprise.

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I don't understand - who ever paid for a hug? :-S

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Kaminari,

I see people going into soapies that pay for hugs (so I am told). Perhaps more comes with those?

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I stop stop after just one kiss....

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God forbid someone with natto breath walks up to her.

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As usual, gay men and straight women get a raw deal here.

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There`s called "LOVE HOTEL " in Japan....

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She's attractive and seems to like what she is doing. She probably wouldn't have much of a problem doing other "things" for money, if she'd kiss for free.

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This is a good way to transmit herpes (virus) from person to person.

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wish there were japanese gyarus there, then i'd queue all day long

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Whats the point? Just trying to prove that gaijin are friendly. Or perhaps they are feeling isolated and are trying to break out of their lonely shells.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Let's see: Kiss her cheeks full of blotched makeup/caked make-up. The guy's funky armpit hugs. They both have been out there suffering from bad breath. The best things in life aren't free. What's the catch? 2 seconds later... HONEY, do you know where my keys are? Oh, thank you dahlin. MUAHHHH! I'm happy with the "bird in hand."

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What were they thinking? Don't the know it is cold and flu season? Do they make condoms for lips?

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I don't think this is appropriate in Japan. It is part of our culture to not show signs of affection in public. We don't need them in order to demonstrate how we feel. A simple glance is enough.

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