All these pseudo-medical theories in the comments are kinda funny. Many Chinese have a different way of walking too (feet splayed out, hands swinging loosely by the hips) just as many Americans (stiff, aggressive gait) or east Africans (long loping strides) and other countries and cultures do. Of course there are exceptions and no one country has a single type of stride, but the idea that it is caused by seiza, or due to "weak hip muscles" or "w sitting" or "slipper wearing" or "short skirts" is all silly speculation that misses the more obvious but also more complex roots of cultural norms. Yes, the walk does work with tight-fitting kimono, or with short skirts, but it's likely wrong to think one caused the other. These things don't have a clear cause-effect structure, because culture is evolving simultaneously in various ways: clothing, language, style and even walking styles. They all impact one another in various feedback loops.
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In a country where only two out of six national museum directors are women, this is a rarity for an art festival in Japan.
Yeah... One museum director short of parity. What a debacle!
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World's biggest polluters are China and India.
Tell it to them.
Actually, the U.S. is a much bigger polluter than India in total CO2 emissions, and a hugely bigger polluter on a per capita basis. Do yer research.
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Do the author here, or the many commenters not realize that the ad was not mainly about being asked to speak Japanese? It was one example of the many silly, or irrelevant questions she is asked by the western and Japanese press. Her "shh" at the end was not directly at one questioner or another, but just a metaphorical "shh" to let her play do the talking. Of course they included that question for a reason, but it's not the sole or main focus of the ad.
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