Stressed at work? You can rent 'handsome weeping boys' in Japan to wipe away tears
An unconventional approach to reducing workplace stress is being implemented in Tokyo offices. People in Japan can hire Ikemeso Danshi, who provides attractive companions known as "Handsome Weeping Boys," for 7,900 yen (approximately $4,400).
Aside from the way they look, these tear-wiping professionals are challenging societal norms by providing comfort through shared tears and establishing emotional connections in the workplace.
Hiroki Terai became interested in the industry after witnessing the profound impact of collective weeping. This unique initiative, founded on the principle of rui-katsu, or "tear-seeking," seeks to create an environment in which emotional expression is not only tolerated but embraced and honoured.
Customers can access a diverse range of "Ikemeso boys," which have been meticulously selected and presented in an online catalogue. From the rugged 'Showa face adult Ikemeso boy' to the refined 'healing Mista-Tokyo Ikemeso boy,' each professional is skilled at wiping away tears, participating in communal sobbing sessions, and even watching heartbreaking videos until emotions are expressed.
Terai, a proponent of the therapeutic benefits of crying, told the BBC, "I want Japanese people to cry not only at home but also at work. When you cry at work, there is a strong negative perception; your coworkers may be hesitant to approach you."
Accepting vulnerability in professional settings, according to the entrepreneur, can promote emotional wellness while addressing the social stigma associated with displaying emotions openly in public settings.
- With inputs from agencies