Love is really in the air. Thursday, when dozens of Japanese shout out their love to spouse, themselves or simply put themselves in the marriage market. This event take place every year at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo to yell "love messages" for their wives out into the sky - in an attempt to show their appreciation for loved ones in an indirect but bold way.
Here are some messages, such as "I love you" or "Let me be with you," which are seldom whispered by bashful Japanese, were yelled aloud by some 25 men and women on the event stage televised across the country.
The Love Message-Yelling Event, co-hosted by a citizen group "Japan Aisaika (pronounce ah-ee-sa-ee-ka, meaning "devoted husbands") Organization" to mark the "Love Your Wife Day" on January 31.
Japanese have traditionally valued modesty and reticence over outspokenness, but Kiyotaka Yamana, a Tokyo resident who started the “Love Message Yelling Event” after his marriage failed, said that didn’t mean they were unromantic. “The dominant image of Japanese men is of overworked businessmen, but I wanted to tell people around world that Japanese men are actually very romantic,” Yamana said.
Among participants were a Kimono-clad woman who said she was unmarried and loved herself the most.
A single man who said he wished to have someone to live with amused the audience by crying out "Anybody. Please... right now."
"Love Your Wife Day"