Japan is going through what many other countries are going through, a lower birth rate and an aging population. Women are less interested in getting married and having children in Japan, and are more focused on their careers or personal lives. But there’s something interesting that I’ve noticed. Japanese women are actually crazy about babies.
I see it all the time. Whenever women in Japan see babies, something comes over them, and they keep saying “kawaii.” While out today with my family, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard women commenting about how my daughter is cute. One older woman came up to us and our friend, who also has a baby, and touched their feet. That was a bit of a surprise.
But it happens a lot at work, too. Some students want to see pictures of my daughter, and even the high school students get excited and exclaim “kawaii!”
Does this happen this much elsewhere? I find that a lot of Japanese people tend to verbalize their feelings, especially about it being hot, cold or feeling tired. It’s summer now, and all I hear people saying is that it’s hot, stating the obvious. But you’ll hear women talking about babies that they see within earshot of the parents. I don’t recall that happening in Canada so much.