Grin and bare it: as mask mandates end Japan turns to tutors to relearn how to smile

‘Smile education’ coach Keiko Kawano says more and more people have developed a ‘complex’ about smiling

After three years of concealing their mouths behind masks, some Japanese people are turning to specialist smile tutors to relearn the art of breaking into a beaming grin without looking awkward.

Since lifting the official advice to wear masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, many people have admitted to struggling to adjust to life without face coverings, with some confessing they have forgotten how to smile.

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