21524Seeking references on attitudes about touching
- Jul 31, 2006Greetings, all;
Does anyone know of a reliable source regarding the origins of Japanese attitudes towards people touching? I can find plenty of information about appropriate and inappropriate touching between people in various circumstances, but nothing on the cultural reasons behind it. I suspect it may have something to do with ideas of cleanliness, or the provision of personal space in circumstances where real privacy is somewhat rare, but I'd really like a well-documented reference to turn to, rather than my poorly-informed suspicions.
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