I take this pose for “Itadaki masu” that means to thank for God to feed us. Or, sometimes you use it for apologizing. Mr.Johnny Depp often uses it to express his gratitude to his fans. From what I gathered, it does means “Thank you” in Thailand. For the Japanese, taking bow deeply expresses your gratitude more clearly. Anyway, if a westerner would take this pose, it looks modest and never be something offends you. However, when I saw that on the TV, the Japanese actor (I forgot exactly who he was. It might be Ken Watanabe or Hiroyuki Sanada?) doing this pose on the Red Carpet, I thought it’s weird. It might be because I know he’s Japanese.
What does this gesture design in your culture?
October 13, 2009 by naoko