Monday, December 8, 2008
National Chauvinistic Husbands Association
This is the name of an actual group in Japan! But, before there are any negative comments, let me assure you that they are not using the word chauvinist in a negative way. (That is the word they used to translate the Japanese on the English version of the news and then they explained what I just said.)
Every year this group has a shouting meeting at a busy train station in Tokyo. Each man who shows up shouts out his love for his wife. Now, this is a pretty incredible thing in a country where most couples don't even say "I love you" to each other.
In the news report they interviewed one 63 year old man who is part of the group. He said that when he and his wife had been married about 20 years they began quarreling a lot because they didn't understand each other. They decided that they would share their feelings with each other about everything, no matter how small the matter.
The man showed his membership card that contains the three rules of the group:
1) Don't hesitate to say "Thank you."
2) Don't hesitate to say "I'm sorry."
3) Don't be shy about saying "I love you."
...to your wife.
A pretty amazing group for Japan!