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A teacher travels across Japan to encourage adults to cry more.

Ms. Nakai is a filmmaker.

It’s safe to say we all have more to cry about this year. Gone, for the most part, are the days when shedding tears around other people was derided as inappropriate or embarrassing: Even leaders are crying in public. And that’s OK: Crying can be really, really good for you.

And that’s the message that Hidefumi Yoshida, a self-described tears teacher, is out to share. In the short film above, he holds workshops across Japan, where he helps grown-ups learn to cry. Whether it’s breaking the stigma around crying out of grief or simply learning to weep for better mental health, it’s a lesson we all could probably embrace a little more right now.

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Noemie Nakai is a writer and director based in Tokyo.

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