What do you say when you take a photo? Do you say nothing? In Japan, most people say above title, “Hi cheese!” The aim of saying this is to make people look smile with “e” mouth form. I am not sure the exact reason why Japanese people use “cheese”, but several sites say it is because The Day of Photo and The Day of Cheese are the same day, June 1st in Japan. Consequently, people started to say “cheese” when they take a photo.
Moreover, there is also a popular saying. When you release the shutter, you say “Ichi tasu Ichi wa?”, and people who are taken photo answer “Ni”. “Ichi tasu Ichi wa (１+１は？)” means “One plus One is what?”, and “Ni (２)” means “Two”. This one includes the same effect with “Hi Cheese!”
In Canada, people said (or I said) “1, 2, 3” when they take photos. Besides, I remember my Korean friends in Canada used “Kimchi (Korean pickles)” instead of “1, 2, 3”. What do you say when you take a photo in your country?