The origin of Free Hug is from the states in 2001. Jason Hunter walked along Miami with the sign after his mother’s dead. In 2004, Juan Mann from Australia started to Free Hug Campaign, and his achievement was recorded, broadcast on You tube, and then Free Hugs became famous.
A photo from Akihabara.
The sign says Free Hugs in Japanese.
The purpose of Free Hugs is to share happiness and sadness with people you don’t know; however, since hug is not common custom, or the word, “Hug” is not well-known in Japan, it seems to be difficult to get a hug from strangers or passengers.
Here is video from You tube. Free Hugs in Japan.
Do you see this campaign in your country? Have you ever given hug? I have never hugged with people who is holding the sign.
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