For all who know anything of Japan, every Japanese wears a mask. The mask presents a face of sameness, where the many emotions and individual traits of self are hidden. Like all people the Japanese experience
the whole spectrum of human emotion, but history taught them that concealment was the much safer option for survival in a highly hierarchical and harsh feudal system. Today in Australian vernacular this can be likened
to the “tall poppy syndrome” where if you raise your head too high it will be chopped off!
Over successive generations the Japanese learnt that concealment of self was not only the safe option but the one that was always necessary to survive within a group – be it clan, business or family.