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Catching a cold in anime/manga.
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Anime is only exaggerating.

I'd routinely walk in the rain when I was a teen. I'd be completely drenched. It was a tropical country so I loved it. Adults would tut that I'm sure to catch something. It never happened. I reasoned that I could always dry up when I got home. Oh and I'm asthmatic.

Before I had rain walks I did get sick. Docs argued whether it was asthma or pneumonia , I had to get an x-ray to check. I had a few days off from school and had a stroll around my grandparents' garden bare footed as usual. Grandmother shouted at me for that. Apparently sick people were not supposed to go outside bare footed. Mother preferred that I always wear shoes outdoors. When mother wasn't looking or around I'd walk in the neighbourhood bare footed. That never made me ill. I did bust a toe cycling bare footed though because feet would slip off the pedals . Since I was supposed to be a girl and feminine trousers and shorts were discouraged. I rode in skirts or dresses most likely flashing the entire neighbourhood
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Hello! Currently living in Japan here! Like in America, Japanese people share the same old wives tale about getting cold and catching a cold. I'm not sure if you've heard any of the Western wives tales about it -- but my grandmother always used to tell me that if I went outside in the winter with a wet head that I'd catch a cold.

Now, anime already takes place in a fictional world so you can't really hold it against the creators to use it as a ploy to get characters closer... or something else.

As for Japan, I've left work without an umbrella when it's raining and my coworkers panic about me catching a cold. To which I've told them that it doesn't make me more susceptible to catch a cold. If I happen to have symptoms tomorrow it's from something I probably contracted from a student of mine days before.

In Japan, during the winter, you can buy stomach warmer wraps. Basically they look like a circle scarf that you wear around your stomach to help keep you warm. I've never felt the need to keep my stomach warm, but the people here swear by them being awfully cozy. To me it's still silly so... I haven't tried one.
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They use facial mask to diminish the risk of spreading germs to others.

I like it when they become creative with their facial masks though. It's badass and stuff.

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Posted 10/24/14

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I have heard the Western wives tale, my friends mom used to not let him go outside during winter cause he would catch a cold, which baffled me. I understand this doesn't just happen in Japan but other countries as well, I was just curious if it frequented Japan more as I've seen it so much in anime. I guess it's just used a plot device mostly. About the stomach warmer, that is pretty silly haha, but it's interesting to hear a perspective from someone actually living in Japan. Thanks.
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In some anime I've seen characters actually collapse from their "colds" and I start to wonder if they just have a cold or are they actually really sick? Nope, they are better two days later.
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Hey Dolly, fancy seeing you here :3 . I agree that it has gotten old and I just get aggravated when I see it now.

I do think that the myth about Japanese people having a weaker immune system is false, because a few tests would be able to prove it if it were true. I think the myth started because Japanese people seem to be more cautious about getting sick. A lot of people in Japan wear masks if they are sick, or some just wear it all the time.
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I had a cold once... and died.


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It could just be like a placebo effect. ex.) character getting wet, everyone freaks out, and then they are sick.
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Lala always catches a cold when it rains.
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Yeah this has always been a bit of a head scratcher for me as well. You're basically risking your life every time you step outside your house without an umbrella in a lot of anime. I live in an extremely wet area, and I'm pretty sure that if my life were an anime I would have straight up died about 500 times already.

Japan is an island that's almost 100% filled with Japanese people. I don't think it's a stretch to say that culturally speaking they can be more susceptible to "old wives tales" type of things than other areas in the world. Not to say that they're an irrational society, but they're definitely insulated and have their own ideas about certain things. That being said, I'm sure that if they took a rational look at this phenonena they'd be quick to agree that it's a bit silly.

Basically I just think that as a literary device it probably just makes more sense to them than to non-Japanese people. And I'm ok with that. There's a ton of stuff like that in anime.
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In some anime I've seen characters actually collapse from their "colds" and I start to wonder if they just have a cold or are they actually really sick? Nope, they are better two days later.


Hahaha.. Yep
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Well, usually when you are soaked and cold for long periods of time weakens your immune system. And I imagine living in such close proximity to each other because of the over-populated country, viruses are very common. Hence the face masks.

But I did hear from one of my mom's friends from Japan that it's just a common trendy myth often used in anime.
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Have you noticed in Yona of the Dawn/ Akatsuki no Yona, episode 3, they catch a cold just from playing in snow

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I always thought the relationship between being cold and the cold virus exists in name only. Idk about overseas' take on this though.
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So, does this in any way relate to the fact that these same series usually manage to sneak in hot springs and swimsuit episodes? Might these escapades also contribute to the likelihood of catching cold?
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