Many Japanese have peace (V) sign when we take photos.  Man of us don’t have any intention, and unconsciously have this sign.  For foreigners, it seems to be very strange, and I often see the thread about this.
In this video, Japanese answer to this question.  ”Because we enjoy” “Because we are happy” “Because it looks cute” “Because the sound “PEACE” can make smile” “Because everyone does” “Because it’s interesting”…   

There are many theories about V-sign.  During 100 years war, English archery troop were fighting very well with their archery.  When they captured by French troop, their fingers were cut off, so they showed V-sign as a provocation, “If you can, just do it”.  This theory seems to be stronger. 

USA
Actually, I’ve been wondering why Japanese have V-sign …   +3

USA
I heard Japanese respect harmony.  Peace and harmony are corresponding.  So, it means everything is nice and calm.  I might think too much, though..  +5

USA
I like Peace sign.  I don’t think it has deep meaning, but it’s just cute.  Just showing “I”m happy now!”

China
Including me, Asians are shy to be taken photos different from japanese.  They take photo happily with V-sign.  I like that. 

UK
Does it have some meaning the opposite side of peace sign in Japan?  In UK, it has the same meaning of giving someone the finger…  :D

Italy
In Japan, it means peace, and in Italy, it means victory… 

USA
It’s interesting.  I think it has the bad meaning in Australia.   When President Nixon did that in Australia, and he was blamed.

USA
Japanese like V-sign.  It’s same as we Americans love giving someone the finger…   +11 

USA
When I say that I study Japanese, the first question is this.
“Why Japanese people make v-sign when they take photos?”  Now, I can say, “They seem not to know the reason.”  w 

Canada
Each explanation was interesting and funny.  The common sense in one country is different in the other countries.  I know that, but in come countries, V-sign means bad, right?  Japanese people know the meaning of middle finger?

UK
In England, Peace sign means peace.  But the opposite site becomes very bad meaning.  After winning the WWII, Churchill made peace sign, so for us, it means peace.   +4

USA
Most of people don’t know the origin of our custom.  It’s same when you ask to any people.  Even we don’t think we need to know the origin. 

USA
Helpful information!
Now, I can shut the people who say “Japanese peace sign means victory”!! 

Sweden
I thought it’s the gesture Churchill had when they won the Axis.   I think Japan was in the Axis side, right?  They had the same posing, and  ridicule themselves?

Contributor
It’s more than 60 years ago..  The meaning has changed.

Living in Japan
People who have peace sign are not only Japanese.  I’ve seen East Asians did!  People in Taiwan and Korea had the same sign.

Unknown
I laughed because Japanese cannot answer for a while.

USA
I’ve never had peace sign.  I put this on the head of someone and make them look like a rabbit, though…

Jordan
I hope everyone would be like Japanese.  The first guy, “because it’s cute”…  lol
I think it means peace, because it’s same in Japan.   

Netherlands
It’s same as smiling in front of camera.  They don’t have any intention, it’s automatic!  I think   :)  

USA
Just standing in front of camera is boring. 

Estonia
My friend makes posing, but I just have v sign!  :D 

USA
I thought it’s related to hiphop.  Rappers make that kind of sign, right?  Japanese lke hiphop culture, and it’s 20 years or so since Japanese started making v sign, right?

USA
I heard it means victory, but not…  The answer might be different depending on people. It’s similar to westerns pointing out thumb and pinky for making them look cool.

Norway
It’s one of the most attractive points of Japan.  I love Japanese people.  They are so moderate and great.  This interview was amazing and also interesting!   +39

USA
In USA, it means “I’m hippie!” 

USA
Japanese are always smiling!  Nice people!   +4 

Canada
I asked to my Japanese friend who is visiting Canada.  They said it’s for not showing boring.  We don’t do that here, so my friend doesn’t do that either. 

Unknown
We say “cheese” when we take photos, right?  Japanese does “1 plus 1?” “Ni (2)”.  So, I think these two fingers mean 2!

USA
I need to ask why American girls make duck mouse.  Peace sign is better than duck mouse!   +8 

Unknown
I think it’s typical sign when they take photos.  It’s very penetrated.

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