In Japan, the widespread adoption of face masks during the pandemic became a norm, following the government’s recommendation for their usage during the peak of the crisis. However, as the mask mandates are gradually being lifted, individuals like Himawari Yoshida have come to the realization that they need to relearn the art of smiling. Seeking assistance from a “smile instructor” named Keiko Kawano, Yoshida and other young people have engaged in exercises aimed at rejuvenating their facial expressions. These exercises involve lip stretching and utilizing mirrors to practice their smiles. These sessions are deemed beneficial for enhancing their facial expressions and preparing them for career opportunities in Japan.