Sometimes I wonder it too, and at the same time I'm sad that also Finnish people are shy quite often..
I have a huge interest in Japanese people and Japan, so every time there are some Japanese guests at my work, or I see some tourists in the city, I'd love to talk with them...but that's it, it always ends up to the level of just thinking..
And then again, I'd feel weird to just go and talk, without anything important to say
What do you think, would it be weird, if someone stranger just comes up and says hi, and possibly just mumbles something about Japan? ...and I'm asking especially from the point of view of our Japanese friends on the forum...thanks
Yes, Japanese people are shy. They talk, but not with all their hearts.
If you really want to communicate with Japanese, think like them, and show it. That way people will understand you and consider you the same as themselves.
Although it does require a lot of "work" to think like a Japanese, after that you'll be a Japanese in no-time and it is well worth the effort.
Japanese people often seem shy when they have to speak English or any other language if they aren't confortable with it. We could say that Japanese are often afraid of being mistaken, especially in front of foreigners.
But between them, I have found Japanese people to be very extrovert and talk about lots of subjects such as sex much more openly than most Westerners would. They like laughing loud and are surely less shy than me when it comes to nudity in onsens. Most of the Japanese I know are very sociable. The way they show their feelings is more similar to Italians than English people. I would never have imagined that before coming to Japan, from the behaviour of the Japanese I had met outside Japan.
I'm Japanese, but I don't think that Japanese people are shy at all~!! If they can talk to you in Japanese, they would tell you so many things very openly. Not everybody, but I think they are quite open-minded. You might think Japanese people are shy when they have to use a different language.. and when you discuss about something with Japanese people, they tend to listen to you first and tell their answer in the end..so , you might feel that they don't want to talk to you or they are being shy.
SInce Japanese are people who love traveling and have a big curiosity about the world, I am very sure that you can make friends there if you want to make ones. Especially young people like you love foreigners, too.