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11 Impactful Japanese Life Lessons Worth Teaching to Kids for Better Life Quality!

Towards the end of March 2020, when an alarming lockdown had been implemented all across the world due to COVID 19 virus pandemic, Japan was one country that was controlling the spread without a lockdown. It is one country that got highlighted on the world scene. Businesses, schools and all other verticals of life were going on as usual. Only much later, the lockdown was implemented and that too in the most affected cities. The answers to how the Japanese are able to control COVID 19 unlike other countries lies in their ways of living on a daily basis. It becomes a must to teach kids Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting.

“In fact, the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people…. The Japanese people are … simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art.”

Oscar Wild
 Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting
Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting

Here are 11 Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting:

Wear Mask & Believe in Natural Remedies:

When moving outside most Japanese are habitual of wearing a mask to prevent spreading or collecting germs. They also strongly believe in resorting to natural remedies for ailments. Acupuncture & reflexology are quite popular in the country.

Morning Exercise:

Asa Taisou (朝体操) or the morning exercise is a part of Japanese daily life. An energizing drill as per the teacher’s instructions is carried out in all the schools and offices.

Keep the Shoes Out:

Keep the Shoes Out:  Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting
Keep the Shoes Out: Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting

As a habit, the Japanese remove their shoes before entering the house. It is also a practice that goes without saying when visiting other homes. This prevents the outside germs to enter a home and keep it a safe haven.

Washroom Etiquettes:

The techno-savvy WCs in Japan are a little confusing for users. However, maintaining its cleanliness is worth learning. In public and privates spaces one would find squeaky clean washrooms and especially the WCs.

Bath is an Important Ritual:

Japanese consider bathing as an important activity of their daily lives. They bathe before bedtime for relaxing and for better sleep quality. Onsen, a community hot water bathing is also a popular practice. In many areas across the country, there are public and private Onsen places. It typically is a 40-degree hot water bath that is aimed for relaxation and invigorating positive energy.

Garbage Disposal:

Garbage Disposal:   Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting
Garbage Disposal: Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting

In Japan, for the first time, visitors disposing of garbage correctly is a tricky affair. This is because in this country there are 4 or 5 types of garbage cans. The developed western countries, on the other hand, have only three categories for the waste segregation. In fact, in every prefecture region, there are a different set of rules for garbage disposal. Generally, the waste needs to be classified as combustible, non-combustible, Plastic items & PET. So at the grass-root level, only the garbage is classified and packed accordingly for further process.

Dressing Well at all times: Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting
Dressing Well at all times: Japanese lifestyle habits for better parenting

Dressing Up Well:

No matter what, the locals here like to dress up even while going to a supermarket for buying groceries. It is unlikely to see Japanese in their Pjs or home shorts at the store. Even ladies dress smartly at all times whether in traditional Kimono or skirts. Also, the natives here like to smell good always.

Using Public Transport:

Japan is a country with high population density. As a matter of fact, the main cities are stuffed with people. This is why robust public transport systems are in place. Most people prefer to travel this way rather than driving their own vehicles. Though there are a lot of people every time at the public transport platforms Japanese strictly adhere to the rules of the place. Whether Inside the train or while waiting at the platform, the local people do not take calls on the phone rather they prefer texting.

Instant Reflection:

Personal or professional whenever Japanese take up a task in hand, they pursue it with utter sincerity and dedication. Money does not matter for them. They are brought up with virtues to be artful and best at any given task. Post the work no matter if it was a success or a failure, the Japanese do an instant reflection about how it could have been done in a better way to improve the next time.

Learn Punctuality:

Japanese are extremely punctual people. Normally, as practice, these people arrive 5 minutes before the appointment of any kind. So that the work is started at the scheduled time. Talking about schedules, these people also have a detailed time table set for their daily lives.

Never Litter:

Japanese follow this to the extent that they keep a bag for collecting the rappers etc. In case they don’t find the garbage can after returning home the locals throw it appropriately. It is the most important reason behind highly populated cities also being very clean. In case of buying any eatable from a 7-Eleven store, locals prefer to stand outside the store and finish. They never eat food on the go.

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These points make the Japanese lifestyle disciplined, happy & positive. Happy Sustainable Parenting!

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(18) Comments

  1. […] about the Impactful Japanese life lessons worth teaching to kids for a better life! CLICK […]

  2. I agree with all the points. There is so much we can learn from Japanese. Most of all their discipline, dedication, and hard work. They are also very simple and respect their culture deeply.

  3. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Wow this was an interesting read..though I had seen few videos about japanese culture but didn’t know the actual insight. It seems they had an excellent lifestyle habits..would love to visit this country to get a personal experience.

  4. I was Amazed after knowing the disciplined life of Japanese, where rest of the countries are struggling to practice the hygiene to the finest Japanese and their lifestyle literally helped them to handle the Covid19 so smartly.

  5. The Japanese have indeed become self-sufficient world leaders because of their work ethic and discipline. Each of these 11 lessons should be embodied by everyone.

  6. this is really insightful and i really admire the way Japanese raise their kids. they seem so much more focused on the task ahead of them.

  7. Amazing post. This is exactly what we as parents need to inculcate in our kids. Basic values and etiquette. You explained so well.

  8. I have lived in Japan for some time dear and I can vouch for your recommendations. Given a chance I will like to sepnd my life there.

  9. Why just kids, these life lessons should be learnt by everyone. No wonder they’re famous worldwide for their way of living and dedication.

  10. What a lovely blog. I love Japanese culture. In Love with Kyoto (track by Air) and Love in Translation (movie) are my all time fav! I am so fascinated! Thanks for this blog!

  11. I can’t help but notice some of the similarities between Indian and Japanese culture. But I agree, kids should be taught good manners at a very early age

  12. I must tell you – I am absolutely fascinated with Japan, and your article reiterates how it is indeed a nation to learn from.
    You are right, their habits all have multiple benefits and they are good to follow and include in our routines too.

  13. I’ve often heard about Japanese lifestyle and how we can learn quite a lot from it. I didn’t knew about 4 or 5 cans for garbage segregation, this needs to be implemented in India, I feel!

  14. kavita says:

    I am smitten with their way of embracing life and being mindful about it. I loved reading this, these life lessons should be learnt by everyone irrespective of their age.

  15. You are absolutely right and have mentioned all the pointers that makes Japan a thought leader nation. We need to inculcate these habits in our next generation who are the future of this nation.

  16. I always appreciate the lifestyle and discipline Japanese follows .. we should learn so many things from them to maintain a proper routine life

  17. These life lessons are surely good one to implement. I guess mask and leaving shoes at main gate now will be norm which I follow very well but sometimes it is hard to say it to guests. Now I guess all will follow even after pandemic ends.

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