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10 Amazing Facets from Japanese Culture that World Should Learn!

World War II left Japan shattered. The Hiroshima & Nagasaki atomic bombings shook the country on the humanity ground. A nasty socio-economic impact scarred the history of Japan like never before or later. All that was left was its people’s determination to get back to their normal lives. The Japanese culture of leading a life is quite a benchmark. People who have been to this country or lived here can easily relate to this.

Here are 10 key Japanese sustainable lifestyle tips that we all need to add in our daily lives:

Japan Temperate Rain forest: Japanese sustainable lifestyle tips
Japan Temperate Rain forest: Japanese sustainable lifestyle tips

Japanese Sustainable Lifestyle Tips:

Love Nature:

Japan has a beautiful temperate rainforests. So the Japanese are very fond of nature. A national holiday, ‘Mountain Day’, gives a chance to people for visiting green spaces, climb hilltops and more. Similarly, during ‘cherry blossom’ time most families like to picnic under it and appreciate nature’s gift this is called Hanami (花見).

Bow to Show Respect:

Bowing down is a sign to show respect and gratitude towards, fellow human beings, objects they use, deities and animals in Japanese culture. Bows are of three kinds. A 15-degree (Eshaku) bow is for informal settings or greetings. While a 30-degree (Keirei) is for a showing higher level of respect. The critical 45-degree bow called (Saikeirei) is for showing reverence to deities, or for deep apologies.

Japanese Bow:  Japanese sustainable lifestyle tips
Japanese Bow in respect: Japanese sustainable lifestyle tips Source

Politeness in words:

Japanese are very polite inherently. However, sometimes this quality is misconstrued by others as fake. But the fact remains that there is politeness in Japanese culture more than the developed western world.

Cleaning is taught:

Right from the very beginning, parents teach their children to keep the surroundings clean. Most schools give the school/class cleaning task to kids only. No doubt despite the huge population, Japanese cities are so clean.

Thought Process:

People in Japan believe in finding their ‘Ikigai’. It is the purpose that gets them going. Also, they consider worrying about those things that are not in their hands, as a waste of time.

Sincere People:

They go the extra mile in whatever they endeavour. It may be guiding someone to reach a place or execute their own work. No matter what they do they finish the job with full dedication and to the best of their capabilities.

 Japanese sustainable food practices
Japanese sustainable food practices

Sustainable Food Practices:

Reverence to food:

As a part of their culture, Japanese after having food at home or outside say ‘Gochiso Sama Deshita’.  It is a polite way to say thanks for the meal. In a similar way, before having a meal, it is customary for them to say ‘Itadakimasu’. It is a way to say a prayer and to express gratitude to people who prepared the food and to the plant and animal that gave life for the meal. Also Japanese do not like to waste food.

Love Thy Seafood & Sea Weeds:

Japan has the world’s one of the highest life expectancy rate. The prime reason for this is this country’s love for seafood and weeds. Consuming seafood regularly lowers down the risk of heart diseases & certain varieties of cancer. Also, the seafood is rich in Omega 3 fatty acid which again supports anti-ageing like the seaweeds which are powerhouses of nutrients.

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Fermented Food is Integral:

Many dishes like Miso, Shoyu, Tsukemono involve fermentation process. Further, this process helps in digestion and also helps to fortify Immunity.

Tea Drinking:

Tea drinking is a tradition for Japanese. This cultural habit is very seriously followed in Japan. The tea ceremony is in fact, an acknowledgement of passage of time. As a matter of fact, in Japan, the word ‘tea’ means green. Green tea is extremely good for lowering heart disease risk, cancer risk and boosts intellectual capabilities.

Have you been to Japan and encountered these practices?

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(20) Comments

  1. Good to know these facts.

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  4. alpanadeo says:

    This post reminds me of the TV show Osheen. Japanese lifestyle is very basic and simple. Eating meals seating down and with family has always attracted me. I feel such lifestyle teaches us that we have handful of needs and we can easily live a happy life woven with limited things.

  5. I agree that we should adapt and learn excellent things from other cultures and Japanese cultures teach us a lot!! Thanks for sharing these some of their lifestyle tips

  6. Japan is setting example to the world. Inspite of COVID-19 they are still sp positive and going about doing things in an disciplined manner. Hats of to this humble COUNTRY.

  7. The Japanese are truly fascinating people and there is so much to learn from them. You have listed all their plusses and we could really better our lives by taking a leaf out of their book.

  8. This is an insightful post about Japanese culture and their way of life. I found a lot of similarities in indian and Japanese culture like saying a prayer before and after the meal.

  9. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    My girls usually watch different countries culture videos on YouTube and I had learnt some of these amazing facts about Japanese culture from them. After reading your post, learnt more and it seems they had some amazing habits in their day to day life and we can learn a lot from them.

  10. Good to know about these facts about Japan. The close relationship with nature ought to be adopted by all countries globally.

  11. Indeed Japanese culture is so rich that we may inculcate a lot of things from them as you rightly listed- tea drinking ,respect and sincerity and simpleness of life among so many others.

  12. Japanese are known to be very efficient and hard-working people. Following these tips will surely make a world of difference to our lives too.

  13. True buddy. Green tea came in taps in our Honda Plant as it used to be freezing cold. Refilling our mugs with it was what kept us sane

  14. This is one country that is long there in my travel bucket list for the principles that it follows. I also love the concept of Kintsugi that Japan has introduced to the world. An art that joins a broken piece of pottery with gold to create into a masterpiece or make it more valuable than it was.

  15. I totally agree on you on this as I really admire han Japanese culture have so much to learn. The way they teach the work for kids about cleanliness.

  16. I must say the Lifestyle habits of Japanese not only healthy for an individual also good for environment by following sustainable living

  17. It is true that Japanese lifestyle is so systematic and organised. Their culture is also great. Thanks for the helpful tips .

  18. Japanese has a rich culture just like India and that is what I like about them the most. I will surely try and implement some of these in my personal life as well.

  19. These are the good practices we all can follow. Being polite and carrying the nature and surroundings is what we as nation need to follow by heart.

  20. I have been following their culture now and I admire how they grow well with being polite and having grounded nature. You shared good pointers.

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