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:
Japanese Sustainable Lifestyle Tips:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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