Obsession with cleanliness of Japanese

Japanese people always keep the image clean and tidy. They are educated at an early age about cleaning the place where they live and work, and are afraid of being judged badly.

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Cleanliness can be seen as a sign of the Japanese. They repeatedly expressed the spirit of "life and death must also be clean" and was widely spread in the media. It is not uncommon for Japanese soccer fans or players to clean trash and changing rooms after the game. This makes many people ask the question: Why is Japan so obsessed with cleanliness? Photo: Context Travel.
The Japanese form a clean sense since they are in school. Children must be directly involved in keeping their school clean and sanitary. In Western society, this can be considered as a form of child abuse. In fact, some suggest that this is a way to save the cost of hiring sanitation staff of schools. However, in the eyes of Japanese people, it is a simple activity to raise the awareness of children when they are still in school. Photo: Getty.
"Sometimes I don't want to clean the school," Chika Hayashi told the BBC. "Even so, I still do it because it's a good habit. We should be responsible for cleaning the things we use." Students go to school to put their shoes in the locker and change to another pair to avoid bringing dirt from outside. This also applies when you go to someone else's house. Self-awareness, a sense of hygiene since childhood, is an important part of Japanese culture. Photo: BBC.
Another factor that makes Japanese people overly clean is that they are very sensitive about their image in the eyes of the other person. They are afraid of being judged with low awareness, lack of education or unkind parenting. Photo: Getty.
Beautiful images of Japanese cleanliness are shown on TV many times, especially in big events like the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. In everyday life, the Japanese still maintain this lifestyle. Office workers sweep the roads around the workplace. Children scavenging at school. However, they do not waste much effort because most do not have garbage to clean up. At outdoor events, Japanese people also carry portable ashtrays and garbage bags. Photo: USA Today.
The cleanliness of the Japanese makes many visitors feel "stunned". If you withdraw money at an ATM, you will almost always receive new, hard, clean sheets. However, money through many hands should definitely be contaminated. Therefore, in many hotels, they do not give money directly to each other. Instead, Japanese people put money into small trays, which is often seen when taking a taxi. Photo: Getty.
Dirt, bacteria are also in the list of top concerns of the people of Fustang. If they get the flu, they will use a surgical mask completely to prevent spreading it to others. This saves a great cost of treatment for the surrounding people, and also shows the self-awareness of the patient. Photo: TST.
The Japanese clean obsession is also associated with Shintoism, one of the major religions in the country of Fustang. Cleanliness is at the heart of Shintoism, understood as reverence and devotion. Kegare (dirt) is also an important concept in Shinto, as opposed to cleanliness, purity. People infected with kegare will have a negative impact on the whole society. That is one of the main reasons why Japanese people always promote cleanliness. Photo: CDN.
However, a small controversy still occurs around the clean topic of Japanese people. The Japan Times once wrote an article explaining the Japanese model that we often confuse. According to writer Amy Chavez, Japanese are neat but not really clean. Photo: Quora.
They have a clear distinction between public and private areas. Activities that show cleanliness are the same as what you usually see on TV. However, in a highly private place like a rental house in the countryside, cleanliness is sometimes a luxury. "You don't want to look at their kitchen," the writer shared. Amy Chavez also added that in many rural areas, people still keep the habit of dumping garbage into the river. Photo: Alamy.

Obsession with cleanliness of Japanese Obsession with cleanliness of Japanese Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on October 27, 2019 Rating: 5

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