Learn to Be a Human Who Likes Clean Living from Japan


Japanese fans are still the talk of the world for cleaning Qatar stadiums. So a clean human being is Japanese identity.

The international media is busy discussing Japan’s cleaning habits. The nicknames “the most perfect guest” and “winner of hearts at the 2022 Qatar World Cup” were pinned on for Japanese fans.

Japan’s cleaning habits at the 2014 Brazil World Cup and the 2018 Russia World Cup have also been in the spotlight. Japanese fans so coveted.

“Cleaning up after a soccer game is an extension of the basic behavior taught in schools, where kids clean the classrooms and school hallways,” said Scott North, a sociology professor at Osaka University.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 23: Japanese fans clear rubbish from the stands during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan at Khalifa International Stadium on November 23, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)Japanese fans clean Khalifa Stadium Photo: Getty Images/Alex Grimm

Any foreign tourist who is coming to Japan for the first time, is sure to be amazed by their cleanliness. There wasn’t a single piece of trash on the street, even a trash can was very hard to find.

All those habits don’t just grow. There is effort and hard work from the education and lifestyle system that has been passed on since long ago.

According to reports BBC In 2019, for 12 years of schooling, children in Japan are accustomed to pickets for cleanliness. Every day, they made several groups to clean up the whole school.

“In school and home life, our parents taught us that it’s not for us not to keep our things and living areas clean,” explained Maiko Awane, assistant director of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government office in Tokyo.

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If you want to imagine what it’s like to be Japanese, let’s start with the habit of changing shoes first. After students arrive at school, they leave their shoes in the lockers and change into sneakers.

After school, the cleaning picket not only cleans the classrooms, but also the bathrooms, school hallways and school grounds. Once home, you return to replace your shoes with the ones in the locker.

When you get home, you have to take off your shoes and socks. The house must be absolutely clean.

“We Japanese are very sensitive about our reputation in the eyes of others. We don’t want others to think we are bad people who have no education when it comes to cleaning things,” Awane added.

Illustration of a house in JapanIllustration of a house in Japan Photo: (iStock)

Long before modern education, there was a native Japanese religion that taught to live clean, Shinto. Cleanliness is at the heart of the Shinto religion.

In many cultures, cleanliness goes hand in hand with godliness. But in Shinto, being clean is godliness. No haggling there.

“Cleanliness is purity and helps avoid harm to society. That’s why Japan is a very clean country,” said Noriaki Ikeda, assistant Shinto priest at Hiroshima’s Kanda Shrine.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, Buddhism entered Japan. The Buddhist teachings that instill cleanliness have made Japan even more infatuated with cleanliness.

One example is the Tea Ceremony. To become a Tea Master, there is one condition that must be met, namely a very clean place. Not even a speck of dust.

“Everything must be absolutely clean. There shouldn’t be any dust in even the darkest corner, otherwise the organizers don’t deserve the title of Tea Master,” wrote Okakura Kakuro in The Book of Tea.

Even before the pandemic, Japanese people liked to wear masks in public places. Those who use it are generally sick, so they don’t want to infect other people.

Wow, Japan really doesn’t take cleanliness lightly, huh! If possible, start imitated traveler!

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