Cleanliness is ingrained in the Japanese. The action of the Japanese cleaning up to amaze everyone is a normal act for them.
At the 2022 World Cup which took place in Qatar, Japanese fans stole the world’s attention. Their actions were recorded cleaning the stadium after the match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor on Monday (21/11/2022) in the morning WIB.
Yes, the action was carried out when they watched a match that was not played by their national team, the Japanese national team.
It can be said that cleanliness and Japanese people are inseparable. When you travel to Japan, it’s hard to find trash scattered on the streets or anywhere else you know. In fact, their trash can doesn’t even smell and looks clean.
Clean sidewalks in the Shiodome area, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan Photo: Dikhy Sasra
Apparently, the cleanliness that is inherent in the soul of the Japanese grows from the religion they profess, namely Shinto. For Shinto adherents, cleanliness is at the heart of their teachings. You could say cleanliness is a form of their piety in life.
Japanese residents include hygiene practices in school lessons. During 12 years of education, children are given a cleaning schedule every day.
Students cleaning class in Japan Photo: (iStock)
When they arrive at school, students will replace their shoes with special footwear. Shoes are stored in each student’s locker.
As soon as they return home, the children are reminded again by their parents to maintain cleanliness. Living in a dirty place is a bad thing.
Clean behavior is now one of the attractions in Japan, such as the 7-minute ritual of cleaning up trash on the Shinkansen Train. In their action, the cleaners show their shrewdness when cleaning the train with lightning.
“As Japanese citizens, we are very sensitive about protecting our reputation. We don’t want others to see us as uneducated in cleaning or waste management,” said Maiko Awane, assistant director of the Tokyo government office, Hiroshima Prefecture, quoted from BBC.
Kamakura, Japan – April 23, 2017: close-up of Shinto priest who cleans inside Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Photo: (iStock)
The cleanliness of the Japanese is not just about trash. Even in money transactions, the Japanese ‘don’t want to get dirty’.
Take a look traveler, pay attention, Japanese people never give or take money directly from hand. They will prepare special trays of money for hotel, shop or taxi customers.
Public awareness of a healthy environment continues to be manifested in a healthy lifestyle. If someone has the flu, that person will immediately wear a mask so they don’t infect their environment.
This is also supported by the fact that Japan has a hot and humid environment in its seasons. Humid and hot air makes food covered with bacteria quickly. This is why Japan is so crazy about cleanliness.
The Japanese also have a high sense of shyness. If they violate rules such as throwing cigarettes or littering, they will feel very embarrassed.
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