Japan loses its traditional culture

National traditions of Japan. Habits, mentality and lifestyle

The isolated position of the Japanese nation is reflected in its national character and traditional way of life. The longevity of the Japanese, the low level of violence in the country, the homogeneity of the ethnic composition of the population - this is what immediately attracts your attention and creates a very special impression. At present, Japan is the only empire in the world that to this day piously honors its traditions while achieving tremendous success in the development of technologies and its overall economic position. The reasons for such an amazing combination of the legacy of the past and the achievements of the future become clearer when one learns more about the uniqueness of the Japanese national character.
The Japanese are distinguished by their conservative nature. That is, they are not trying to borrow the customs and traditions of other nations. Rather, they remain true to their historical customs and behavioral norms. National identity occupies a special place in their lives and deserves a corresponding attitude, namely respectful deference, exchange of courtesies when meeting and saying goodbye. With regard to a foreigner, it is enough to nod, greet or not notice anything from him. In this land of generational succession, elders are revered and the legacy of the past is viewed with great respect. However, the Japanese are ready to explore new ideas and then incorporate them into their way of life if it is good. Despite useful innovations from other cultures, Japan never loses its national identity.
Japanese culture focuses on collectivism. The Japanese feel very attached to family members, co-workers, and other social groups to which they belong. Hierarchy dominates in groups. Everyone keeps his place and observes submission to the higher ones. The Japanese have a submissive and humble attitude towards the elders and more authoritarian individuals. Collectivism and the desire to maximally improve the conditions for the existence of the team led to strict etiquette and a code of courtesy. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Three types of communication are observed in Japanese culture; one for younger people, another for equals or strangers, and the third for elders. Therefore, the Japanese do not allow informal communication with bosses, even outside of business hours. They never face each other in public and show a storm of emotion. Requests are denied without allegorically saying the word 'no'. Direct refusal is considered a violation of the rules of etiquette. The Japanese are a very polite people. Each of them is taught respect for others from birth. They respect personal boundaries and therefore are not inclined to care about someone else's private life. They do not discuss their personal affairs with others, nor do they offer advice if not asked.
The Japanese have a love and diligence for their work, a sense of duty, responsibility and willingness to make sacrifices. This nation is like no other; inherent in their ability to behave with dignity and to have great self-respect and discipline in all aspects of their life. Delays or disregard for punctuality will not be tolerated. In this regard, the Japanese are considered workaholics. In order to carry out their official duties, the Japanese are relentless with themselves. Working late into the night is considered normal for them. The country's lack of mineral resources has also influenced the mentality of its people, resulting in the frugality and diligent management of their economy. The Japanese have absolutely no desire for a luxurious life that they consider wasteful. Natural observation and attention to detail enables them to easily find ways of saving their hard-earned resources. This helps them find simple but ingenious solutions to optimize life.
An integral part of the Japanese mentality is the desire to see the beauty. Admiration for the beauty of nature and the benefits of human creativity are the foundation of the mentality and culture of the Japanese. The Japanese are always in euphoria as they protract the blooming sakura trees, the sunset over Fujiyama, and the infallibility of calligraphy drawings. It is her love of aesthetics that has spawned such trends in art as ikebana, bonsai, and the tea ceremony. The latter is particularly valued by the Japanese. Tea ceremony is divided into stages. The main thing in the ritual is a master of tea, pouring tea over the cups. The foundations of this tradition are laid down by the laws of Zen Buddhism. Residents of the land of the rising sun fondly love tea ceremonies and get real pleasure from watching all their cannons.
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