“Not J-A-P-A-N (Just A Pensive but Amazing Nation)”
Many beg the questions relating to the economically and culturally prosperous country JAPAN. Given the fact that it is one of the world’s biggest economies, it is inevitable for us to be astonished and consider this country to be a bucket list to travel to. If you are a traveler, definitely you do not only take into your account the destinations and sumptuous food as factors to visit a place, moreover it is the PEOPLE.
Are you really that inquisitive? Then perhaps you need to spare your time reading this.
What are Japanese like?
Anime, Robots, Bullet trains.
These words probably pop on your minds. People behind these incredible stuff! This was my prejudice when I did not have the opportunity to be immersed with their culture. As I began my life voyage in Japan, I was quite skeptical on how to deal with these people. They possess such brilliant minds and they all look like there’s no room for errors in terms of working culture. That then I started showing off the best skills I have that are required in my job, notwithstanding along the days being surrounded by diverse Japanese and talking to approximately six-ten people a day, I unfolded a realization that blinded me, I was too wrong to be pretty much judgemental. I felt imbecile in thinking way shallow and not knowing what they could offer to the world.
Respect, Avidity, Self-value- These words replaced my preconceptions. Japanese people regard consideration, motivation and self-importance highly. This convinced me to deepen my thinking rather than basing things on what I see.
What’s interesting with them?
It is widely known globally that Japanese people pay extreme respect not only towards mankind but to every thing they do. They think strongly about reciprocation. They are one of the most considerate people I have known. Just by simply vacating train seats for those who are truly in need of it (expecting mothers, elderlies, differently abled, etc.), diverging escalators for individuals in a rush or those who just want to keep their calm in a bustling situation and maintaining an incredibly tidy environment by segregating wastes properly are truly mesmerizing.
Japanese folks have an impeccable passion in their crafts. They treasure what they have. Creating their own products and services moreover idolizing them indeed help their trademark or identity well established. We cannot deny the fact that Japan recently is facing multiple crises involving economic issues, surging suicide rate and the overwhelming catastrophes just few years ago .
Let me take the declining population as an example, such problem is beyond critical to be solved. We’ve been hearing news concerning threats of Japan to be dethrone in the list of biggest economies, but still the land of the rising sun manage to hold the third spot for the recent years. Impressive! Isn’t it?
As you can refer to the table among the world’s largest economies, Japan doesn’t have the fair share in population. Despite this factor, they did not loose the knack in surprising the world on how to rise up amidst the nation’s hurdles. Their avidity is incomparable. Upon my experience working with Japanese folks, I learned how they address problems and difficulties in unique schemes. Their skills and talent probably be innate but the consistency in instilling the determination not to give up rather to rise up after being knocked down is truly to be adored.
Self-value. Nihon jins put high value on their self. If you aim to have a promising future, where you came from doesn’t matter at all. You just need to work your tail off and you will get through with life. They do not take chances alone, but real hard work. Further, taking pride on their craft is essential. As long as you strive hard, success is no way far.
We people are naturally diverse. We come from different walks of life, we do have varied culture and preferences or even points of view. I myself came from a unique country and I am more than proud to be a Filipino but I am way much grateful to have experience Japan living. There is certainly no perfect country (it would be boring if there is) but for sure every culture is idiosyncratic. So is Japan! It is not the best country but it needs to be appreciated more than it is applauded by its picturesque places.
Try to look further, understand deeper and you will see for your self that it’s Not Just A Pensive, but Amazing Nation!