From 3 years, children in Japan go unaccompanied to kindergarten. And from 4 years they are traveling by subway. In the Sunrise Land, the little ones are being taught to be fashionable and polite, so you will never see a kid that makes you laugh.
Although they live in one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, the Japanese raise their children by hundreds of principles and values. They are educated to be quiet, modest and polite, so that they never disturb others. Another value that is inflated to young children is respect: respect for the one next to you, respect for the place where they live and respect for society. Where did everything start?
“The Japanese always believed they were living in a village. Being an island and having no place to go, that was their principle, that they had no place to go further from this island, and that they must live with each other. And then it is very important not to bother each other. And when you throw something down or talk a little bit harder or offend someone, at the time you upset the other, the whole community will know and he will not feel well in this community, “explains Alexandra Jidiuc, a Japanese culture specialist.
Although they are known for the gentleness and harmony with which their children grow, Japanese mothers try to make them responsible from the youngest ages. For example, they wear their babies in sling everywhere, just to get used to their little ones with all their activities.
Children are raised to become model citizens. Ever since school and until high school, students have been dealing exclusively with cleanliness.
In Japan, there are special staff to handle cleanliness ONLY at airports, where there is a large flow of foreign tourists, and in large corporations. Otherwise, in all public institutions, officials are in charge of this activity.
“We do cleaning at school! After lunch, with the cloth we wipe off the floor and clean the toilet, “says Chinatshu Kawamoto, a Japanese language teacher in Romania.
“There is no service woman in Japanese schools. It is again an element that surprised me when the child does not even delete the board on the principle that she should be deleted by the teacher, “says Alexandra Jidiuc.
“Japanese mothers help children, but they encourage them:” Come on! You can do it yourself! But the Romanian parents help the baby immediately, dress them up, “Chinatshu Kawamoto found.
Even if Europeans may seem exaggerated, mothers let their children go to kindergarten themselves from the age of three. On the first day I lead them to show them the way, the next day I just follow him and from the third day the little ones are on their own account.
Instead, “the Romanian parents take the baby’s backpack and carry it, children have the responsibility of their school bag,” says Chinatshu Kawatomo.
The role of the mother is to teach the child to cope alone and to form a responsible adult future. That’s why it will not be a surprise for anyone to see a 4-5 year old child who runs alone on the subway. Moreover, in Japan, no parent takes their child to school by car.
“Nobody calls for Child Protection and the surprise is that these kids have no mobile phones on them. I use public phones and it is considered a process of responsiveness to the little child because the Japanese mother says that if I do not teach my child to go to the subway when she learns this? “Explains Alexandra Jidiuc.
In Japanese culture EDUCATION is first and foremost. The price of a house, for example, is given by the reputation of the school in that area. And if until 3 years the parents answer for the child’s deeds, when entering the school the authority is entrusted exclusively to the teacher.
Although students have a normal school program, after each class each student attends clubs and goes to the library.
“They study a lot outside the house, because there are spaces dedicated to the study. You will see that I am always with the book after them, all Japanese children have a book especially on the subway and I read permanently, “says Alexandra Jidiuc, a Japanese culture specialist.
In Japan you will never see babbling babies. At 10th grade, the riders wear short-sleeved shirts. Also, there is no fear in the Sunrise Land. current.
“Japanese children, even if they are cold, wear a short-sleeved shirt and shorts and play out, so they are very strong,” says Chinatshu Kawatomo.
“There is air conditioning in the Japanese subway, it was extremely cold in my opinion, and my husband and I were pretty inffolious and I saw a child who was at least one month old, was born newborn and was out of stock, in a points and so on. She was not wrapped in the blanket and did not seem to be unhealthy, “Alexandra Jidiuc told.
“When I was a kid, in the general school, we were forced to run barefoot outside. And I was running, the teachers were putting music … you do not like the currents, but for me there is nothing, “says Japanese teacher Chinatshu Kawatomo.
Japanese mothers care very much for the little ones to have a healthy diet. In addition to rice and fish, no child is eating fruit and vegetables.
There are internationally known BENTOs – those boxes of their own where Japanese mothers decorate rice with all sorts of pretty faces, precisely to make children eat vegetables.
Japanese children do not make any noise at the table either. Explication…
“In Japanese culture it is said that there is a spirit in everything. And when you do not eat everything or do not act well at the table, throw the food or the chair at the table, it is said that you upset that spirit: the seat, the food, the environment, and then, if you upset the spirit and he it will upset you and something negative will happen to you, “says Alexandra Jidiuc.
In the Sun Country, you will never meet a child to make a hysterical crisis in the store because you do not buy toys … You will not meet young people who will be noisy on the street, scream or hurt someone.
They also think it is rude to look at strangers, so everyone focuses on what they have to do and does not look at the people around. That’s why most children are shy and shameful.
“When I was working at a Japanese garden, my Romanian colleague always asked the Romanians: what do you think? In Japan less say what opinion we have. Just listening to the teacher … “says Chinatshu Kawatomo.
In Japanese society there is a cult of both the mother and the teacher, precisely because they prepare the children for life and society.