7 Interesting Thoughts of Japanese Family

7 Interesting Thoughts of Japanese Family

Japan is sometimes considered a closed society and most foreigners who come to Japan who stay for a while get surprised at how different it is from the countries abroad. Some find things peculiar, some admire. In this article, the strong traits which distinguish a Japanese family to the different families of the world would be discussed. The contents are somehow from one`s personal point of view and is being shared to help one in understanding why things are such.



 

7 Interesting Thoughts of Japanese Family

 

1. Nuclear Family

A familiy is often thought to be composed of the grand father, grand mother, father, mother, brother , sister and baby. Sometimes, people would even include their cousins, uncle and aunts in. A family living with their grand parents and some relatives is considered common in some countries. However, in Japan, each household of a Japanese family is limited to the nuclear family. There is no rule to this and some Japanese family live together with members out of the nucleaus but in most cases like decision making and other aspects, the nuclear family is given priority.

 

2. 1-2 Child Policy

In the old days, a Japanese family with 7 children is nothing but normal. Nowadays, because of the tight economy, everyone is being more careful. Because the Japanese parents have a belief that they are parenting and educating future members of the society, they often plan ahead and save money for their education. Education which includes not only school but also experiencing each Japanese tradition which would require money. Because of this, it would be difficult to save enough to have a budget for a large number of children and that is why the number of children of most families in Japan is limited from 1 -2.

 

3. Rented Apartment for a Japanese Family

According to the data statistics Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Statistics Bureau, 61% of the Japanese population are home owners. However, in some countries, owning a home is a very common thing. Children are often educated to have their own place or territory under the sun. In Japan, moving from one place to another is not unusual because often in one`s career, one has to be sent and work for a while in the different branches of the company nationwide and this is one reason why some Japanese family do not find owning a “My Home” a practical choice.

 

4. Most Families do not use the expression “I love you”

Most Japanese feel a little bit shy in expressing their feelings. Showing that they are shy about it too is a bit embarrassing many. Many of the Japanese family do not show their feelings that much to each other. The word terekusai (so embarrassing) is considered to be a reason but most of them are considered to be able to manage and control their feelings. Sometimes, one`s personal feeling may cause trouble to a whole group and because of this, most are trained in their Japanese family not to easily express their feelings. Also, expressing it too often loses its credibility and its being special.

 

5. Most Adolescents do not Join Family Events and Celebrations

As mentioned earlier, most of the time, a Japanese family would have a small number of children in a household. This is one reason why friends and classmates` existence in a Japanese is big. They are like a sibling to them. They spend most of the time in school together and in club activities after class and during week-end practices as well. A big factor that causes this too is that everyone in the same region attend the same school. Usually, when they reach high school, they start celebrating their birthdays with their friends instead of their families.

 

6. Giving Opinions about someone’s Family is Avoided

In some countries, a family member`s advice is often appreciated and considered as a concern. Sometimes, the mother or father in law`s advice is valued and often taken into consideration. In a Japanese family, things are different. Just like it was mentioned earlier, the Japanese family is nuclear and because of this, people usually avoid giving their personal opinions or advise even if they are relative or a close friend. The reason is that because they are outside the nucleus and do not want to sound nosy.

 

7. Work or Duty is Prioritized over the Japanese Family

The population of Japan compared to other countries is small. Most are old aged people and the young and force labor is weak and because of that, work is valued by everyone. Most Japanese are aware of this situation and because of this, the Japanese family support each member in their career or assignment. Also, the Japanese consider commitment to work or to one`s own duty as a virtue where personality character will be honed. Because of this, prioritizing job or duty over Japanese family is considered natural and is usually admired.

 

Conclusion

So there you are. The 7 thoughts about a Japanese family discussed above explains just a part of the many reasons why a Japanese family is such. Understanding the Japanese family would require a lot of things such as research, actually living with them and learning their culture. The above article is written to assist one in this endeavor.

 

7 Interesting Thoughts of Japanese Family

1. Nuclear Family
2. 1-2 Child Policy
3. Rented Apartment for a Japanese Family
4. Most Families do not use the expression “I love you”
5. Most Adolescents do not Join Family Events and Celebrations
6. Giving Opinions about someone`s Family is Avoided
7. Work or Duty is Prioritized over the Japanese Family