Trivia: Why is Japan so clean? Where does the behavior of cleanliness come from?

Jun 06, 2022

Q.

Why is Japan so clean? Where does the behavior of cleanliness come from?

A.

The majority of Japanese public schools have time set aside for cleaning and tidying in the afternoon, called "osouji".

Students are to clean their assigned location. Some hand wipe the floors, some move the desks, and some clean the hallway. Students rotate between roles and learn the importance of cleaning from when they are young.

Even as an adult, some Japanese traditional companies direct their employees to empty trash and do "osouji" in the morning together. 

As Marie Kondo helped spread the culture of "seiriseiton" to the world, for many Japanese people, it's no magic but a daily routine. 

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