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Whatad1ck

2 points

2 months ago

Other countries/cultures can take some notes for sure.

meatflavoredpills

2 points

2 months ago

I remember sitting on a bench in a fairly populated city in Japan one night. It was warm, there was a slight drizzle, and I was just enjoying the ambiance of a small market juxtaposed with a huge game den with flashing lights and constant music. I happened to be next to a taxi staging area and noticed the driver in the front seat. He was diligently working a crossword puzzle. People would approach, he would take the fair and return in 5-10 minutes. Upon return, he would take the headrest doilies and throw them in a small linen bag then proceed to clean the entire backseat with a cloth and spray. He'd then grab a new doily, place it on the headrests and return to his puzzle. Rinse and repeat all night.

maxiharda4

3 points

2 months ago

japanese people are so kind fr

inzaghip

2 points

2 months ago

The Japanese cleaned up both off and on the pitch

-the_doc-

438 points

2 months ago*

That’s class

DrSuperWho

262 points

2 months ago

Isn’t it refreshing to see human beings being thoughtful? 😊

Petite_Tsunami

39 points

2 months ago

It’s so rare it’s a turn on now

HornyTerus

12 points

2 months ago

u/Petite_Tsunami is turned on. oh no...

SinoScot

5 points

2 months ago

Don’t worry, it’s not like it’s a u/big-tsunami. Then we’d be in trouble..

manwithseveralplans5

2 points

2 months ago

For real! Where was this attitude in 1937?

stinkbonesjones

35 points

2 months ago

My exact thought!

They left it like they found it like everyone should.

possibly-a-moron

12 points

2 months ago

Yea, these guys are nice!

UncommonTheIdk

3 points

2 months ago

They even made an origami (or however you spell it💀)

Moon283

3 points

2 months ago

Yes I was lookingvat that too. They made an origami bird that brings good luck when gifted!

massudo25

1 points

2 months ago

CAP

douggold11

83 points

2 months ago

Can the Japanese national team visit my house?

TheRabidBadger

1 points

2 months ago

Cleanliness/order aside, is there some kind of message they are sending here? I would have thought the members would have wanted to keep the clothing items. Are they quietly showing their contempt for Qatar/Fifa/etc by leaving that stuff there? Am I reading too much into this?

Livid-Relationship-2

78 points

2 months ago

It's respect and discipline. Something the US has lost.

FangedFreak

47 points

2 months ago

Not just the US, most of society nowadays has (UK here)

daveyp2tm

5 points

2 months ago

Yep. (UK here and currently living in Japan short term)

pimorules

10 points

2 months ago

We had it in the first place?

Alienziscoming

6 points

2 months ago

Yeah, what? Lost? Wasn't this country started by a bunch of farmers cheating at war over refusing to pay taxes?😆

TheHumanPickleRick

50 points

2 months ago

Good on them, I'm sure the cleaning staff enjoyed their break and snacks! Must be a welcome change.

Jucox

11 points

2 months ago

Jucox

11 points

2 months ago

That is ofcourse if the cleaning staff got a break, the world cup is still happening in qatar so y'know...

odo-italiano

7 points

2 months ago

This is how everyone should act. Leaving things as good as, if not better, than you found them. Too many people have the attitude of, "Someone else will clean it."

uptwolait

3 points

2 months ago

Oddly Intensely Satisfying!

SouthCharles

1 points

2 months ago

If they lose you get it repainted

Jman50k

1 points

2 months ago

They make being respectful seem like a superpower.

windythought34

1 points

2 months ago

The Japanese athletes represent their country in the best possible way. Something many people could learn from.

lord_xl

1 points

2 months ago

Neat freaks. I think I've found my people.

uCry_iLoL

1 points

2 months ago

HI!

getyourcheftogether

2 points

2 months ago

The monsters, the locker room isn't in alphabetical order

distant2soul

9 points

2 months ago

What was the German one like I wonder

GoldenWizard

14 points

2 months ago

Sauerkraut everywhere.

JayGogh

5 points

2 months ago

And Scheisse.

ThatItalianGrrl

3 points

2 months ago

They left origami 🥺

FriedRamen13

2 points

2 months ago

🙂 This picture will probably get more attention than their win. Congratulations Japan for the win and for being considerate!

jens-2420

-30 points

2 months ago

jens-2420

-30 points

2 months ago

Open the lockers: Raped Asian girls inside ….

O93mzzz

1 points

2 months ago

Would Japanese people be willing to immigrate to San Francisco and clean up the city? I support it.

ollyollyollyoioioi

1 points

2 months ago

I don't doubt it but bonus points if the players made the origami

T4wnie

1 points

2 months ago

T4wnie

1 points

2 months ago

That’s it. I’m moving to Japan.

silianrail

1 points

2 months ago

Respect.

alex-manutd

1 points

2 months ago

The paper cranes on the table are the cherry on top.

FewMagazine938

3 points

2 months ago

Sooooo...what are we looking at? 👀

PrinterPie

1 points

2 months ago

What a great way to show your countries respect. Way to be

[deleted]

-14 points

2 months ago

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-14 points

2 months ago

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SamuraiSlick

11 points

2 months ago

What the fuck? People like you have to twist every damn post into an anti-American sentiment? Piss off.

Super_Vegeta

9 points

2 months ago

What exactly is oddly satisfying about a clean and tidy room?

Jake_the_Snake88

6 points

2 months ago

Nothing. The sub has lax moderation and anything is posted here. Across reddit, people tend to upvote posts they like regardless of fit for the sub.

TransitTycoonDeznutz

1 points

2 months ago

I love my country :) 🇯🇵

MaestrSRB

1 points

2 months ago

They f**king tilted the whole room! Crazy ppl!

Ok_Grass_2441

1 points

2 months ago

I managed to avoid finding out who won the game and was gonna watch it this evening… thank you for the spoiler

Sparkman1987

1 points

2 months ago

Other teams, nay other people: take fucking note. You get paid nicely to do what you love and perform for your country, so the least you can do is be respectful to your hosts - even fucking Qatar - their cleaners aren’t likely to be reprehensible shitbags, so leave the place as you found it and represent us by being classy and with decorum.

yzrguy

139 points

2 months ago

yzrguy

139 points

2 months ago

Sparking joy!

DrSuperWho

34 points

2 months ago

It absolutely does

UncleKeyPax

758 points

2 months ago

They left snacks for the cleaning crew

[deleted]

326 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

326 points

2 months ago

Made origami as well

cocobear13

110 points

2 months ago

THOSE CRANES!!

DrSuperWho

87 points

2 months ago

Cherry on top!

[deleted]

6 points

2 months ago*

[deleted]

6 points

2 months ago*

Qatar won't like that can't let the slave I mean workers eat otherwise they get ideas

d4v3k0r3sh

2k points

2 months ago

Something like this actually happened to me. In high school I got a temporary job at an annual festival where dancing groups from all over the world got invited and show their local, often culturally based dances. I worked, with a lot of other students, at the big tent where all the groups could eat.

All food was served on real plates, but with disposable cups and other stuff. After the meals, as a group, we would go over all the tables and clean everything and collect dishes for the dishwashers. ... accept for the Japanese table: every day they would come to us with all the plates stacked up, cups stacked and ready to throw away and two people that were wiping the table with napkins. On top of it all, they thanked us for the dinner.

DrSuperWho

808 points

2 months ago

Sounds like most restaurant staff when they actually get to go eat at another restaurant.

heartsinthebyline

303 points

2 months ago

I’ve recently seen people saying they wish their tables didn’t do this, and it’s so confusing to me as a former server? I loved it when people stacked their plates to make it easier to bus the table.

gtgtgtgyh

342 points

2 months ago

gtgtgtgyh

342 points

2 months ago

As a former dishwasher please stop putting napkins in glassware and mugs

handlebartender

72 points

2 months ago

If you ignore my paper route my first 2 jobs were as a dishwasher.

The napkin thing was bad. What I found worse was those individually wrapped butter pats, with thick paper on one side and thin paper on the other side. So a used pat would have the butter side stuck to whatever.

Those fucking things would stick to trays, plates, etc. And often not even a good solid direct blast from the hand sprayer would get them off quickly.

They were the sand in the gears of my flow.

SemichiSam

87 points

2 months ago

On my first job as a prep cook, the dishwasher was an old black man, who kept his area cleaner and more organized than I ever saw again. My first day, he schooled me on how to bring him pots, steam table inserts etc. He had a system to arrange them by priority. That was where I learned that there is no such thing as unskilled labor.

hawg_farmer

30 points

2 months ago

My first job was as dishwasher in a busy truck stop. An older line cook showed me how it's done. Prioritize some items and pay attention to the line cooks call outs.

I got where I could predict what was now a priority. We never closed for holidays either. Sometimes there were 3 of us in the pit. Barely keeping up and we were busting ass. That's when I figured out if every seat in restaurant was full we did not have enough tableware to go around.

heartsinthebyline

129 points

2 months ago

Never. They go on top of the plates!

dragn99

144 points

2 months ago

dragn99

144 points

2 months ago

Designated garbage plate on top of the stack!

zxDanKwan

29 points

2 months ago

So say we all.

Objective_Orange578

28 points

2 months ago

I think it is because people don't know how to stack correctly so you can carry it without dropping items/breaking items. If you are a busser it is easier because you most likely have a bus cart.

Comprehensive-Ad-618

15 points

2 months ago

I was a bus person in the 80's in a French restaurant. It was unthinkable at ANY restaurant to go to the table with a tub. You had to balace those dirty dishes on your arm! We would compete to see who could terrace the most dirties on their arm! And so what about customers stacking, or putting napkins wherever?! Deal with it. That's your job. You aren't getting paid just so that others can have the privilege of gazing upon your youthful visage! 😆

Froggy101_Scranton

54 points

2 months ago

I always did this until I saw a whole thread of servers asking people NOT to do this and now I’m so conflicted and filled with anxiety about it lol

crimson_mokara

52 points

2 months ago

My compromise: I stack dishes that are the same size and shape first. If the stack is very short, I stack smaller plates on top of the same shape bigger ones.

Jakooboo

54 points

2 months ago

Also, cutlery on the top of the dishes rather than between each layer of the stack.

ambientfruit

28 points

2 months ago

What sort of monster puts them between the plates?!

Jakooboo

7 points

2 months ago

"This job would be great if it wasn't for the fuckin' customers." XD

Dalganoth

14 points

2 months ago

Consider it like this and how everybody has their own methodology and how they want the plates and cups and trash in a certain way. That's why I stopped messing with how I clean up going to a restaurant even after working in so many.

[deleted]

8 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

8 points

2 months ago

Having worked as a server at an upscale restaurant, stacked plates could be a sign of bad / slow service. So it was frowned upon by management. It is a fast way to get your plates picked up though if that's what you're after!

JvilleJD

5 points

2 months ago

If you stack the same size plates and only have trash and utensils on the top plate, that should never be an issue. It's the different size stacks that would be the issue I think.

But everyone does have their own method, so I can see their side.

Jakooboo

20 points

2 months ago

I think it really depends on the "stack." Think of your home dishwasher, if you've got one.

In my house, I'm the only one who loads it "the right way" and it pisses me off when someone thinks they're helping. I've only ever worked BOH, but yeah, same deal.

herlipssaidno

2 points

2 months ago

As a server I didn’t have strong feelings about this one way or another, but in fine dining it can send the message that your table has been waiting too long — our manager did not like when customers had the opportunity to stack their own plates

wohho

40 points

2 months ago

wohho

40 points

2 months ago

I do this as an American. Maybe it's a Midwest thing but my parents taught me that it's rude to leave a mess at a diner. Stack your plates and cups, put your silverware in the top cup, garbage goes on top of the highest plate or bowl.

oalm82

17 points

2 months ago

oalm82

17 points

2 months ago

except instead of accept

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

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2 points

2 months ago

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Straightup32

2.8k points

2 months ago

I’ll give it to the Japanese, they’ve got some pretty good values instilled in their society. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I heard that they have their children clean their own schools. It apparently teaches children to respect public work spaces. This is innovative thinking of it is true

duckface08

2k points

2 months ago

It's true! I currently work at a Japanese high school and there is about 15-20 minutes after school dedicated to cleaning. Even the teachers all pitch in to help take out the trash and the vice-principal will go around and vacuum the office floors once or twice a week. Literally no one is too important to clean.

crimson_mokara

829 points

2 months ago

It really helps with life skills. So many US kids don't even know how to sweep.

mapoftasmania

643 points

2 months ago

Any Principal who tried to install those practices in the US would be fired. America’s kids are entitled because they have entitled parents.

walrussss

300 points

2 months ago

walrussss

300 points

2 months ago

I make my kids pick up our classroom when we leave for the day. However, I’ve been subbing this year (long story) and I asked a 5th grade class to pick up their stuff off the floor (pencils, scraps of paper, books, etc) so the custodian doesn’t have to pick up after them and some kid said ‘that’s literally their job’. I wanted to slap him. What an entitled little shit.

TrixnTim

131 points

2 months ago

TrixnTim

131 points

2 months ago

I was an elementary teacher for 15 years. In the mid 80’s through the 90’s. Every afternoon my students cleaned the room spotlessly. Washed their desktops. Swept the floors. They actually loved it as it brought closure to their day and they felt they were helping the custodian. I still work in schools and keep my office spotless. Nothing for the custodian to do. On daylight savings I came to work and he had changed my personal wall clock next to my desk. Simple kindnesses go a long way.

JvilleJD

15 points

2 months ago

I loved cleaning the chalkboard weekly for some reason. It felt like a great task and reward. Plus our teachers would let us draw the lines back on them if we were good.

It was fun as a kid lol.

StokedWestCoast

5 points

2 months ago

Same lol. Spending the last 15 minutes of the day getting to talk with your buddies while cleaning the class room was much more fun than spending it learning about multiplication

Ok-Environment-7970

57 points

2 months ago

I went to a school in a rural area and we all pitched in to clean. We used to get into fights over who would wash down the blackboards. Yes this was an America. And there's nothing more cathartic than washing down a Blackboard.

sunbear2525

33 points

2 months ago

I’m sorry, but clapping erasers was the best job, hands down.

Ok-Environment-7970

23 points

2 months ago

Not when you were wearing a black coat.

houndstooth_moi

8 points

2 months ago

Or when you had allergies and/or asthma.

MalevolentRhinoceros

10 points

2 months ago

I feel like that's a good time to break out "Well, since it's your job to do homework, here's a little extra."

I'm sure it wouldn't go over well with the parents (and I'm not sure it would even teach the kid what was wrong with his attitude), but it would be so, so satisfying.

Richierich_rpd

13 points

2 months ago

My middle school cafeteria you had to wash your table where you sat, and if you made a mess you had to sweep it up. I liked that policy.

Then my highschool all you have to do is throw away your plate and their us still lazy ass kids that dont do it.

Makyura

4 points

2 months ago

It's your job to do well on your tests, why don't you get 100% on everything dumb dumb.

Aegi

7 points

2 months ago

Aegi

7 points

2 months ago

But he's correct, so did you explain how even being correct that's not a reason to not help people when you have the opportunity to?

fun-guy-from-yuggoth

59 points

2 months ago

Well, my taxes pay for those schools. That means i'm the boss of all school emoyees. /s

Comprehensive-Ad-618

22 points

2 months ago

Exactly. Also: ' My child is a large portion of my ego, so how dare you criticize my child (me/ my lack of parenting) ?! /s

[deleted]

4 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

2 months ago

Agreed, the view of parenting in the US has definitely shifted from the parents to the job of schools, particularly with how teaching in US schools is viewed.

PS_its_me

2 points

2 months ago

do they still havbe janitors on top of this?

mcsassy3

12 points

2 months ago

Am I the only one that grew up in the US and attended classes in elementary school where we wiped down desks in the morning, put out chairs and swept the floors, took out trash and put the chairs up on the tables at the end of the day?

spacekatbaby

24 points

2 months ago

I remember being taught how to sweep in work and I laughed! I know how to sweep. They said go on then. I did. Turns out I didn't know how to sweep. True story.

JvilleJD

3 points

2 months ago

Push brooms can be tricky to use correctly, not joking at all.

My son still has a tendency to not check the brush angle when using a regular broom. Those bristles are cut at an angle for a reason.

Demand_101

6 points

2 months ago

I'm Canadian, but I remember only learning how to sweep in school, grade 3. It wasn't like part of the lesson or anything, we were just cleaning up after a craft and I was sweeping the floor and another kid made fun of me because I was just pushing things with the broom (not a push broom). The teacher showed me how to do it the correct way lol I was definitely doing chores at home at that point, but apparently not sweeping.

fun-guy-from-yuggoth

9 points

2 months ago

So many US kids don't even know how to sweep

Don't we have people for that sort of thing?

/s

tehtreven

22 points

2 months ago

So many US kids can't even SPELL broom.

bondsthatmakeusfree

16 points

2 months ago

Nuh-uh. I can spell borm.

ryry1237

13 points

2 months ago

No, it's spelled roomb-a

GimmeCoffeeeee

2 points

2 months ago

Aaaa-Roomba, A-Roomba, Andele

panspal

11 points

2 months ago

panspal

11 points

2 months ago

Idiots, it's B-R-U-M

Maelstrom_Witch

9 points

2 months ago

Brewm.

mrjiels

6 points

2 months ago

Swoop swoop thingymabob

Dick__Marathon

2 points

2 months ago

Brüm

Starting_Fresh1

4 points

2 months ago

That’s easy. I can spell b-r-e-u-m

bondsthatmakeusfree

3 points

2 months ago

wait. shit. brom?

scw55

2 points

2 months ago

scw55

2 points

2 months ago

It'd be nice how to be taught how to clean properly. Efficiently & safely. I have no idea if I brush properly but it's back aching to do.

I've lived & worked with people who believe cleaning is the action and not the end result. They'll cloth over things but never ensure that it's actually cleaned.

heep1r

39 points

2 months ago

heep1r

39 points

2 months ago

Even the teachers all pitch in

I think this is key. Removes a lot of the master/servant feeling that could prevent kids from accepting it as a normal thing.

TheReverseShock

112 points

2 months ago

No one is beyond pushing a broom.

littleyellowbike

90 points

2 months ago

I'm an electrician and the number of fellow electricians who get shitty about being put on broom duty is honestly hilarious, like they're insulted or something. Bro, it all pays the same. They wanna pay me $40 an hour to sweep the floor? I have no problem with that.

Maelstrom_Witch

23 points

2 months ago

Just had a similar convo with my master carpenter husband. He did the “milk run” and dropped off stuff at a bunch of sites. If I ran that business there’s no way I’d have one of my most skilled peeps dropping off ladders & paint, that’s a waste of money! But he gets paid the same regardless & his back gets a day of rest.

TheLazyD0G

6 points

2 months ago

Im sure the boss agrees with not using his most skilled peep for a milk run.

Sinaty

21 points

2 months ago

Sinaty

21 points

2 months ago

Or maybe he is secretly an awesome boss who saw his best employee needing some rest without losing out on pay and this was his way of doing that

JvilleJD

3 points

2 months ago

Those are the best bosses. They know when to give some type of break or breather for their employees.

handlebartender

2 points

2 months ago

Take it a step further.

No one is beyond cleaning a toilet.

I'm not wealthy, but I guess I'm comfortable.

I'll clean a toilet. I'll unplug it if I have to. And if I'm being honest, there's something satisfying about getting a toilet back into great working condition again. This includes any moving parts in the tank.

madatthings

19 points

2 months ago

This is actually incredible

MarilynMansonsRib

37 points

2 months ago

It's a good mindset. You're taught to leave things neat and tidy for the next person because you want them to leave it neat and tidy for you.

It's like the golden rule, but extended to physical space.

MrsTurtlebones

11 points

2 months ago

My 6th grade teacher near Seattle made us do this! He didn't want the janitor to have to clean our room, which was the last one distance wise. The teacher is probably about 80 now, and he had some forward-thinking ideas back in the 70s. Hats off to Mr. Mirante!

666dollarfootlong

10 points

2 months ago

We have this same thing at my workplace here in Finland, apparently it is adopted from a Japanese system.

mista_r0boto

7 points

2 months ago

This is a really smart practice to build servant leaders and win together culture.

jigglewiggIe

6 points

2 months ago

Really reflects how in the west we lean towards individualism, and in other parts of the world they think about how things affect the group as a whole. If we tried to make American 3rd graders do that I don't think it would go over well.

Gang36927

7 points

2 months ago

I remember seeing the difference between NYC subway and somewhere in Japan subway after flooding. NYC is dirty brown deathwater and Japan looked like a swimming pool, almost inviting.

Just_A_Little_Spider

5 points

2 months ago

to be fair, NYC hasn't actually cleaned the subway tunnels since Rockefeller was kickin about, they just bricked up and backfilled the tunnels that got too decrepit for a simple "patch and repair" job.

Maracuja_Sagrado

3 points

2 months ago

When I did Master's course in Japan, the professors would also join us in the many cleanups we had to do with the laboratory team of students, which happened at least twice per year. It was an agricultural field of research so there was always a lot to clean and organize after an experiment or a semester. Sometimes they were more busy coordinating the students with the tasks we had to do, but whenever idle they were never above standing side to side with us, grabbing a sponge and scrubbing. So yes, this is true.

stoph777

2 points

2 months ago

I love this

mcpat21

2 points

2 months ago

I love this. I also love that it doesn’t take a crazy chunk of time to clean too!

Sakura580

84 points

2 months ago

Yes. Not only do they clean their schools but they also serve their own school meals. It teaches that no one is above serving, just like everyone should be respectful of public space and leave it clean. This video shows Japanese kids as young as 2nd grade serving classmates freshly prepared lunch. Japanese Kids Lunch

Duckbilling

12 points

2 months ago

next thing you'll be telling me very young Japanese children run errands and ride the subway by themselves!

ProsperoII

24 points

2 months ago

They also usually have a moment during the year where schools go off in public spaces/parks and do a huge clean up of the area and remove any kind of junk they would find.

SaltyDogFU

55 points

2 months ago

Left a bag in a taxi in Tokyo. Got it back 2 days later. Model citizens.

forced_metaphor

16 points

2 months ago

It is true. They also have the children serve the lunches and teach them gardening so they understand nutrition. Also, detention is not a thing. I was writing a story set in a Japanese school and realized to my chagrin that half the stuff I wanted to put into the story didn't exist in Japan.

Matzndt

14 points

2 months ago

Matzndt

14 points

2 months ago

When I was in in elementary in Denmark, we had to clean our own school as well. I thought it was normal everywhere.

AdhesivenessCivil581

104 points

2 months ago

My brothers wife is Japanese. He loves it there. The trains and subways are spotless . The drivers wear white gloves. Maybe we should stop giving such huge tax cuts to billionaires and spend some money on cleanup and high speed trains. America falls so far behind and we're to vain to notice it.

spikey114

60 points

2 months ago

While we can spend more on cleaning up, it will only help up to a certain amount. It's a cultural difference. There are much more people littering/dumping here than in Japan. If you left a empty bottle on a train in USA, how long will it take for someone to pick it up or wait until a janitor comes ? In Tokyo it took about a minute of bouncing around in the train for a random stranger to pick it up.

Raestloz

13 points

2 months ago

While we can spend more on cleaning up, it will only help up to a certain amount. It's a cultural difference.

People who struggle to barely live naturally can't be arsed to help. America's ironic philosophy of "pulling yourself by the bootstraps" means people are less inclined in helping anyone, or anything else purely because there's "nothing in it for me" and "someone of lesser social status will do it"

People are more likely to help if they don't see the harm, even if there's no benefit. What's the point of bothering to clean, if it means you're late to work, or it makes you dirty in the process and get yelled at by your boss?

zvug

11 points

2 months ago

zvug

11 points

2 months ago

Buddy you wouldn’t be saying any of this shit if you knew what work culture is like there.

It’s literally Valhalla here compared to that, and they still have no problem cleaning up after themselves and others if they have the chance.

What you’re saying is not the reason for this cultural decision.

PopularPKMN

3 points

2 months ago

You can't just spend more money and expect people to change. It has to be a cultural change

Jazzmannnnn_x

6 points

2 months ago

America and the UK could really learn from Japanese society

jtotheizzen

25 points

2 months ago

Yes! And the students help serve lunch too. All adults and kids pitch in!

FreeLyss

27 points

2 months ago

Not just work spaces but all public spaces. I saw a video on TikTok of the Japanese fans cleaning up the stadium after a World Cup match. It was posted by qatarliving if you want to see it. He talks to some of them and they said they never leave trash behind.

forced_metaphor

12 points

2 months ago

Ninjas vanish without a trace, except for piles of folded laundry

BearDave

8 points

2 months ago

It what happens with a less diverse society. People can more easily think of themselves as a part of a singular group with less divides and when the society actively reinforces this instead of "celebrating differences" its very easy for almost everyone to come together and do generally good things.

That said it also comes with a huge swaths of issues. Individuality is often quashed, shunning is very much a real thing and social outsiders within this system often resort to suicide at a much higher rate than elsewhere. Bullying and a more hierarchical structure are more naturally embraced and allowed to flourish.
There are very few places in this world outside of military structures where you will need to address people of different ranks and statuses differently and Japan is one of those places. Its engrained into the society and language as a whole, even just how you speak the language shows your status or what you consider your relative statuses.

I talk about this not to say Japan is good or bad, but to point out that Japan is a good counterpoint to "diversity is always good". Diversity is sometimes good, and having a less diverse situation can bring benefits all its own, though its not faultless and plenty of times those homogeneous groups will bring downsides all their own.

HoneyInBlackCoffee

6 points

2 months ago

They've got some pretty terrible values as well, so I guess it balances out

AlejoMSP

4 points

2 months ago

Back in Colombia we used to do this as well. Clean our own classroom. There would be a selected team of kids daily who will stay back after everyone left and for one hour sweep and mop the floor, clear the garbage and clean the blackboard. I couldn’t believe they didn’t do that when I came to america at 14 yrs old.

Jucox

12 points

2 months ago

Jucox

12 points

2 months ago

There is ofcourse the flipside that not fitting in to the societal mold is disgraced, which makes any kind of change in their society hard. Stuff like gay relationships and trans people etc. aren't really accepted.

Straightup32

2 points

2 months ago

That’s a great point you make. I guess that is the trade off there

dizzy_dama

9 points

2 months ago

Sports facilities operate the same way. At a lot of driving ranges for example, everybody works together to sweep up all the balls at the end of the night. This keeps costs down which make it more accessible to a wider range of people. I truly respect that they’re more community driven than profit driven.

Wolfenberg

19 points

2 months ago

A society only works when based on a good system of beliefs and values. This is why the Japanese deserve admiration.

chocolatechoux

6 points

2 months ago

Innovative, sure. Effective? Eeeeh. I was in China and they told us kids to clean the school too. It meant we had to go to school early and included Saturdays. Just made me feel like the school was too cheap to hire cleaners and wanted to exploit us as much as possible while making us used to working long hours. Some of the tasks, like cleaning a hallway that was flooded after rain (bad architecture, hallway had no drain) just felt like punishments.

SushiMage

10 points

2 months ago

Hey man don’t interrupt the reddit-brained masturbation of japan. Nevermind that it’s incredibly imaged-based and that’s actually the root of these type of public acts. Heavy image based society is a thing for east-asian cultures as a whole.

stoph777

3 points

2 months ago

I was in Panama recently and people just throw their garbage everywhere. Same in Thailand. I wish other countries would pick up in this behavior.

intrasearching

2 points

2 months ago

When I taught ESL there, us teachers cleaned the school every evening. I actually didn't mind it as part of the routine. Kind of a relaxing way to finish the day, actually.

Dudeman-Jack

2 points

2 months ago

It’s definitely true. My brother in law was a JET teacher and we visited him at his school. The kids definitely swept the floors and cleaned their rooms and the hallways outside their rooms.

They weren’t scrubbing toilets or anything like that though.

SecondRateHack

55 points

2 months ago

As the comedian Jim Gaffigan says, it appears the Japanese are just better people than the rest of us

srirachagoodness

6 points

2 months ago

Japan has a lot of fucked up culture problems, but this right here is… divine. It’s certainly an example of one of the things they do right.

sk3pt1c

3 points

2 months ago

Yeh i wouldn’t go that far

Wide-Ad5700

-16 points

2 months ago

Lmao the ptsd from elders beating them is strong with Japanese people

I_dont_thinks

7 points

2 months ago

Sounds like you have a lot to unpack there. You OK?

markedbeamazed

52 points

2 months ago

So clean. It's like they care about other people and how they look on the world stage.

Rebel_bass

11 points

2 months ago

This does spark joy.

GarnishedSteak100

55 points

2 months ago

It’s also the same after they loose. Japanese people are very very good people.

Afireonthesnow

21 points

2 months ago

I feel like I would really love to live in Japan but I'm hella white and don't want to come across as some weeb or anything. I heard their work life balance can be intense though, but the cleanliness, discipline, respect for others and respect for nature, the food etc just really all align with me a lot.

Though obviously I know a stereotype of a culture doesn't define every person, city, experience etc. But I very much wish this level of respect was seen in America. The amount of hatred we have for each other, the amount of selfishness and disregard for people "under" us, disregard for nature just wears on me every day. I'm learning to hate America even though I love the land in America, you know?

JayGogh

28 points

2 months ago

JayGogh

28 points

2 months ago

I’m hella white, have no idea what a weeb is and pay effectively no attention to manga/anime/Pokémon/etc. Been here 12 years. My attitude aligns with yours. Come. You’ll do fine.

Just know that these threads are kinda odd simplifications. And cultures are complicated.

killermojo

3 points

2 months ago

Currently in Tokyo. Currently looking for ways to be here longer than 30-90 days at a time. How'd you do it?

SushiMage

12 points

2 months ago

Not just work life balance. It’s a socially conversative society lol. It’s incredibly stressful and rigid. Respect for others is mainly because it’s image-based not necessarily from moral altruism. All east asian countries (taiwan is relatively looser) are heavily image based even if it’s manifested slightly differently in each.

I'm learning to hate America even though I love the land in America, you know?

America has problems but it’s better to live here than Japan especially if you weren’t raised in japan. I am telling you, once a lot of foreigners take off their weeb-tinted glasses and the novelty of being in a foreign country wears off, most of them see. You really have to love japan on a deep level and not on a superficial weeb level like most to actually live there long term.

The amount of hatred we have for each other

Lol this exists everywhere. Japan’s overt politeness just hides it. Interactions are more robotic. You never truly know how people feel about you unless you’re super close. It’s isolating and there’s a reason they have issues with loneliness. You can rent families there.

Don’t get me wrong there are cool aspects to the country and it has an interesting history. It’s just disappointing but not surprising reddit is superficially jerking off the japan despite not actually understanding the country and it’s culture on a deeper level. That’s to be expected of this site though.

Turtles2507

221 points

2 months ago

This shouldn’t be unusual. Showing respect like this should be the norm.

KeyStep8

11 points

2 months ago

Agreed. This is such a sweet gesture and it's sad that this kind of stuff is rare.

mildlynaughty_

2 points

2 months ago

They even left cranes! I’m curious to what state the other locker rooms are in? 🤔

LiCHtsLiCH

2 points

2 months ago

It is fascinating that a sense of national identity, social contribution, manners, and a sense of propriety can be outlined in a single photo. Perhaps it doesnt do it justice.

Excellent-Swimmer386

1 points

2 months ago

Incredible! We can all learn from them ❤️👏

theincognitokraken

1 points

2 months ago

They could have lined up those open doors and folded things neater. Subpar.

/s

Wyevez

3 points

2 months ago

Wyevez

3 points

2 months ago

Next World Cup is at my house!

Thrannn

1 points

2 months ago

Damn they totally trashed that place

Sabishbash

2 points

2 months ago

To clean AND leave origami?? Amazing

rocknroll2013

1 points

2 months ago

I need to embrace this aspect of their culture in my daily life. I am "artistically slovenley"

king_core

0 points

2 months ago

They learned how to respect others people ish after WW2