6.10.11

ニホンのソウジはスゴイ!?って?

I watched the NHK TV programme, 「セカイでニホンGO」, tonight about Japanese manners. It was a little exaggerated (!) at times, but I kind of agree with the talk about 「掃除」, 'cleaning'.

Apparently Saudi Arabia is currently in a 'Japan boom', due to a TV programme displaying the various acts of Japanese manners/customs - such as bowing, cleaning, manners when crossing the road, taxi's with automatic doors, etc. Due to the popularity of this programme, some schools in Saudia Arabia have apparently started a 'cleaning time' similar to that of Japan.

I think the UK should too. I don't know about schools now, but when I was at school I never once cleaned. The common opinion was - "Why should I clean? Thats what cleaners are for..." Other times, when students dropped litter or made a mess, they would say "I'm making sure the Cleaner keeps their job. If I'm too clean, the Cleaner won't have anything to do and will be sacked." These opinions don't stop at schools, I heard the same remarks in the workplace too. These remarks might be primarily for other people's benefit, and they themselves might not fully agree with what they are saying, but all the same....

In the UK, I feel Cleaners are looked down on. At school, the teachers used to try and make us listen in class by threatening "If you don't listen, you won't pass your exams and you won't get a good job. Do you want to end up as a Road Sweeper?" As if being a Road Sweeper was the lowest type of job possible. It might not be the best paid job in the world, but I'm sure there are lower jobs available... Prostitution anyone?

If the UK introduced 'Cleaning Time' to the UK, I believe it could change things for the better. OK, Cleaning Time in Japan isn't as magnificient as the TV programme likes to make out - not all students 'clean'... I often see students playing air guitar with the broom, playing catch with a dustcloth, having a chat over a dustpan and brush etc. But some students do clean. And even if they don't, its still a way of teaching kids to look after their surroundings - because nobody else is going to do it for you*.

Today, I feel there are lots of people in the UK who don't take responsibility for their own actions and expect someone else to come and clear it up for them. Maybe if they knew they had to 'clean' up after themselves they would start to take responsibility.

Drop litter if you want. You'll only have to pick it up.

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Maybe it might help if teachers in the UK were actually given more respect and power first though... .>_<



*Lets keep the fact that the teachers clean the school after the children quiet for now....

2 件のコメント:

Koji さんのコメント...

I have heard the logic "throwing litters on the street is making cleaner's wage";(( Of course, not in Japan.
prostitute ...yes. very risky for big money quickly. the worst element is that they can't really love and trust the man any more. faces of men look Fukuzawa yukichi (¥10000) in her eyes. even if she quitted the business and time passed.

anyway, I guess japanese ppl's "clean up by myself" is related to folkloristics... from Shintoism and Buddhism.

karekora さんのコメント...

>>anyway, I guess japanese ppl's "clean up by myself" is related to folkloristics... from Shintoism and Buddhism.

Maybe...
I like it.