Being 15 in Japan By: Morgan Kahea washburn

Being 15 in Japan is stressful and fascinating, because of the overwhelming pressure to succeed and the wonderfully unique culture and traditions.
There is an overlying tone in Japanese work and school, to work to your greatest extent. Often its not even the quality of work but the quantity finished.
Japan was once known for its brutally rigid curriculum, and though over the years it has become a more free thinking it still holds a rigid education system.
Not only this, but after teens finish school they can look forward to the incredibly long hours of work. Although males often work while the wife stays home, it can be said that both genders can log 60 hours of work a week. This is not an uncommon occurrence.
This had led to the rare but real incident of karoshi, Which is described as death from too much stress. Japan has the highest rate of karoshi because labor laws are not very assertive on how long someone can work for. only 20% of karoshi cases are women.
Confucianism also comes into play here. Its the philosophy that one must put the groups his/her own. This may be one of the other reasons so many in japan overwork themselves.
The Japanese work environment is stressful to even the most cool minded of people. So stressful in fact that it may result in death. It sounds like an incredibly uncomfortably work environment, staying up late working on a project. (Hey that's what I'm doing!). Luckily Japan is not just stress and work, its also....................
Beautiful! Wonderful! and full of unique and interesting traditions and holidays! That anyone can enjoy.
One is the coming of age day. where everyone who has turned 20 within that year now celebrate! this is the age in which you are legally allowed to vote, drink, and drive. Its the day you demonstrate you are a independent adult. The morning is spent in the streets where girls dressed in beautiful kimonos walk down the street and guys wear formal suits. Teens are interviewed by multiple radio stations, and afterwards people go out to drink and spend time with friends and family.
The coming of age is also called Sejin no Hi. Its celebrated the 8th of January, and has dated back as far as the 700s although its commonly accepted that it the more modern version began in 1600.
Next is the most important day of the year! New year or Oshogatsu. It happens on January 1st and is considered the biggest holiday of the year in japan.
On this day people visit shrines and make wishes to their dead. soon a great festival begins. there one may find all types of food, art, and souvenirs. After that great showers of color erupt in the sky as fireworks explode overhead. then a large parade moves through the streets, attracting the eye of all. Brilliant sculptures and costumes swiftly dance to the beat of drums. A joyous occasion indeed.
This is why japan is amazing. because of its flamboyant culture and traditions.
Although it has flaws. what country doe sent? Being 15 in japan would be a hardship, but not one without excitement. the stress can kill, but the beauty can astonish. The work is great, yet the payout is greater. Being 15 in japan is both stressful and fantastic. It is in fact this contrast that makes it such an interesting country.

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Created with images by DeltaWorks - "sunset shrine sea" • Yoshikazu TAKADA - "Sanja Matsuri" • dominick.chen - "the gang" • daveynin - "The Japanese Room" • mie.university - "DSC 0429" • darkwood67 - "heart" • shankar s. - "Dressed to kill- fresh graduates outside the Temple of Literature" • kevin dooley - "Osaka Japan" • Moyan_Brenn - "Japan" • sharonang - "lantern orange bright" • ImageDragon - "autumn leave japan nature" • Moyan_Brenn - "Japan"

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