Japan Children and Family

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Do all Japanese children play Nintendo?

Japan is the homeland of well-known companies such as Nintendo and Sony, which also develop many games for children, game consoles and more. Japanese children usually have to play on the computer, right? Yes, many actually do that, but on the other hand they often have to spend so much time in school that there isn’t that much left for such games. Nevertheless, a Japanese student sits at the computer for at least three hours a day. But even if the Japanese are very enthusiastic about technology, there are certainly Japanese parents who try to show their children other games or alternatives to computer games.


You surely know the films “Heidi” or “Maya the Bee” or the movie “The moving castle”. What do these films have in common? They all have their origins in Japan, because the art of animation is of great importance in Japan.

Japanese games

Many well-known old board games come from Japan such as Shogi, the Japanese form of chess. The Japanese also like to play the game Go. These games are very old. It has now been rediscovered and many play it with enthusiasm. You can find the rules for Go in our tips for participation.

Another popular board game from Japan is Mah Jongg. You can even play it alone. It is built from 136 or 144 tiles. The colors of the stones indicate their affiliation or “relationship” to other stones. Many Japanese board games are very sophisticated and sophisticated.


Perhaps you have already watched someone play chess or even played it yourself. Shogi is a Japanese game that is very similar to chess. The two players try to checkmate each other. The rules are not that simple, however, and it usually takes a while to get the hang of it.

Japanese leisure clubs – what is it?

In Japan it is common to spend your free time in clubs outside of school. Boys like to play baseball and now more and more soccer too. Judo – the popular Asian martial art – is practiced by boys and girls alike. Other martial arts are also popular. But there are also clubs that are dedicated to music or painting or that deal with tea ceremonies. Flower arranging can also be part of the leisure program of Japanese children.

What are mangas anyway?

You have probably read a manga yourself. This is a Japanese comic that is mostly drawn in black and white. The modern mangas originated in Japan in the period after 1945, i.e. after the Second World War. The heroes of the typical Japanese manga are as old as their readers. So the heroes of the Japanese manga are children and teenagers. The face and eyes are always most important in a manga character. The eyes show what a manga character is feeling. They are also the hardest to draw. If you look at a Japanese manga, you can see how most of the time the eyes are shiny. However, this is not an invention of the manga artist, but even earlier the eyes were “the feast of the soul”, which was also taken into account in the pictures of many painters.

Real manga only exist in Japan

New manga appear every week in Japan. The heroes are always the good guys, maybe not at the beginning, but at the end, and sometimes the bad guys turn out to be good too, while the American comic book heroes mostly don’t change. By the way, in Japan you read the comics from back to front. Meanwhile, the “term” manga “is also used for comics from other Asian countries such as China or Korea. Strictly speaking, the term” manga “actually only refers to the Japanese form of manga.

The cartoons called “Anime” are to be separated from this. That is then the moving form of the drawn comic. Well-known Japanese cartoons are for example “Princess Monoke”, “Spirited Away” or the famous film about the “Pokémons” that are so popular with us.

Work and family

Your parents also work a lot. But working hours in Japan are a lot longer than here. 15 hours a day are not uncommon. But how can such working hours be combined with a family? Imagine not seeing your parents anymore because they work all day! For more information about Japan and Asia, please visit thesciencetutor.

In Japan it is often the case that women stay at home after marriage and at the latest after the birth of their first child and take care of the household and child. The fathers are expected to keep working long hours. There is child care, but it is usually expensive and 15 hours, which would not be possible with us either. Of course there are also Japanese women who work outside the home, but most of them have no children.

An aging society

The result is that there is a lack of children in Japan, more than in many other countries in the world. One then says that a society is “aging”. This means that there are more old people than young people. But the Japanese are slowly becoming concerned about this development. Young Japanese want a good job AND a family. This is a desire they share with all young people in the world. But here Japanese politics is in demand and it is still very conservative and traditional.

And there are now more and more women in Japan who are back to work after having a child. However, mostly only when the child then goes to kindergarten. But in Japan mothers are responsible for their children for a long time, even until they graduate from university. And many children only become self-employed very late because they never learned to.

Upbringing in Japan

While we in Europe or in the West in general focus on our personal well-being, for the Japanese it is more important that everyone is well, the common good is decisive. And the children are already learning that. In this way, they learn early on that the individual has to submit. But Japanese parents scold their children much less. Small children are usually left to do their own thing. Nevertheless, they learn very early on how to deal with each other properly. Japanese children sit with their parents in restaurants or in the theater without complaining.

The company is like a family

Unlike ours, with the Japanese the company you work for is like a family. The Japanese do a lot for their company, which then protects them in return. In the past, many Japanese worked for “their company” all their lives, but that has changed today. Anyone who is terminated also loses their apartment. There are more and more young Japanese on the streets of Japan who spend the night in a café somewhere or live on the street. If you do not have a permanent place of residence, you will not find work and without work you will not find a permanent residence. Even in a rich country, not everyone is equally well off.

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