I have been wanting to write a series of articles about my feelings about Japan, the journey that I have been through, the growth I have experienced and the paths that I will be led to, for a very long time.
As a girl who was born and grew up in Shanghai, having lived in New York for over 10 years, and now working for the largest bank in Japan, I have seen and experienced a mini global world value system inside myself gradually forming.
Many people understood and appreciated the advantageous parts of American culture, but on the hand, I think Japanese culture has been under-rated, or to say the least, over-simplified therefore misunderstood.
The culture by-products such as food, tourism, music, movies, on the other hand, have been globalized… but i think the value of those things do not reflect even 1 tenth of the beauty of Japan. The value of these byproducts are dampened by way too many times.
It’s not surprising because Japanese tend to express things implicitly. They are too modest to pass along their beliefs directly through words themselves. (Come on, for a nation of people who wouldn’t even use the word “No” in daily conversation, do you think it’s possible for them to preach their values and enforce on others? Few people who have traveled to the country not like it.
This series about Japan is based on my own journey of discovering the beauty of Japanese mindset.
Culture and values shape all aspects of human interaction. In fact many conflicts that i have seen in life could be addressed and solved through the understanding of cross culture perspectives.
Last but not least, even if you don’t care about Japan, I truly believe from the bottom of my heart, implementing these values from Japanese traditional philosophy would increase happiness of one’s own, make people’s relationship with each other more harmonious – living better spiritually, as well as life quality - slowing down, and being present to enjoy every aspect of anything at the moment, experience and enjoy things like drinking a cup of green tea peacefully at ease.