Majime - The care and composure of the Japanese


There is a Japanese word called Majime [真面目] that shows how the Japanese take the rules seriously and are careful when doing things, always without stressing or planting a shack. In this article, we are going to talk a little bit about that word and the attitude involved in it. 

Majime is commonly written in hiragana and means serious, honest, stable and refers to people who do everything according to the rules, even against their own will, being careful, polite, strict, punctual and discreet.  

Majime is originally written with the ideograms [真] of truth [面] of face, mask and features [目] eye, experience, care and favor. Thus indicating that it involves maintaining your composure despite difficulties or anger. 


Majime are those people who can do things without causing drama or losing their composure. As the ideograms spoke, even if it is wearing a figurative mask. Punctuality, obeying rules and not skipping lines are some examples. 

Majime - o cuidado e a compostura dos japoneses

Majime is the person who would never take advantage of something, even if it is not harmful. They are straight people who in the West would probably be called boring or cool, but in Japan it is something to be commended. 

While Majime seems like an unpleasant thing to most, trying to maintain your composure can help you have more discipline, willpower and focus when doing things. In addition, Majime will help you live well in Japanese society and don't stress with unnecessary things.

How is the word Majime used? 

That word is often used as a compliment, a positive word. Teachers, parents and senpais usually praise the composure and education shown in different situations. The student's or child's progress in life can result in this praise. 

Majime - o cuidado e a compostura dos japoneses

There are also situations where Majime is used negatively. In lectures it can be used with a sarcastic tone, parents often say this to lazy children, so it requires care when using the word in certain situations to not be calling anyone boring. 

There are related words that I would like to quote as in the case of smoke [不真面目] which is the exact opposite and means insincerity, something unstable and frivolous. Where the ideogram [不] means something negative, bad, ugly and awkward. 

Majime - o cuidado e a compostura dos japoneses

There is also a Japanese word that is written using the same majime ideograms but is pronounced shinmenmoku [真面目] and means your true character, true self and seriousness. These are very similar words. 

Majime's big problem

Majime is one of the main reasons why Japan is what it is today! A safe country, without worries and with total harmony between groups, all because these people focus on following the rules instead of their own interests.

Unfortunately Majime is not 100% and can cause problems. Even though the Japanese are famous for their creativity, Majime makes many Japanese to be robots that don't think or have their own ideas.

Majime - o cuidado e a compostura dos japoneses

I remember when the signal fell on the train line, it was more than 2 hours to remove a simple signal that didn't even seem heavy, all because the team that was out there stopped to act waiting for orders. Nobody could take the lead because of Majime. 

These people end up being afraid to make decisions, start new things or create ideas. Even if they do, they end up suppressing these feelings and are stressed all the time. Some even become criminals, perverts or commit suicide. It is not right to hide feelings, they can overflow and leak.

Majime - o cuidado e a compostura dos japoneses

Brazilians are famous for inventing and having ideas that solve problems or make things more practical and easy, but there is also a little lack of order, which results in countless problems in Brazilian society. That's why everyone needs to know Majime, but they don't need to become robots. 


I hope this article has helped you to understand the concept of Majime a little. What do you think of this subject? Do you think it is harmful or good? We hope you will share this article with more people and leave your comments. 

This is something great and necessary in the world, but as always everything has pros and cons, not to mention that all the excess is bad. 

Kevin Henrique