Have you ever wondered what a Japanese teenager's life is like? What is the difference between young Japanese or Westerners? In this article, we will try to compare the 2 lifestyles.
Try to consider that this issue is relative and does not represent all young people. We are fully aware that each human being is different from each other. So let's leave words in bold letters that strengthen that we are not referring to at all.
Japanese young teenagers are totally different from Westerners to the point of being unrecognizable. While some you must imagine that young Japanese people are mature people, they may be totally mistaken.
Some young people simply sleep, scream or get ready in the middle of the classroom, sometimes even more than in the west. They are young and do crazy things as in any country, despite having stark differences.
The behavior of Japanese vs Western youth
Western youth usually be disrespectful, rebellious and do what they want without thinking about the consequences. In Japanese culture, being rude or disrespectful it's something terrible and it has negative consequences for both young people and the whole family.
Western teenagers have a lot more freedom in their social life. The Japanese, on the other hand, cannot do anything wrong, as this damages their social life and even their life in the labor market.
It is obvious that exist rebellious young people who manage to do evil without being harmed. Many absurd things happen in the school life of Japanese teenagers like Ijime.
Some young Japanese people have enormous freedom and do what they want, being present at home only at night.
Japanese teenagers tend to be more childish than Westerners. They like cute things, anime, play games and have reactions not so common among western teenagers.
In Japan you are only considered an adult after the age of 20.
Some young Japanese people feel very uncomfortable when talking to adults. They are quiet listening and rarely speak. Probably to avoid doing something wrong, but among young people they open up.
Other curiosities about Japanese teenagers
In high school Japanese students tend to dedicate themselves heavily to studies to enter university and the labor market. At that time things are taken very seriously and his routine becomes totally focused on studies.
Japanese young people tend to study hard, but in their spare time they go out in groups to shop or go to karaoke. They usually enter into relationships only in high school.
Apparently Western teenagers seem to think they are superior to the rest, with a certain authority, thinking that they can do whatever they want. Japanese both young and adult usually to lower yourself before others as a sign of respect and humility.
The current modern Japanese culture is to be individual and to express yourself. This contradicts the traditional Japanese culture that greatly discourages individuality. This is one reason why we don't try to imagine that young Japanese people follow a pattern.
Even though many Japanese teenagers isolate themselves on the internet and social networks. In some cases, Westerners are spending more time talking on their cell phones than Japanese people who don't use Line how we use Whatsapp.
Although the Japanese have a reputation as a pervert. The morale of young Japanese people is very high compared to Westerners. Both in conversations with friends or in romantic life. We can see this in anime and manga where even a kiss takes place.
Final thoughts on Japanese and Western youth
Adolescents tend to have different sub-cultures. To finish below we will leave some articles that talk a little about these sub-cultures.
- Lolita - Getting to know the loli and their style
- Gyaru - Discover the independent style in Japan
- Bosozoku - Young Japanese Rebels
- Japanese Personalities - deredere + Character List
Of course, there are many other factors in Japanese culture that differentiate Japanese from Westerners. Things like education, respect, humility and positive characteristics are well exposed in Japanese society, whether some like it or not.
I personally prefer to live in a society full of rules, morals and forced education than to live in a country that preaches a false freedom of expression that is responsible for a lot of misfortune and lets evil run wild.
Japan offers many more healthy entertainment options for Japanese teenagers. Perhaps this is one of the key points of the Japanese that they are not so interested in things that are wrong and that harm others emotionally or physically.