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Japanese Lessons

Thoughts of the week

“Japanese lessons”


We were fortunate to go Japan for the first time to provide sport science support for a rugby tour of 50 young 16-18 year old athletes. After just 1 week of being here the culture we were surrounded by was overwhelmingly fascinating. Here are the most important lessons we witnessed…

  • Respect
    • Manners and being curtious is very apparent everywhere you go. People are polite to everyone and politeness to stranger, from or family happens without a second thought
  • Trust
    • If you loose something in Japan it’s very likely you will find it again. People either leave things where they are if it does not belong to them or it will be put in the Koban or local police box. Things are rarely stolen or locked up!
  • Discreetness
    • In quiet environments like the bus or train, phones are seldom used and put on silent so not to disturb the people around you.
  • Patience
    • You will often find orderly uniform queues in places like the bank, post office or restaurants. People don’t push in and proactively help the person in front of them.
  • Sharing
    • If you find yourself in a public place needing the loo it is common practice to freely use the nearest one too you, whether that be in a shop or a restaurant. There is no charge or disapproving looks from anyone.
  • Rubbish
    • There are very same amounts bins in public places. This is because people are expected to take their own rubbish home and dispose of it theirselves. Leaving litter around is unacceptable practice.
  • Sleeping
    • You often see people asleep at their desks, in shops or other public areas. These unintentional naps are usually because people are working so hard at something, or extremely long hours, they just can not keep their eyes open. Others leave them be and bosses widely accept this to allow the person to recharge, reset and carry on.
  • Shoes
    • In many places, mainly houses & restaurants, it is expected that you take your shoes off before entering. This is mainly to stop the floor getting dirty but also a sign of respect. Slippers are often provided if you need to use the bathroom.

People of all ages, professions and countries, could learn many things from Japanese culture. They have got the balance right and make their country a beautiful place to be. Adopting just one of these lessons could help improve your home, work or training environment for the better…

Exercise of the week

Dynamic | Preparation | Sequence | Mobility | Hip flow

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Recipe of the week

Most popular Japanese dishes


  •  Sushi
    • Fishes, vegetables or nori served w. rice (seasoned with rice vinegar) 
    • Most popular types are nifiri, maki, oshi, temaki
  • Sashimi
    • Raw fish served w. wasabi (spicy condiment)
  • Ramen
    • Wheat noodles served in sauce sauce or miso soup
    • Usually includes pork, onion, seaweed & egg
  • Tempura
    • Lightly fried seafood, vegetables & chicken
    • Served with a light sauce consisting soy, ginger, sugar, radish & spices
    • Traditionally served in bitesize pieces
  • Kare raisu (rice w. curry)
    • Made w. a variety of meats that include chicken, pork, beef & duck
    • The sauce includes a combination of vegetables, onions, carrots & sweet potatoes
  • Okonomuyaki
    • Green onion, beef, shrimp, squid, vegetables , mocha or cheese mixed w. flour, yam & egg
  • Shabu shabu
    • Japanese hot pot of soft meats of seafood
    • Sides of vegetables, tofu & noodles
    • Once cooked it is usually dipped into sesame sauce & served wi. rice on the side
  • Miso soup
    • One of the most common side dishes
    • Made from miso paste (fermented soybeans) & dash (consomme)
    • Includes pieces various of tofu, onion, seaweed, potatoes, carrots & radish
    • Usually served w. rice
  • Yakitori
    • Japanese brochette of pork, beef or fish & mixed vegetables cooked on a grill
    • Served w. teriyaki sauce
  • Oniogiri
    • Seasoned rice balls filled w. chicken, fish, pork, vegetables, seaweed, egg or beans
  • Udon
    • Thick noodles made form wheat flour
    • Usually served in consomme w. soy sauce & mirin
    • Often comes w. negi (onion)
    • Shape & size depends on the prefecture you’re in
    • Served hot & cold
  • Soba
    • Made from buckwheat flour
    • Usually thin & served as a side dish like tempura
  • Gyudon
    • Bowl of rice w. beef on top, seasoned w. different spices
    • Served very fast in most restaurants
  • Japanese BBQ
    • Vegetables include lettuce/cabbage, carrots, green peppers, marrow & white onion
    • Meat include chicken thighs, small sausages, bacon & grill steaks
    • Served with regular or chilli soy sauce
  • Green tea
    • Japans most famous drink
    • Often served in a powdered match food in order to consume the nutrients from the ground up leaves

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Training song of the week

Do you know me – Vant

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