When we enter other languages and their words, we discover the way in which other cultures organize their world, their perception of life and even their personal universe.
Japanese culture is characterized by having terms that encompass a series of ideas with which a Westerner will always feel surprised, attracted and even captivated.
They invite us to a deep reflection and, above all, to incorporate certain concepts that, in themselves, are ideal to favor changes, to grow personally, to take on other perspectives and, above all, to enrich ourselves culturally and psychologically.
Today in our space we invite you to it. We are sure that you will find it interesting as well as curious.
1. Ikigai , our reason for existing
We should all have our own ikigai. A motive, a purpose, an illusion or a vital objective that gives us strength and energy every morning to start the day.
- For the Japanese, it is important that each person has his ikigai, that reason to exist.
However, as we know, not all have discovered it yet. That is why we spend many seasons as lost, without a direction and a motivation that leads us towards a real and tangible happiness.
A concept, no doubt, interesting in which we should think.
2. Kintsukuroi, repair our wounds in gold
The philosophy of kintsukuroi has much to do with resilience, with that delicate and precise art through which we can repair our wounds to rise as stronger, more worthy, more beautiful beings.
- In Japanese culture, the kintsukuroi refers to a technique that aims to repair broken porcelain pieces.
- Before discarding them, artists join those pieces with a putty containing gold dust.
- The cracks are visible, because these veins demonstrate strength and a unique object that tells its own story.
3. Aware, or the sadness of transience
Life runs fast, does not wait for anyone, it is fleeting, intense and implacable instants. The love sometimes end, friendships expire, so we just looked sure before finalizing, forcing us to start from scratch.
In all these processes is the ” aware”, one of the most transcendent words of the Japanese language.
With it, this sadness is transmitted to the transience of things but, at the same time, the need to continue advancing , closing stages to initiate new ones.
4. Majime, the person who knows how to be responsible
In Japanese, “majime” literally means serious person.
However, rather than understanding it as the classic profile, which is not very spontaneous, closed, and with an imposing or sullen appearance, it refers above all to a reliable character.
It is about someone we can support, because they are very responsible people, who do not judge or make dramas of anything or anyone.
5. Nankurunaisa, one of the most beautiful words
Nankurunaisa is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful words of ancient Japanese.
It refers to that classic idea within motivational psychology, personal growth and even spirituality where we are urged to trust in the future .
We have all gone through those times when, in the midst of adversity, the only option we have left is to trust.
Thus, we must understand that the passage of time, together with our will to action and our spirit, will make everything be arranged, that everything will heal and that the opportunities that we hope will happen again on our horizon.
6. Gaman, withstand the difficulties with dignity
Gaman is another of these terms that are directly linked to the roots of Buddhism and that offer us an exquisite philosophy in which to reflect to see life in another way.
This word actually collects several ideas:
- Self-control capacity
- Need to have patience.
- Resistance to endure those times so hard and complex.
- Need to be resilient, to combine dignity and strength.
- Ability to excel and try to do something every day to feel a little better.
In turn, “gaman” integrates an equally important and valuable idea: do not neglect others.
We should not be burdensome or uncomfortable, but stand up as understanding people who, even in the midst of our problems, manage to take into account those around us.
7. Wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection
Wabi-sabi is another equally interesting term that delves first and foremost into aesthetics, art and nature. However, we can apply it to our personal reality and everyday psychology without problems.
- It refers to the beauty that exists in those things that, in appearance, seem imperfect.
In turn, it conveys the idea that what is truly beautiful is that which is simpler, more elementary and pure, regardless of small flaws or imperfections.
- Something like this we can apply, no doubt, to our daily lives to correct that common obsession of idealizing beauty, of seeking perfection in our lives, in our bodies or even in our relationships.
Let us accept that we are fallible and beautifully imperfect. Learn to apply these simple but interesting ideas of Japanese culture in our day to day.