Legacy of Cleanliness in Japan
Cleanliness creates a fine vacuum cleaner!
Cleanly Japanese Wows the World
Many foreign tourists who visit Japan are surprised by the cleanliness of public parks, stations, and toilets. It is also said that the death toll from globally threatening infectious diseases like COVID-19 was low in Japan partly because of the cleanliness of its people. The truth is unclear, but Japanese people nationally value cleanliness for sure. The idea is like DNA deeply etched in Japanese religion and culture, and is reflected in many lifestyle aspects.
Taking shoes off to keep dirt outside
Students clean the classrooms
Daily bathing is usual in Japan
Filth Brings Curse
In Japan, people wash their hands before shrine visits. Before performing rituals such as "matsuri" (festivals), people perform "misogi”, washing off the dirt from the mind and body by going into the river or the sea. This dirt is called "kegare", and it is said to attract evil spirits causing illness and disaster. Like this, filth was considered a curse.
Zen Spirit: Cleaning for Enlightenment
Cleaning is also an important training in Zen temples in Japan. Cleaning does not only remove dirt from the house and garden, but also leads to polishing the mind beautifully. Cleaning everything – the space, the body and mind – is essential for training.
In temples, the cleaning tools are also used with care. They use every part of the rag so that it wears down evenly, and use the broom at various angles so that it lasts longer. When the rag gets dirty, it is used as a duster, and is not simply thrown away as garbage.
Spirits Dwells in Cleaning Tools
In Japan, the broom for cleaning has been worshiped as what God dwells in. It has been cherished as a sacred tool which does not only remove dust, but also the evil. There is also a legend that there is a beautiful goddess in the toilet, and those who clean the toilet will become beautiful and blessed with fortune.
Various Japanese Spaces: Doma, Tatami, Itanoma
In traditional Japanese houses, there are earthen “doma” areas, “zashiki” with tatami-mats, “itanoma” with wood floors, and “gardens”. Japanese people use cleaning tools of different materials and shapes according to each place.
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House Dust Sensor
Captures dirt in every corner
When the house dust sensor detects particles as small as approximately 20 μm, the indicator lights to let you know.
*The photo uses the MC-SB30J
The head reaches right up to walls to catch dust in every corner for thorough cleaning.
*The photo uses the MC-SB30J
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*The photo uses the MC-CL789
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