typical Japanese

Hello, this is Hisashibiri. Today is December 31st, which is New Year’s Eve 2023. I’m Japanese, but there are some Japanese customs that I just can’t get used to. One of them was that at the end of the year, all Japanese people do a lot of cleaning. They cleaned the inside of their house to make it shine without a single speck of dust. lol

When I was a child, my parents used to clean the house from top to bottom in preparation for the New Year, even though they had a lot of fights. Even though it’s this cold winter season, they don’t even turn on the stove and are raging the hallways and rooms. As a child, I had no choice but to do what they told me. LOL There is no such absurdity in the world! That’s what I thought as a child.

I wish we could stop this custom! I still think about this even now as an adult. So I asked Chat GPT if the custom of year-end cleaning exists in other countries and regions other than Japan, and I was told that it seems to be the case in China, South Korea, and Iran, and that it also exists in Jewish tradition. I was somewhat convinced that it wasn’t something only found in Japan.

However, year-end cleaning is still a pain for me and I don’t want to do it. It’s just that my family looks at me with disdain. LOL When I went out without cleaning or wrote a pointless blog like this, I would get some snarky comments like, “It’s the end of the year, so make sure to clean your room!” I won’t give in to this kind of peer pressure unique to Japan! I find myself rebelling against my family every year.

Just because it’s the end of the year, why do I have to do a big cleaning? Where did the individual freedom of not having to clean go? Is there any point in cleaning even if you fight and ruin your mood? I’ll do as much cleaning as I want after New Year’s! I always make a promise in my heart every year, but in the end, on New Year’s Eve, I will take the initiative to grab a vacuum cleaner and clean every corner of the house.

I am a typical Japanese person. very loud laugh

Happy New Year everyone!

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