#BREAKinJAPAN

#BREAKinJAPAN part 1: 24/7 JAPAN vs 24/7 EUROPE

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In the Netherlands we work 8hours, rush hour is between 5 and 6 pm because everyone wants to get home for dinner which is around6 pm. (in the Netherlands dinner is really early)

Back home I arrive around 7pm at the practice spot. I will practice 2 to 3 hours. It almost never happens that I return home later than 11pm. Once at home I will eat something, take a shower and look up some random unproductive stuff on the internet before I go to sleep.

In Japan though, they have a different time schedule. Work-life is different.  You spend around 10-12 hours a day at the office, 5 to 6 days a week. It is really difficult to take days off. Spending 3 weeks for summer holiday with the family is pretty much impossible. The work culture is changing right now, but working overtime and not getting paid for the extra hours used to be normal.

Back to the practice schedule. Practice in Japan starts between 21 and 22 pm and will take as long as one can take the last train back. Usually people leave the training spot around midnight.

Most of the dancers will practice straight after work and therefore won’t have time to eat properly. So once arrived at home you will first eat something before having a bath and going to bed. bathThe bath culture is quite something in japan. Most people take a bath every evening. My grandma says it takes away the tiredness in your body and you can sleep way better if your body is clean from all the dirt which has accumulated on your body during the day.
A warm bath makes muscles flexible and you can do some good stretching before going to sleep on a futon(a Japanese mattress – quit hard)

I guess a regular evening for a bboy/bgirl in Japan looks like this: (how I experienced it in Tokyo and Osaka)

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The next morning starts around 7am. If you think about it, these people sleep 5,5 hours… Instead of our 7-8 hours a night. I think I might have found the reason why Japanese people don’t grow as much…

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next #breakinjapan: crazy “allnighters” – crewtraining in Japan