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Household chores in Japan

There was a survey by the Nippon.com site which showed that Japanese wives do seven times more housework than their husbands. The imbalance is even true when both partners are working.

In this blog by a Japanese homemaker and language teacher Chiharu Takase, she points out her household chores likes and dislikes.

It is an amusing blog for Japanese language learners that takes a funny look at doing housework in Japan.

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Not good at housework, Disliking housework


By TAKASE Chiharu







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Not good at housework, Disliking housework

We have to do housework daily for everyday life but which chores are you good at doing and which ones are you not very good at? Today I think I’d like to write about everyday housework.

I quite like cleaning. Vacuuming or mopping a floor takes just a little energy. And I think I can manage the family’s finances quite smoothly. My personality is the type that finds calculating the household economies and putting them into a notebook the least bothersome.

And then, I also hate hanging up the washing, so I use a clothes dryer. And even after I’ve had machines do the job that far for me, I don’t get around to folding the washing and putting it away into the closet. Which is why the laundry room never gets clean. But one strange thing is that I can only keep concentrating on a chore that I don’t like for 10 minutes. So I fold the clothes for 5 minutes, then I do something completely different to change my feeling, then I put some clothes away in the closet for 5 minutes, and keep repeating that, and eventually the washing gets cleaned up.

When I come to think of it like this, I realized that I end up spending a lot of money on performing chores that I don’t like. I think that I make an effort to continue in my own way … - do you have any household chores that you are not good at or any chores that you dislike?

家計(かけい):household economy; family finances;

献立(こんだて):menu; bill of fare

負担(ふたん):burden; load; responsibility

フル活用(かつよう):full use; extensive use; complete utilization


畳(たた)む←畳(たた)んだ:to fold (clothes, umbrella)

こなす:to finish; to complete; to manage; to perform

Konnichi-wa, everybody. Hajimemashite. My name is Chiharu Takase.
I was born in the spring, that's why my parents decided to include the the Kanji for spring (haru) in my name. My hometown is in Yamaguchi prefecture on the western coast of Honshu, but now I live in Kyoto, one of Japan's early capital cities. I'm married with one son, and my hobby is the Japanese tea ceremony.

Learning a new language, including Japanese, can be tough at first, but once you start comprehending the patterns and rhythm, you'll find that there is nothing more interesting. Do what you can, when you can, and enjoy the challenge. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in our online Japanese classroom. Let's spend an enjoyable 50 minutes together. Dozo yoroshiku onegai-shimasu.

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  • wideocean says #
    Hello Takase-san, The translation of the 'making dinner' paragraph is missing in the English Translation.