2006/09/17

Respect for the Aged Day

In Japan, September 15 is "Respect for the Aged Day" (Keiro no Hi). The holiday is being celebrated on Monday the 18th this year, I suppose because Monday is a more convenient day to have off. On this day, Japan thanks everyone over the age of 70 for their contributions to society and wishes them a long life.

Japan has the longest life expectancy of any country, as well as the highest ratio of centegenarians with over 20,000 folks over 100 years of age. The quality of life index for older people is high too.

But I'm not posting this to talk about longevity or demographic trends. Rather, this is about the ancient - and really fundamental - social pillar that this day represents and which is being lost in many parts of the world: that we should respect our elders.

In honor of this day, I offer the following educational video in which an impatient yuppie (explicative deleted) is taught a lesson in respect for the aged.



Happy Respect for the Aged Day.

7 comments:

Robin said...

I do hope that the whole world had the same respect.

I was in Hiroshima, and the bus waited 20 mins for an elderly lady to cross the street and slowly get up to the bus, as the driver helped her. Such pleasant sight can only be seen in Japan.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Nice idea. We have a Seniors' Week each year - this year in October - because it clashed with the Commonwealth Games. Free transport, a few soppy concerts, lots of free swimming etc. A senior here is over 50 and gets discounts at the movies, etc. Wow - 20,000 people over 100 in Japan!
The age of the 'elderly' shifts quite a bit. When I read a story in the Fiji Times - 'an elderly man of 51...' I think - oh sobosobo, I am over the hill then at 68.
W.

agus said...

Heheh... cool video (i bet it's real). She may be old but she still has it.

FH2O said...

Educational indeed. The inescapable truth - we WILL all grow old one day. Spunky old lady! ;)

Pandabonium said...

Nice story Robin.

Wendy, you are only over the hill when you decide you are.

Agus. I don't know if it was staged, but I really like it anyway.

FH2O - exactly. Some day he will be the one crossing the street.

The Moody Minstrel said...

That woman deserves a round of applause.

Pandabonium said...

Or at least a round of applesauce.