Moral Education in JIS

Writing the purpose, content and method of moral education at the Japanese International School will take a lot of time for the reader, as on the school website there are many articles on the subject, such as: Japanese Education, Japanese Parenting, Differences in Educational Programs in Vietnam and Japan, …. The purpose of moral education in classes of Japanese Primary schools is similar to that of Vietnam, including teaching about feeling and judgment, development of personality and creative attitude, civilization in life, … At the junior level, topics are expanded and enhanced to suit the psychological development of students, such as how to respond to criticism, understanding and respect for the sex, respecting the truth … In human morality, there are visible and invisible manifestations. Many parents pay close attention to visible behaviors to assess the progress of their children. However, the unseen, unrecognized content is very important, which often has the effect of controlling visible behaviors, although it is not easy to educate and form. Therefore, we would like to draw your attention to this content, with the expectation of receiving your parents' companionship, because in order to do well moral education, there is a need for consensus on perception, exchange and associationbetween school and family. 

 “Cohesion in the family” and “Attention to others” are two characteristics that we – Japanese people sympathize with the Vietnamese. It may be that the two countries have different levels of development but have the same religion as Buddhism, the same belief that makes us feel very close. When it comes to "cohesion in the family," we find that the attitude of respecting the Vietnamese family is more than that of the Japanese, the most obvious manifestation is the gathering, reunion of relatives in the family, relatives in the holidays, typical Lunar New Year.

The Japanese International School is teaching students how the two beautiful moral How about two beautiful moral expressions.

1. “Cohesion in the family”

In Japan, after the Second World War, from the point of view of poverty and ruin, it was possible to see groups of people flocking to Tokyo and Osaka to seek employment opportunities and the young generation has strived to achieve high academic achievement in order to gain the best in job opportunities. Due to extraordinary efforts, Japan soon gained high economic growth and formed a Tokyo as today.

An indispensable consequence of modern society is the change of the family, which is mainly the family of two generations: parents – children.

Of course, the family tradition is maintained, in which the housewife in the family is the mother – focusing mainly on parenting and housework, though, there are many families in which both parents have to go to work.

Although the view is that the father must work hard to ensure that the family's life is ot like before, and children have to study more and more, after-school, there are more lessons or club activities, but one thing does not change is that the mother is still trying to create a time fund so that parents can talk to their children. The mother tries to get up early to prepare breakfast, during which time the mother tries to make time for family members to share common family problems and lets the father know about the changes in his children's thinking even though this time is only 30 minutes.

All of us, Japanese teachers are aware that in order to develop fully, children can not lack the breakfast prepared by the mother and the exchange between members of the family. Hope the parents of Japanese International School students do not miss such opportunities to regularly strengthen the bond between parents and children.

We, the Japanese, do not deny the culture and customs of Vietnam, However, we wish that if you truly think about the physical and mental development of your children – who will build a beautiful society for your future, try to create a dialogue between parent and child even for a short period of time to pay attention to the changes, growth, even the least of your children.

I would like to introduce another story that is becoming a hot topic today.


This is the text of an elementary school student from Singapore.

“My wish is to become a smartphone. The reason is that my mom and dad love smartphones. My father and mother just look at this phone and sometimes forget me.

Back home with a tired mood after work, my dad spent most of his time on the smartphone, not for me. My father and mother are doing something important, and the phone just rings and they pick up the phone immediately. But even when I cry, my parents do not behave like that.

My parents do not play with me but use smartphones to play games. When my parents are talking to someone on the phone, even if I want to say something, they will not listen to me.

That's why I want to become a smartphone.”

Even though we may not pay attention to ourselves, Children really carefully observe their parents.

“Through this story, we will have to really pay attention to how to use the cell phone so that children do not have the wrong idea that “Maybe I'm not loved by parents like the cell phone”.

2.Attention to others (Omotenashi)

Japanese people feel very comfortable in contact with Vietnamese people, which clearly shows the relationship between people and people. Vietnamese people are very friendly, when other people encounter difficulties, they are interested in finding solutions, helping, considering as their own..

I would like to introduce the meaning of the Japanese word "Omotenashi".



The word "Omotenashi" here is the word "entertain" in the "entertaining guest". The origin of the word "Omotenashi" is derived from "to come to the end by using a certain method", to refer to the entertaining, preferential treatment to customer. “Certain method" refers to an object that can be seen with the eye, and the phenomenon is not visible to the eye (meaning mental).

② “Honestly” (There is no other side in the heart)

This is also an expression for "Omotenashi", which is to receive guests from the heart (not false).

These two combinations become the origin of the word "Omotenashi".

The highlight of "Omotenashi”

①:Pay attention to the things beyond the thought of the partner.

People need to know the difference between "Omotenashi" and "service"

Services are things like: The staff at the hotel brings hand towels or prepares blankets for customers.

 People will call "Omotenashi" when handing the towel to the customer, the waiter will say to the customer, "You work so hard today!"or the hotel put a card with the words "Have a good night" right next to the blanket pread out.

This means that the actions in expectations of customers are just "services", the interest, sharing beyond the expectations of the customer are "Omotenashi”.

"Omotenashi" comes from the fact that we really think about other people. To think of customers and serve customers with the highest quality as the Vietnamese often say "Customer is God".

②: No request the response

Overseas, when served, such as in hotels, restaurants, etc., usually will pay "tip". "Tip" fee is paid as a bonus to employees who have served guests (though voluntarily). In Japan, how does this show? From high-end restaurants, hotels to convenience stores, despite the difference in level, all the staffs are very polite and free of charge for all guests without tip fee.

They do not require guests to respond to themselves, respect the customer and entertain politely as good points of Japanese people and we can say that this is really "Omotenashi"

Omotenashi is not limited to trade. Even in daily life, not demanding response, respecting for partners and entertaining politely is “Omotenashi".

③:Create "time to think"

We all know what is called "Omotenashi". But can not have the attitude "Omotenashi" "immediately". Before you can do it, let's start from the practice …

In order to think of a partner, we need to be open in our hearts. Most of the people who are busy with their work do not have enough time to think about it.

Let's start by beautifying our soul so that we can entertain our partners from the bottom of our heart in many ways, such as reading a lot of books, going to art museums to observe, reflect ….

  • Maintaining the culture of our people in the age of globalization

 Nowadays, in the age of globalization, as the cultures of countries are constantly merging and intertwining, it is time to take off to the world on behalf of "messengers of the culture of our nation". And every day we must learn to practice to be able to act as Japanese or Vietnamese people, "Omotenashi" is admired by the world.

Here are the points to enhance the ability of "Omotenashi”

  1. Often people want to look forward to the positive things, desire to show courage, health, comfort, peace, fun … Therefore, the followers of "Omotenashi" must be those who strive to be able to become active people.

2)As for that "I can Omotenashi! I do good!" then pay attention to yourself. You know "Omotenashi" if they know the partner, the way to behave will be very different.

3)Restricting stress

1.  Living in moderation

2.  Eating in balanced mode

3.  Moving accordingly

4.  Do not make the body cold

5.  Often smile

Source: "Omotenashi habit to make 100% success" (by Furukawa Tomoko, General Ordinance Publisher)

 JIS teachers aim at one thing: each person needs a strong and enduring effort so that students can recognize these two beautiful moral manifestations. Through our own experiences, we step by step, step by step, find a way to suit each child and help them develop..


                                                               Author: Igarashi Itaru


When faced with difficulties, we often have a way of looking at things pessimistically, many people lose peace in their minds, often fretty, angry things are not satisfactory.

To get peace of mind, the best thing is to take a laugh. When we laugh, we will feel very comfortable, laughter will bring peace to our soul, even if we laugh a lot, we will feel good.

This is because when we laugh, we will be free from prejudices, from which we can see things in a variety of ways. When we laugh, we will no longer think of unnecessary things. Smile helps to make our soul richer.

Smile also makes our heart stronger. Our clear and comfortable mind will come to our partners, making the human relationship with people more open..

The smile will come naturally when we are happy, but the time when we are in a difficult situation that makes us unhappy is the time we need a smile. To do so, first, let try to take a deep breath!