Explains the three benefits of team building activities!

We want to promote efficient team building.

Are there any activities that would be optimal?

You can’t have good team building if you are still having problems.

However, incorporating activities into team building with the goal of maximizing results is an efficient way to proceed.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of incorporating activities and the activities that Motenas Japan recommends, while touching on the content of team building.

Please read to the end to learn more about team building and activities.

What is Team Building?

What does team building entail?

In general, team building is broadly defined as building a team, but it is also defined as using each person’s existing abilities and experience to help the team achieve its goals.

At the same time, activities for effective team building are also considered part of team building.

What kind of team building activities should be conducted when the main goal is to maximize team performance?In the following section, we will discuss the benefits of team building activities.

3 Benefits of Team Building Activities

There are several advantages to using activities in team building. Activities can help teams bond, learn new aspects of team members, and gain a deeper understanding of their counterparts. Here we discuss three of these benefits.

We are all in this together.
…be proactive.
… easy to remember


Introducing activities as part of a team-building process can unite team members. The main goal of team building is to maximize results, but to do so, the entire team must be united in working toward a goal.

Activities can play a major role in bringing everyone together and keeping everyone on the same page. For example, if each team plays a game as an activity, “winning the game” becomes the team’s objective. If each member of the team exerts himself/herself to achieve this goal, team building will move in the right direction.

Engaging in activities improves the sense of unity of the team and the company as a whole.

be proactive

When working on an activity, each member takes the initiative.

This is also similar to being united, but by thinking, “What can I do to achieve my goal (winning the game)? By thinking “What can I do to achieve the goal (to win the game)?

If the goal is to “maximize sales,” then the question becomes, “What can I do to help? If your goal is to maximize sales, you will think about what you can do and act accordingly. If you have sales experience, you will be able to find suitable sales contacts, and if you are good at IT, you will be able to play a role in improving business efficiency.

By fully utilizing each person’s experience and skills in the business, we can move closer to our goal of maximizing sales. Incorporating activities as part of the team-building process can help members take more initiative.



Incorporating activities into team building has the advantage of making it easier for members to remember.

In general, people’s memories are more likely to be retained when they are moved by emotions such as happy, joyful, or sad. Activities that move the head and body engage the full range of the senses, which can be emotionally stimulating and help people retain memories more easily.

It would be pointless to spend all that time working on an activity only to forget about it. If the activities are memorable, participants will be able to apply what they have learned to their own careers and future work.

Remember that activities also have the advantage of being memorable.


Characteristics of activities using traditional culture

Motenas Japan proposes activities using traditional Japanese culture as part of team building activities. The following is an explanation of the features of incorporating traditional Japanese culture into activities.

Experience Japanese culture.
Increased knowledge
Learn more about Japan

Experience Japanese culture

Using traditional culture for team building provides an opportunity to experience Japanese culture. Many foreigners want to experience traditional culture when they come to Japan, including Kabuki viewing, flower arrangement, and tea ceremony.

Incorporating a traditional culture experience into the activities will be beneficial because it will be a team-building experience and a traditional culture experience.

For example, in kabuki appreciation, you can watch the kuma-ori being done or actually experience kabuki movements. Also, with taiko drumming, you can actually play the drums, which can lead to greater unity among the team. Activities using traditional culture can be a good opportunity to experience Japanese culture.

Increased knowledge

Experiencing traditional culture can increase one’s knowledge of that culture. Japanese culture is especially interesting to foreigners, and they will appreciate the knowledge they can accumulate.

For example, in a sake experience, before drinking the sake, a commentary is given to bring out the subtleties of taste. By listening to the explanation, you will be able to catch the taste more finely and increase your sense of taste. Using traditional culture as an activity is a great way to increase your knowledge about the experience.

Learn more about Japan

Activities will help you learn more about Japan.

If you actually experience traditional Japanese culture and learn about its origins, you will understand the history that has been created by our predecessors up to the present day.

For example, in the case of the tea ceremony, we will delve deeply into the history of tea, which was introduced from China. If you learn the spirit of wabicha (wabicha), or the art of tea ceremony, popularized by Sen no Rikyu in the Edo period (1603-1868), and the way of making tea without waste, you will gain a deeper understanding of Japan.

Foreigners tend to value the thoughts of their predecessors and history in particular, so experiencing the traditional culture that has been cultivated throughout history should be deeply meaningful to them.Through the activities, they will gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of Japan.

Team building recommended by Motenas Japan

Motenas Japan recommends adopting traditional Japanese culture for activities. We believe that by experiencing authentic traditional culture, members can learn new aspects of each other and reflect them in their practical work.

Here are some specific traditional cultures that are good for team building.

Flower arrangement
Tea ceremony
match that determines if a rikishi will have more wins than losses

flower arrangement

Wearing a kimono and arranging flowers in a Japanese-style room is a truly Japanese experience and a great way to experience history.

Ikebana arrangement differs from flower arrangement in other countries in that it is based on the concept of subtraction. In flower arrangement, the work is to fill in the empty space, but in flower arrangement, the flowers are subtracted from the created space to create a space and find beauty there.

When incorporated into an activity, you will not only get a glimpse of how a member arranges flowers and what kind of sensitivity he or she has, but you will also learn a new aspect of the person from the delicate way he or she handles flowers.I recommend flower arrangement as a traditional cultural activity that allows each individual to apply his or her knowledge, experience, and sensitivity toward the goal of “making flowers beautifully alive.

For more information on Kado, please refer to the article ” History of Kado|A Thorough Explanation of Over 500 Years of Profound History! for more information about the history of flower arrangement.

tea ceremony

Tea ceremony is another recommended activity.

The tea ceremony is a traditional culture that emphasizes the spirit of hospitality and was perfected into its present form by Sen no Rikyu. Learning the spirit of hospitality based on the Wabicha philosophy of eliminating waste will provide a special time to enjoy the beauty of lack.

Activities begin with learning various manners, but learning about each of these movements, tools, consideration for space, and the spirit of hospitality for guests should create new insights.

Many companies want their foreign employees in the service industry to understand Japanese hospitality, and they will be able to experience Japanese culture in depth because they will use all five senses to feel the hospitality that they could not learn in etiquette classes or in-house training alone.

The history of the tea ceremony is explained in detail in ” What is the History of the Tea Ce remony? Learn about the origins of Japan’s proud traditional culture of the tea ceremony ” for a detailed explanation.

sumo wrestling

Sumo wrestling can be a truly inspirational activity that is very Japanese. Sports activities are popular among companies, and are also enjoyed by non-Japanese participants.

Among these, sumo is popular for its uniquely Japanese style, as it involves movements not seen in other sports, such as tightening a loincloth and stepping on the four-legged stool.

First, participants learn the basics of sumo, including the basic movements of the yomata and how to perform a bout. The basic movements and the experience of a focused bout are popular with companies, as they can create something that will lead to business.

After the Sumo training, we will have a chanko-nabe party as well as a get-together. The vegetables and chicken stewed over a pot of hot water and served together with your friends will help develop communication.

Sumo wrestling is one of the most popular activities among foreigners.

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Japanese rice wine

Sake is one of the most recommended foods in Japanese food culture.

Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from rice through fermentation, and is popular as a delicious alcoholic beverage both in Japan and abroad.

In activities, start by accumulating knowledge so that you can catch the historical background and subtleties of taste.

Unlike wine or whiskey, sake is a very delicate alcoholic beverage in taste. It can be said to be characterized by its lack of uniformity, as the dry or sweet taste can be changed according to the brewery’s policy.

You can also add a game element, such as guessing the taste of the first sake out of three, to encourage foreigners to enjoy drinking the sake. You can also invite a sake taster to speak at the event as a lecturer, so you will be able to accumulate authentic sake knowledge.

Incorporating sake into activities is one of the recommended team building activities.


Karate, like sumo, is an activity that involves sports. Karate is another traditional culture that is useful for team building and is characterized by its high level of spirituality.

The practice is acquired through careful repetition of kata, but it also helps to cultivate the spirit of politeness, humility, and consideration for others, even in kumite, so that self-discipline can be pursued and spirituality can be enhanced.

In addition to kata and kumite, meditation is another good way to focus the mind. It is an act to unify the mind by quietly closing the eyes, breathing in through the nose, and breathing out slowly and in small bursts through the mouth.

Karate is an activity that not only trains movement, but also its mentality.


Among food cultures, training and team-building activities based on the theme of sushi, which has a strong Japanese flavor, are very popular among foreigners. Many foreigners want to try making sushi, the soul food of Japan, at least once during their visit to Japan.

If members who do not usually cook together make sushi with unfamiliar hands, it will naturally stimulate conversation and become one of the most enjoyable memories of the event.

Another advantage for the company is that the experience is not that long. In overseas training programs, where schedules are set in detail, it is not uncommon to have even the smallest of skimps on the schedule.

In this respect, the sushi experience is recommended for efficient training because it takes only a short time and the sushi can be eaten directly as lunch.

Why not incorporate sushi, the soul food of Japan, into your team-building activities?


In this article, we have described activities that are essential for team building.

Among the various activities available, Motenas Japan recommends team building using traditional culture.

In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, the experience itself will remain in their memories, and foreign visitors to Japan will enjoy engaging in the activities.In terms of team building, it will also provide an opportunity for members to bond with each other and discover new personalities and strengths.


Motenas Japan offers a service that allows foreigners visiting Japan for team building and training to experience the real Japan.

Since they are here in Japan, we want them to enjoy themselves more.

I want them to experience the hospitality and experience that is uniquely Japanese.

If this is the case, please contact Motenas Japan. Our professional concierge will listen to your needs and propose the best plan for you.


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