Hanasaku Iroha definitely belongs within my personal favorites. Not only because Ohana is such a formidable character, but also my fascination for the work ethics that come into play in Hanasaku Iroha.
Culture differences are always present at the office. Some countries are very loose in the way they communicate with their staff. Employees give it their all but still maintain that feeling of a family and informal communication. And on the far end of the spectrum, away from the informal office, is the heavy hierarchy system. The latter one, the most present in the Hanasaku Iroha series.
In the Kissuisō Inn everybody has their given roles and must dedicate their selves to fulfill the requirements that are part of the job. Mistakes are unforgivable and the employee must take the fall. And thank the chief of staff for the proper punishment of course.
Not every culture embraces this work ethic, you are a team and together work towards the best results. This is, as mentioned before, a cultural difference that knows many shapes.
The most honorable in the series, is the dedication to ones job. One goes to the fullest and will give it their all. Of course this has negative effects on someone’s health. Overworking and depression is notable in regions where this is most present. A company’s culture can have a great deal to do with this though. But the fact that one will not show their displeasure and will go on, is admirable. And unhealthy at the same time. Still one must not forget, this is a cultural difference and will always be biased when looking at it from the outside.
Ohana knows how to cope with the work pressure and turn it into something positive. Despite that, she remains a human being, with troubles and emotions to overcome. The strict job requirements make it possible for her to adapt to stressful situations. Unexpected events would be handled with care. Even in times of sickness, she would give it her all.
On the job there is of course time for informality and interaction with coworkers. Even office romance is not forgotten in the series. But the dedication to the job is always present. All these factors make this show such an amazing spectacle to watch, that I could recommend it to anybody.