10 Interesting Facts about Japanese Schools

Facts about Japanese Schools will inform you about the amazing education system such as the use of this ergonomic school furniture. In Japan, the academic year begins in April and ends in March. It is divided into 3 trimesters, including April 1-July 20, September 1-December 26, and January 7-March 25. Whereas for holiday, Japanase schools have summer holiday (6 week) and winter and spring (2 week).


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Here are ten interesting facts about Japanese schools.

Facts about Japanese Schools 1: The basic school system

Japanese students study in elementary school for six years, junior high school for three years, high school for three years, and in the university for four years. Although the compulsory education is only nine years (elementary school and junior high school).

Facts about Japanese Schools 2: School lunch

The students in Japan usually eat their lunch in the classroom together with the teacher. It aimed to build the
positive relationships between teacher and student. Besides, the school lunch in Japanese schools have to healthy food. That’s why qualified chefs and   nutrition specialists are needed at there.

Japanese school lunch
Japanese school lunch

Facts about Japanese Schools 3: The rules

Like the other countries, Japanese schools also have rules. Here are some examples of Japanese schools rules. First, students have to take off their shoes while entering the class and change into indoor shoes. Sedond, students cannot color their hair because Japanese schools only accept the student with a natural hair color. Besides, boy’s hair should be short. Third, polish nails, jewelry, and makeup are not allowed for girls in Japanase schools.

Facts about Japanese Schools 4: No Janitors

In our country, the schools usually have janitors. However, it is not happen in Japan. Most Japanese schools do not have janitors. That’s why the students have to clean the school everyday, including classrooms, toilets, and cafeterias. It aimed to make the students respect their own work and cooperation with others.

No Janitors
No Janitors

Facts about Japanese Schools 5: The major subjects

Math, Social Science, Music, Language, Craftsmanship, and Physical Education are the major subjects in Japanese schools. Additionally, Culture, Healthy Way of Life, Housekeeping, IT, Haiku and Calligraphy are also learned by Japanese kids.

Facts about Japanese Schools 6: No school buses

There is no school bus in Japan. That’s why students go to school by bicycle or on foot.

Facts about Japanese Schools 7: Japanese school holidays

Unlike the other countries, Japanese schools only have short holidays. Sometimes, students spent their holiday to go to school for extra lessons or club activities. Besides, they also have to do a lot of homework during summer holiday.

Facts about Japanese Schools 8: School uniform

As we know that school uniform is very important in Japanese school. Almost all junior high schools students have to wear a school uniform. The traditional uniform style of boy is military style whereas for gilrl is sailor style.

School uniform
School uniform

Facts about Japanese Schools 9: Japanese symbols

Actually, there are around 2500 symbols which are learned by Japanese kids. However, they also have to write in three different styles. They are proper Japanese hieroglyphic symbol, Japanese version of Chinese hieroglyphic symbols, and Latin symbols.

Facts about Japanese Schools 10: Traditional Japanese arts

Shodo and haiku belong to the traditional Japanese arts. Shodo is also known as calligraphy. It is a kind of dipping a brush in ink which is used to write kanji and kana in an artistic style. Whereas haiku is a poetry which consists of 17 syllables and also use simple expressions.


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