In 90% of school anime, it doesn't matter if it's ecchi or one shoujo, you will always find girls with very short skirts above the knee. Have you ever wondered why? Do schools in Japan really do girls wear short skirts like that?
Do Japanese uniforms change a lot from one region to another? What are the rules related to school uniforms? In this article, we will see curiosities related to Japanese uniforms and the high school skirt of Japan.
How is the Japanese School Uniform?
The Japanese uniform is called seifuku [制服], it is mandatory from the gym (chuugakou - 中学校) and draws a lot of attention in high school (koukou - 高校). Many of the Japanese uniforms are based on the sailors' uniforms.
For boys it is usually a simple social outfit with a suit or vest, for women it is something similar, but with the famous skirt that draws everyone's attention.
Uniforms have been in Japan for over 100 years, started with something formal like kimono, then moved on to military-style uniforms. Until around 1920 a women's school in Fukuoka started using a different model based on the British navy.
The famous pleated skirts, triangular collar and bow tie became a trend and a hallmark of many uniforms in Japan. Japanese schools are full of rules regarding uniforms.
Schools define the size, color and model of the clothes, going out of the standard goes against the school rules. Some schools even prohibit wearing blouses and accessories.
Are the skirt of Japanese uniforms short?
In most anime the girls have short skirts above the knee showing their thighs. The skirts are so short that it ends up being easy occasions where you can see your panties.
This is not just about anime, during my stay in Japan I realized that most of the schoolgirls were walking with very short skirts on trains and on the street, you could even see ...
Unlike what people might imagine, most schools have a skirt below the knee. What happens is that the Japanese themselves roll up the skirt in order to shorten it, for the same reasons that Western girls wear short clothes, for comfort, fashion and presentation.
Some schools are strict in this regard, they do not usually allow certain changes in uniform and even in appearance. So you will find students with short skirts most of the time outside of schools.
Some schools end up having or allowing skirts above the knee. Of course, many girls wear pantyhose and shorts under their skirts to avoid perverts. Unfortunately most girls don't care about perverts. It is common for a schoolgirl to sit in front of you on a train and spread her legs showing everything.
Differences in Japanese school clothes and skirts
Japanese skirts and uniforms were largely responsible for the street fashion that emerged in Japan in the 1980s. As a result, many schoolgirls end up being misinterpreted, especially by Westerners.
That's because some girls wear skirts so short that they awaken and spark the male imagination. Some girls do this in order to generate some income from (non-sexual) services called Enjo Kosai.
Among Japanese provinces, those known for having shorter uniforms are Niigata, which can reach up to 18 centimeters. Sendai, Mito and Tokyo are also very short. Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa the sizes of skirts are medium. And the longest ones are in Osaka and Kobe.
Skirts are so widespread in schools in Japan that even in winter the girls go from short skirts to school. Some are not stupid and wear thermal pants until the school entrance and then take them off.
Even though there are pantyhose, some prefer to use a short summer sock to present their legs. Despite the Japanese women's desire to wear short skirts, several campaigns and rules against modifying uniforms take place in Japan.
So, the fact that anime have several girls in short skirt is based on the reality of Japan. Of course, anime overdo the uniforms and make them super short in order to draw the attention of the male audience.
The uniform is just another click like the ones gigantic chest of Japanese women in anime. What do you think about Japanese uniforms? Do you think the salts are too short? Do you think you have a problem? We would like to hear your opinion in the comments and your sharing.