Short skirt in Japanese School Uniform

In 90% of school anime, it doesn't matter if it's ecchi or one shoujo, you always find girls with very short skirts above the knee. Have you ever wondered why? Do girls in schools in Japan really wear short skirts like that?

Do Japanese uniforms change a lot from one region to another? What are the rules regarding school uniforms? In this article we will see trivia related to Japanese uniforms and schoolgirl skirts in 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.

Japanese school uniform - are the skirts really short?

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?

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This is not just in anime, during my stay in Japan I noticed that most school girls were walking in very short skirts on trains and on the street, I could even see it…

Japanese school uniform - are the skirts really short?

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 about this issue, they do not usually allow certain changes in uniform and even in appearance. That's why you find students in 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 tights and shorts under their skirts to avoid perverts. Unfortunately some 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.

Japanese school uniform - are the skirts really short?

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 tights, some prefer to wear a short summer sock to show off their legs. Despite Japanese women's desire to wear short skirts, several campaigns and rules against changing uniforms take place in Japan.

Japanese school uniform - are the skirts really short?

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 there is a problem? We'd love to hear your feedback in the comments and share.

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