25 fun facts about Japanese schools to make you jealous


The Japanese are famous for their culture, education, honesty, security, technology and intelligence. Much of this is the result of good education in Japanese schools. The Japanese educational system is quite different and unique. Thinking about it, in this article we will see 25 curiosities about Japanese education to cause envy!

Like any country, the Japanese educational system has its flaws. Even so, Japan always disputes the top positions in the education ranking against Finland, Sweden and South Korea. There are thousands of curiosities about Japanese education, but in this article we will focus only on the good things to cause envy.

25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy

Curiosities about the school year in Japan

1 – The school year starts on 1st April. On April Fools day, the Japanese begin to study, where they are usually greeted with an entrance ceremony called nyuugakushiki. This is the most beautiful time to study, because the cherry trees are blooming and blooming. There is also a closing ceremony.

2 – The Japanese academic year has 3 quarters and holidays. In the end of December until January the Japanese have two weeks of vacation. In the end of March until April two more weeks of vacation and during July and August they have summer vacations that can reach 40 days. Not to mention the holidays and Golden Week.

25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy

3 – There are school events and festivals throughout the year. Japanese schools have their festival where the college is open to everyone and students prepare a type of fair and shows for visitors. There are also events called undokai where students compete with each other, in addition to other sports championships and theaters.

4 – School Tours and Camps. It is common for schools to organize excursions, picnics, camps and even international trips with students. Some excursions can be simple to a castle or park, others can be in the middle of the mountain with accommodation for several days.

25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy

Curiosities about Japanese classes

5 – Evidence is not the priority, without grades and disapproval. During primary schools, students do not receive a report card with grades, they receive a notice board called tsuuchihyou. In this table you can find various information about the student’s performance. During the year they are taught to be polite and manners. There is no disapproval, if the student has a bad performance, he is left with recovery.

6 – There are clubs and extra-curricular activitiesStudents are required to choose an extra-curricular subject at a club that is administered by the students themselves within the schools. These clubs include activities such as sports, music, art, culture, cuisine, computers and any creative idea with the school’s authorization.

25 fun facts about japanese schools to make you jealous

7 – A single exam determines the future of Japanese students. Upon entering high school, students need to take tests to determine which school they will study at, when going to college they need to do the same thing. Some even spend the entire third year preparing for this entrance exam.

8 – Duration of classes and breaks. Each class lasts an average of 45 to 50 minutes, including a short break. There are individual study classes, in which students are free to study alone. Students usually study in the same room.

25 fun facts about japanese schools to make you jealous

9 – Around April and May, teachers visit students’ homes. The goal is to get to know the parents, family environment and check possible problems that students face outside school. Parents also visit their children at school a few times a year.

Curiosities about students in Japanese schools

10 – Children go to school alone at 6 years of age. In addition to the security that the country offers, this is a way for children to gain responsibility and become independent.  They usually go in groups, with a yellow helmet to identify themselves and some streets are forbidden to drive in these hours.

25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy

11 – Basically they use a standard backpack, called Randoseru. Children wear this beautiful and powerful backpack during their early school years. They are expensive and can even be left from generation to generation. They are very resistant, practical and elegant.

12 – Students are responsible for cleaning the school. Students do cleaning tasks, some even serve meals and clean the outside area of the school or even the neighborhood.

25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy

13 – The uniform is mandatory in most schools. Each school has its mandatory uniform, they are usually of the sailor style. There are uniforms for winter, summer, gymnastics and swimming.

14 – Meals are served in the living room or brought from home. It all depends on the school and the school year, it is common to have a cafeteria in high school, but in other years students have lunch inside the classroom. Parents often prepare obentos (lunchboxes) with an artistic touch for their children.

25 fun facts about japanese schools to make you jealous

15 – Students formally greet their teachers. At the beginning and end of classes, a responsible student says kiritsu and makes the other students stand up and bow to the teacher as a sign of respect.

Other curiosities about Japanese education

  • 16 – Education in secondary schools and universities is always paid, even public ones have a fee.
  • 17 – All Japanese schools have lockers to put shoes on and enter appropriate shoes on site.
  • 18 – The main subjects in Japanese schools are: Mathematics, Language study, Social Sciences, Crafts, Music and Physical Education.
  • 19 – Compulsory education in Japan is 9 years old, although high school is not compulsory, more than 70% of students finish college.
  • 20 – The Japanese education system places great value on hygiene, punctuality, cooperation and group work.
25 curiosities about japanese education to cause envy
  • 21 – Students receive homework during the holidays.
  • 22 – Some students go to school and even on weekends to participate in club activities;
  • 23 – In all schools, there is a nutrition specialist in charge of the students’ food and diet.
  • 24 – At a university students are free to choose any subject they like. College is considered the best time in the life of some.
  • 25 -In addition to traditional subjects, Japanese students need to learn something traditional like Japanese calligraphy and poetry.

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