Japanese High Schools By: Autumn

Japanese high school students don’t drive cars like most high school students in America, they ride their bike, or take a public bus or train. And the school day starts 8:30 and ends at 6:30.

Most students take buses, bikes, or they just walk.

When you first go into a Japanese high school, you would usually see a whole bunch of small lockers, but the lockers aren’t for backpacks or other stuff, it’s for the shoes the students wear coming and leaving school, in other words street shoes. When they put their shoes in their, they put on school slippers, and sometimes the slippers are color coded; pink for girls and blue for boys. When school starts, people take attendance and make announcements, and usually the students are in charge of these activities, and are on a rotating duty schedule called toban. Classes usually have an average of 40-45 students.

Some Japanese high schools don’t have cafeterias so when they eat lunch they stay in their home room. In Japan, people use bento boxes, bento boxes are usually square or rectangular boxes. In the lunches, they usually contain fish, vegetables, eggs, pickles, and one of the most common foods in Asia, rice. The lunches are cooked by the students’ mothers, and the students usually have a pair of chopsticks.

Japanese students don’t go home at 3:10, the school day ends at 6:30 and students usually even have clubs to attend after school, so they would usually get home at around 9pm. Sports clubs have swimming, track, baseball, soccer, tennis, softball, rugby, judo, kendo, and volleyball. The culture clubs have english, broadcast, calligraphy, science, mathematics, and yearbook, the clubs start two hour after school.

This is a Japanese volleyball team

This is a Japanese math class

60% of Japanese high school students attend “cram schools”. It’s where they get supplemental lessons, they also do nonacademic subjects like art, swimming, abacus, and calligraphy.

In Japan, in order to enter high school is to take an exam, and they test with subjects such as, Japanese, mathematics, social studies, science, and English. If an entrance examination is failed, that could affect that student’s future.

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