15+ Japanese School Rules That Even Astonish Locals



Japan is a country of surprises that never stops astonishing foreigners. Even a school year in the Land of the Rising Sun starts, not in August, but in April, and finishes in March. But that’s not the only interesting aspect of the Japanese educational system.

  • Kids from 1st to 6th grades are in primary school in Japan. Classes are shuffled every year and teachers change their places so that pupils have a chance to meet new people.
  • For 6 years, school kids wear similar school bags that are called “randoseru.” In the most conservative schools, girls wear red randoserus, while boys wear black ones. But this color rule is not the same everywhere.
  • Local people say that many first-graders wear yellow hats so that those around them can notice them from afar.
15+ Japanese School Rules That Even Astonish Locals
  • In some schools, students are responsible for the cleanliness of the school. After classes are over, each class cleans their own classrooms, and special kids on duty wash the toilets and clean the playgrounds.
  • When entering the school, kids leave their street shoes in lockers and put on uwabaki — special white slippers that are worn by everyone regardless of their age or gender.
  • If parents come to the school, they also need to take off their street shoes and don home footwear, even if the weather outside is warm and dry.
15+ Japanese School Rules That Even Astonish Locals
  • After the 6th grade, school kids move on to secondary school that lasts for 3 years. It’s at this stage that most Japanese school kids start to wear a mandatory uniform.
  • Some Japanese schoolgirls can’t wear tights, even in winter, because some schools require that girls wear skirts only with knee socks. One schoolgirl complained about this unfair rule to the school’s administration and heard in response that they treat her opinion with respect but she is about to graduate soon and all she needs to do is to put up with this rule for a little while longer.