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School Life
School Life
  1. School Excursions
  2. Athletic Festival or Undōkai
  3. Club Activities
  4. Getting to School
  5. School Uniforms
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Students exiting a train on their way to school.
Photo Courtesy of Osaka Nichi-nichi Newspaper.
Getting to School
School buses are very rare in Japan. Even though many students in elementary and junior high school attend the school closest to their homes, it is not uncommon to see very young elementary students going to school on the trains or buses by themselves. In the past, schools would tell students what roads they should use to get to school and what roads to take going home. Some schools have rules telling students how to wear their school bags, depending on whether the students are going to school or coming home from school! Many students ride bikes to school, so schools have special helmets as part of their school uniform. Students from the same area usually walk to school together, regardless of age, so the older students can keep an eye on the younger ones. Many high school students travel a great distance to get to school, and take the train to get there. Some buy a bike to ride from the train station to their school, and then leave the bike at the station at night. The driving age in Japan is 18, and high school students, even if they are 18, cannot drive to school.
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