Friday, April 01, 2016

april = new

In Japan, everything starts in April.

School year, business fiscal year...

Electric appliance stores have sales for "shin-seikatsu" (new lifestyles) for newlyweds and also university freshmen...

During this time of year, you will see many students carrying these boxes around.

Inside is their new school uniform.

Most schools have uniforms.

I also understand that most students have to buy their textbooks.

Growing up in Hawaii, I went to public school, so we didn't have to wear a uniform and were lucky that we didn't have to buy our textbooks.

Did you wear a uniform in grade school? Did you have to buy your textbooks?


KirkK said...

Totally public school kid no uniforms for me. Though St Patrick's school and Sacred Hearts Academy was right across the street from my elementary.

Kalin's Mommy said...

Hi Kat,

My son, who is in the Hawaii public school system, 5th grade, had school uniforms implemented in the 1st grade. It was just a t-shirt sporting the school name, but this year they implemented another design and color-coded the grade levels. I believe our cost on the shirts don't even come close to the uniforms in Japan! The books are still supplied by the DOE, thank goodness! Mich

K and S said...

Kirk, ah the private schools usually had uniforms, yeah?!

thank goodness Mich!

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

I had to wear a uniform since we went to Catholic school, but textbooks were free (unless you lost'em and so you had to pay for them).

K and S said...

Rowena, if we lost our books we had to pay for them too :p

Take care.