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?