education

How Effective Could the Kakogawa Junior High School’s Trial Nap Time Be?

It has long been believed that physical and mental development occur when children take naps. This is a critical factor not only to their growth but also to their overall well-being. In line with this, the students in Kakogawa Junior High School have requested to have an afternoon nap in order to increase their attention…

Students in Japan Will Soon See Hatsune Miku Featured in Their Textbooks!

Hatsune Miku, the popular Vocaloid star, is going to be featured in the textbooks of first-year high school students in Japan. Her huge popularity in the Japanese music industry makes her well-known even among children. Thanks to her Vocaloid composer, Kikuo, her songs have been influencing many aspects of Japanese society – now including education!…

What Challenges Do the Children in Japan’s Orphanages Face?

Japan may have a low birth rate compared to other countries but it doesn’t stop some people from abandoning their children and leaving them in institutions like orphanages. Some of them have been taken away from their parents for various legal reasons. And once the children grow older and leave the orphanage, most of the…

Is Kumitaiso (Group Gymnastics) Too Dangerous for Japanese Students?

Kumitaiso or the Japanese physical education (P.E.) class group gymnastics is not an ordinary task. It is mostly done by students who go the distance in using their bodies to make different shapes such as human pyramids. It has a vast history which is believed to have a militaristic approach. Across the nation, at least…

Looking to Attend University in Japan? Here Is Why Kobe University Is a Great Choice!

Kobe University is one of the leading national universities located in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. In the region of Kansai, it is referred to as Shindai (from another reading of the first of Kobe’s kanji 神戸 and 大学, daigaku or university). Kobe University is an institution of efficient learning. Are you looking for a place to…

Yokohama International School: A Quality School with a Rich History

Yokohama International School is an independent, innovative school geared towards the education of children from ages three to eighteen. Don’t you want to know why this school is so intriguing? A Rich History   yis.ac.jp/ In 1924, the idea of this school was born by six founding members. The class sizes were small, but the…

Why is Japan Behind Other Asian Countries When it Comes to English?

If you’re an English teacher working in Japan, perhaps you’ve had experiences of working in other Asian countries. If so, maybe you got a nasty surprise on arriving in Japan and discovering that the language ability of students here is lower than what you expected. While Japanese students are studious, well-behaved and polite, their ability…

10 Differences Between American and Japanese School Systems

1. Time/Vacation School in the US usually starts in August and ends in June. However, in Japan classes start in April and ends in March. There are less days off in Japan compared with their US counterparts. On average the Japanese spend 60 days more per year at school that the US. It is not…