education

How do the Japanese Learn English?

English has played a major role in globalization. It has become a choice language for international communications all over the world. Thus, the need for learning it has been increasing in contemporary society. Most Japanese people cannot speak English and that is the reality. However, the English-speaking population in the country is gradually increasing. This…

Japanese Cram Schools, “Juku”

In Japan, learning is not an easy task for students. Even after school, they still need to go to another school to gain extra knowledge on their subjects. These are so-called cram schools which are also known as Gakushu juku. It is derived from the word “gakushu” which means “study” or “learn” and “juku” which…

Comparison of Preschools in 3 Different Cultures: China, Japan, United States

“Anthropological fieldwork at the preschools of three different cultures in reference to Tobin, Joseph Jay., Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa’s Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States (2009)” Prior to going on that “virtual fieldwork” by watching the anthropological videos of Joseph Tobin from Preschool in Three Cultures revisited: China, Japan,…

A Look Outside The Main Building of A Japanese Elementary School

Come on! Let’s go outside the main building of the Japanese Elementary School. Gymnasium (Taiikukan) Here is the gymnasium. The gymnasium is one of the most important and most memorable places in school because this is where the school ceremonies are held. The opening ceremony, entrance ceremony, and closing ceremony are held in the gymnasium.…

4 Types of Cute and Original Sticky Notes

After living in Japan for 10 years, I’ve come across my fair share of stationery stores and the one thing I cannot get enough is the sticky notes! I have accumulated quite a collection during my time at middle school and high school and I would like to introduce to you a few that I…

A Day at a Japanese Elementary School

How do the elementary school students in your country spend their day? What kind of activities they share and what they learn after one day passing in class with their teachers and classmates. If you are curious to know the schedule of Japanese children’s in the school, let’s take a look. Morning The first period…

A short Introduction to the Anthropology of Japanese Education

Gaps A Building Block of the Japanese Mentality, and the Anthropology of Japanese Education in reference to Lauren J. Kotloff’s “… And Tomoko wrote this song for us” from Thomas P. Rohlen and Gerald K. LeTendre’s “Teaching and learning in Japan (1996)” While anthropology is referred to as the social science that studies human beings’…

University Graduation in Japan, and why it is a big deal

During spring, university students have graduations all over the country and enter the so-called shakai (社会) – society. Universities hold huge celebrations to welcome students into the society. This might sound strange, since graduates are already at least 22 years old, which means they have already been legally wise adults for at least two years.…
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University Graduation Ceremonies in Japan

The start of spring also signals the end of some things, and April graduation is one yearly event thousands of young people look forward to. University graduation ceremonies are often held on the last week of March in Japan. As one may expect, graduation ceremonies are fancy affairs, as young adults celebrate the completion of…

Ancient Tokyo–Time travelling at Tokyo Edo Museum

Have you ever imagined how Tokyo must have been before all the skyscrapers came and before technology hit the country? What was Tokyo like, during the Edo period? The old name of Tokyo was Edo, until 1868, when the Edo period ended and the Meiji era started. The Edo period stands for a time, where…