Japan and Japanese Schools Done by: Simin, Claudia and Yew hong
Japanese Culture • Tea ceremony is part of Japanese’s everyday life. The tea ceremony is called Sadoor Chado in Japanese. • Japanese flower arrangement which is called ikebana in Japanese. It evolved in Japan over seven centuries. • Japan enjoys a broad following. Concerts are held all over the country. Japan has also produced many conductors (such as Ozawa Seiji), pianists, and violinists who perform around the world.
Japanese culture Japanese New Year: In Japan, people give some gifts in a lot of occasions. Giving gifts when the year is coming to an end is the most important as they express appreciation for the special services they have extended to them. Christmas in Japan: Christmas in Japan is different from western countries like USA or Australia. In Japan, they give Christmas present usually, friends and family… However, children in Japan do not give presents to their parents. The reason is only Santa brings present, so once the children no longer believe in Santa, the presents are no longer given.
Japanese schools Education in Japan: The basic school system in Japan is composed of elementary school(last for 6 years), middle school(3 years), high school(3 years), and university (4 years). Education is also compulsory for 9 years of elementary schools or high schools. But 98% of students went to high schools. Students take exams to enter high schools or universities.
Japanese schools What they learn: Japanese children enter the first grade of elementary schools in April after their sixth birthday. There are about 30-40 pupils in a typical elementary school class. They learn subjects like Japanese, Mathematics, science social studies, music, art, physical education and home economics(simple cooking and sewing skill). For some elementary schools, they have started to learn English, too.
Japanese school School Life In Japanese elementary school, class are divided into small groups for activities. For example, they clean the classrooms, halls and yards in this teams. In many elementary schools, the children eat lunch together in their classrooms. The meals are usually prepared by the school or by a local “school lunch center”. A small team of students take turn to serve their classmate the food. There are also many school events like sports day, excursions to historical sites and arts and culture festival, which pupils perform on the stage.
Japanese school Club activities Almost all middle school students take part in a extracurricular club activity of their choice such as sports team, a musical or arts group, and science club. Baseball and soccer are one of the most popular activities among the boys. Judo clubs, where kids train in this traditional martial art, attract both boys and girls. They may be inspired by the many Japanese judo athletes, both males and females, who have won medals for the world Judo championships and the Olympic games. Other sport activities include tennis, basketball, gymnastics and volley ball. And, students will have chance to compete with each other for this.
Credits: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/schools/index.html(Page 5-7) http://www.gojapango.com/culture/culture.html (Page 2&3)