Memories of Japan

By Chad Atkinson



          Although very similar to our own, the Japanese educational system has many of its own unique aspects.  The availability for students is somewhat less attainable than that of Canadian students because there are fewer schools, in comparison to the population of students. This means that students have much further distances to travel to attend school each day.  Some students must take trains to school.  These train rides can be over 45 minutes, which be a large annoyance by the standards of the average percentage of Canadian youth.  In Japan many schools are not only five days a week.  Many people must spend their Saturdays learning as well.


          Children in Japan do not have the luxury of education without a price.  Students must pay for their education annually.  The Japanese attend school for twelve years, much like we do ourselves.  However, they are attending for basically the entire year with very little break.  They attend six years of primary schooling, followed by three years of junior high school, and finally three more years of high school.  There are no custodians in Japan schools.  The children must pick up after themselves.  This is considered to be one of their many duties.


          Many schools in Japan also specialize in fields, such as technology or agriculture.  They have a large range of sports teams and clubs, many of which are uncommon in Canada, such as “Kendo”, “Judo”, and “Sumo Wrestling”.  They also participate in many sports, which are common all around the world.  For example, Baseball is a very popular sporting event in Japan at this time.  Other teams such as basketball and soccerr/football are joined by many students.