There will always be differences in the world. Be it a difference between people, culture, tradition, or rules. But if you think about it, it’s rather a beautiful thing.
When we travel different places, we meet different people. We encounter some different traditions and practices. Some kind of struck us weird to us while there are some that we like and start following. Obviously, every country has its own differences and practices.
For example, if we talk about America, tipping is compulsory there. While in the UK, there is no such rule. The biggest examples of cultural differences are the school rules in USA and Japan.
So here are 9 shocking Japanese school rules that would never work in American schools
1. No hair styling
Hairstyling is not allowed in Japanese schools as they believe that styling would easily distract other students. Boys are allowed to have a simple haircut with no layering while girls have some options. They can keep their long locks free or tie them up but any form of styling is prohibited.
2. No makeup or fancy accessories
Children in Japan are encouraged to focus only on their studies and nothing else. People there believe that their child’s grades are a reflection on their family and how they’ll do in life. Girls are not allowed to wear makeup, paint their nails, or even shave their legs!
3. No dating
This is obviously a tough rule for Americans. Japan does not allow its students to date while they are still at school. Acting on your feelings are strictly banned.
4. No substitute teacher
If a teacher is absent in Japan, then the class simply works on their own. There is no substitute teacher, instead, the students are trusted to work by themselves. Japanese students have great discipline, which means they can study without a teacher if needed.
5. Greetings is must
According to the Japanese School Rules, it is compulsory for students to greet their teachers in the morning. For some schools, it’s even a strict tradition to start the day off with some meditation.
6. Uniforms are necessary
All Japanese schools have their uniforms and students are to wear them as they are representing the said school. Boys are required to wear black suits, while girls are required to wear plaid skirts.
7. It’s forbidden to get late
It’s strictly forbidden in Japan to come late to classes unless there’s an emergency situation. While this is true for many schools, it is worth noting that Japanese students are extremely punctual. Most of the students even stay late for extra-classes or after-school activities.
8. Food from home – not allowed
In Japan, it is the duty of the school to provide the students with food. That way, even the students from a poor background doesn’t have to miss a meal. Students are allowed to have a bowl of fish, rice, and soup but they are punished if they don’t finish every bite.
9. Only one break
The only break they are allowed is a 5-week summer break, which is usually placed in the middle of the term.
Which of these Japanese school rules did you find the most shocking?