学校の生活3目 – School Life #3

These are just a few more things I find interesting or amusing about my surroundings.

1. There is no warm water at the schools.  Washing your hands means ice cold.  As such, I sometimes don’t…

2. I saw the gym teacher pull out some cigarettes, and light up during gym class and continue with the lessons.  I was thoroughly amused.

3. Shoes that students and teachers wear to school are swapped for their inside pair.  This isn’t a cleanliness thing, it dates back to Buddhist temple/school practices though I don’t know the details.  So then, if they go into any of the carpeted rooms in the school, they take their shoes off and are only in socks (computer room, music room, principals office) and last if they go outside or in the gym, they are 2 more pairs of shoes.  Shoes are removed before going in most buildings.

School Defense

This is one of my favorites.  In order to repel unwanted visitors to the school, a large, rounded arc attached to a pole is employed to shove them away.  People talk about the need for guns in schools in America, I can’t imagine how laughable the concept of a using a pole as the primary defense would appear.  Shows the difference in a society where guns have almost no presence.

Gender Related Differences of Duty.

In Japanese schools and society in general, there is more of a concrete role of women, and certain tasks that they perform.  While I’ve done research on this when I studied abroad and know that it exists, I think it is more interesting to see it in action.  One great example is getting tea for guests.  Anyone who comes to visit the school to meet with the principal, or anyone really, will always be brought tea by a woman working there.  The secretaries are almost women, as in the case of America, so that probably propagates this.  Another one that probably iterates this point a little better has been at a few larger meetings that the school has had with other important people.  The people are of course taken care of, as the school wants to be good hosts, but the people waiting at the door, providing directions, or handing a departing guest a shoehorn has always been a woman.

Japan as a nation lags far behind the world in on some gender equality measure, but I think it has more to do with culture than oppression.  There are certainly some unfair issues here, but there does seem to be ample amounts of respect for each gender’s duty.  I personally don’t have a problem with the system here, but my support for it goes only till people are unhappy with their culturally assigned roles.  I don’t support being unable to break free of those definitions, though I think gender driven work can be endearing of a culture.

Japan as a nation lags far behindhe world in on some gender equality measure, but I think it has more to do with culture than oppression.  There are certainly some unfair issues here, but there does seem to be ample amounts of respect for each gender’s duty.  I personally don’t have a problem with the system here, but my support for it goes only till people are unhappy with their culturally assigned roles.  I don’t support being unable to break free of those definitions, though I think gender driven work can be endearing of a culture.

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