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1. School Life and Regulations

A Day at School

On your way to school

  • Be at the school by 8 am. The time one must arrive at school is subject to change according to each school.
  • When going to school, respect the rules of the road; be mindful of getting into or causing an accident.
  • Wear the designated school uniform when going to school.
  • Schools will decide by district when and where buses or bicycles can be used for going to and returning from school.


  • Make sure to call the school before the morning meeting (usually 8:20am) if you are going to be absent or late to school because of sickness or any other reason.


  • Change into the designated uniform when engaging in physical activities.
  • Use only designated indoor shoes when indoors. Patterns and colors will vary according to each school.
  • Write your name on your sports uniform and shoes.
  • Some schools also designate what shoes should be worn on the way to and from school.

Class work and Studying

 For life from this point on, children need to be raised with expectations of important things like specific knowledge, abundant spirit, and a vigorous, healthy body. As for studying, the school curriculum is based on fundamental knowledge and technical skills; subjects are decided based on power of thought. Children are taught to make judgments and to develop presentation skills. However, school is not only a place where children are to be taught by the teacher, but it is also a place to find one's own way of learning. For that purpose, having a plan for studying at home and continuing one's study is also necessary.

  • Studying in junior high school and elementary school are different. In junior high school, the teacher changes for each subject. There are classes and activities for the following subjects:

    Japanese, social studies, math, science, music, art, physical education, home economics, foreign language (English), morals/manners, activities based on grade, general studies time, school and grade events
    ※ In Junior High School, one class is 50 minutes in length.

Label all of your belongings

  • Please carry all study materials in your school bag (designated by the school) and do not forget to bring them to school.
  • The sports uniform is to be carried in a sports bag.
  • Write your name, grade, and class on all your belongings.
  • Do not bring money to school unless it is needed.
  • Wear a white cap during cleaning time.
  • Borrow the school's white lunch uniform to prepare for serving lunch when it is your turn to be on duty. When your week-long turn is complete,wash the uniform for the next person's use. (Prepare your own mask)

School lunch

 Please refer to "School lunch" in Section 1 of "Elementary School Life".

Using the bathroom

 Please refer to "Using the bathroom" in Section 1 of "Elementary School Life".

Outside of School

When going out

  • Inform someone within your household as to where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Do not go to game corners in supermarkets, game centers, or karaoke boxes.
  • Go home early in the evening.
  • Do not talk to strangers.
  • Do not stay over at a friend's house without the permission from both your friend's family and your own family.

When playing

  • Go out to play only AFTER going back home first.
  • Do not play games that are dangerous.
    • Do not play near rivers or train tracks, in or around construction areas, or on roads.
    • Do not play with fire.
      ※Have adult supervision if you play with fireworks.

Road Traffic and Riding a Bicycle

  • People must walk on the right side of the street while cars and bicycles must proceed on the left side.
  • Have the Bicycle Inspection Test performed in advance. You need to get a stamped inspection seal proving your bicycle passed the test.
  • If you want to ride your bicycle to school, you need to get the junior high school's permission. Wear a helmet when riding your bicycle to and from school.
  • Do not ride your bicycle when snow is falling, piled up, or when it is raining. (Some schools will not allow their students to ride bicycles to and from school during winter time.)
Road Traffic and Riding a Bicycle
Bicycle Inspection Test
Date of inspection
Grade     Class      Name
Bicycle Inspection PointsResults of inspection
1 Is the bicycle's size appropriate for the person riding it? (  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
2 Can the rider's feet reach the ground while seated? (  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
3 Are the front AND rear brakes working?(  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
4 Does the light work?(  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
5 Are the handlebars secure?(  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
6 Are the other parts of the bicycle in good condition? (  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
7 Are names and address written on the bicycle?(  ) Pass
(  ) Fail
Person who inspected the bicycle(  ) Bicycle shop worker
(  ) Neighborhood Association Member
(  ) Family member