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Etiquette in Japan
Japan has it’s own unique culture and many are formal and mannerly. Be sure to know the proper etiquette before you go. You don’t want to offend anyone! You should know when to remove your shoes, who eats first, how to do greetings, table manners, transportation, bathroom, public bath, etc.
Education in Japan
Here is a great site that will provide the basics to understand how the Japanese get their education, http://www.education-in-japan.info/sub1.html and about a school day in Japan, http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat23/sub150/
The Japanese school year extends for 210 or so days—compared to 180 in the United States, 251 in China, 220 in South Korea, and 214 in Israel. The Japanese academic year extends from early April to the end of March and is divided into three terms: 1) April to July, 2) September to December, and 3) January to March. There is a six week vacation in the summer, two weeks in winter and two weeks in spring. Some schools follow a two-term schedule. There is strict cut off date for which grade a kid goes into with those born in March going to one grade and those born in April going into another. Educators have recommended that the start of the school year be changed from April to September or October to be in line with the rest of the world.
The school day lasts from around 8:00am to 3:00pm but varies from day to day. Although it is a little longer than in the U.S. school day, Japanese students generally have more free time and breaks during their time at school. Sports clubs, even ones for elementary school, sometimes require students to show up for practice early in the morning or stay at school until 6:30 or 7:00pm.
Great information site on Japan covering bits of their History, Government, Economics, People, and more. http://factsanddetails.com/japan/
So you want to visit Japan someday, check out our Tourist Info page for some tips on how to do that trip.