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Monday, April 04, 2005

5th grade girls


In Japan the children are much more involved in every day tasks, for example serving lunch or cleaning the school. The teachers’ room (or “shokuinshitsu” in Japanese) is always frequented by the students. Whether they come to borrow “ohashi” (chopsticks), collect letters, get pink binbags or need to speak to a teacher or look for the school nurse, they are always present. I remember that in my schooldays entering the teachers’ room was an absolute taboo and I think the only time I finally saw it was when we danced on the tables there during our Abi (high school graduation) party. When entering the teachers’ room here in Japan, the students have to say who they are, what grade and what they came for and ask if they would be kindly allowed to enter (“......haittemo ii desuka?”) and when they leave they have to apologize (“Shitsurei shimashita.”)

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