Tuesday, March 20, 2007

At a Japanese School

I am sorry I keep posting on my trip to Japan.

I visited a Japanese school while I was there in Ajigasawa, Aomori.

Visitors were required to remove there shoes and put on slippers.

The pupils were not allowed to wear outdoor shoes; they wore sneakers that were worn indoors only. But they had to remove these in the computer room (often in Japan, you are supposed to remove even slippers before stepping on carpet).

The teachers wore a mixture of indoor-only shoes. Some wore smart dress shoes; others wore sneakers or birkenstock sandals.

4 comments:

Redeemed said...

Why are you sorry for posting about your trip to Japan? Your posts are fun!!

I think students having to wear indoor shoes in school is not a bad idea – might teach them discipline, and responsibility.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Indeed. Though they would have learned to take their outdoor shoes off already at kindergarten.

richyrich said...

I think students having to wear indoor shoes in school is not a bad idea – might teach them discipline, and responsibility.

I totally agree, it'll also teach them to respect property. Another benefit is that by helping to keep the school's floors clean, it'll also keep the cleaning bills down, thus saving taxpayers' money!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

That would be quite a Japanese way of looking at it.

In fact, Japanese schools do not employ janitors. The pupils are divided up into mixed-age groups to clean the school.

God Bless

Matthew