A Look into Japanese Schools

Elementary School

• Students wear school-specific uniforms for PE (shirt, shorts, and a red/white cap).

• Students are required to wear room shoes ('Uwabaki') in class.

• Students carry a specialized backpack known as the 'Landocelu'.

Due to the thinness of their text books, they can fit all of their school books inside.

• During formal assemblies, students wear white shirts and black pants/skirts (at least six times a year)

• Before students can go home, they must clean their classrooms, bathrooms, and school grounds.

• Every day, students walk to the lunchroom to collect their class lunches to take back to their classrooms, where they serve and eat.

• Winter vacation begins on Christmas Day.

• Summer vacation is approximately forty days long, and students are provided with packets of homework assignments for each subject.

Junior High School

•  Students are required to wear school uniforms on a daily basis.

•  Students are not permitted to wear any accessories.

•  Students are not permitted to dye their hair.

•  Extensive after-school program that lasts well into the evening (from about 4 PM to 6 PM)

High School

•  Because students are not served lunch at school, they bring their own lunch from home or dine out.

•  Students may wear a variety of accessories.

•  Students are not permitted to dye their hair.




There is only one movie theater with 116 seats.


There are several summer festivals that draw a large number of people of all ages. These festivals are also very child-friendly, with many games and fun prizes. The food is also highly recommended.

~Rock Festival~

•  June

•  This mostly attracts local young adults as well as young people from the mainland youth.

•  Famous musical artists perform at the beach.

~Miyako Festival~

•  July

•  Major city streets are closed, but people are free to walk around and participate in various activities.

•  Lots of fried or sweet foods

•  Prize-giving games, such as goldfish, toys, or bouncy water balloons


•  The main street serves as a massive tug-of-war between the east and the west (anyone can participate).

•  The Miss Miyako pageant also takes place during the festival

•  A large parade is held with school bands and 'Kuichaa' (Traditional Miyako island dance) dancers from various regions.

~Orion Beer Festival~

•  August

•  A live musical performance takes place by popular artists

•  Adults enjoy drinking beer while children enjoy playing games at the various booths.



In April, approximately 1,500 people from all over the world come to compete in the Miyakojima Triathlon. To finish the race, participants must complete three stages: swimming (3 km), cycling (155 km), and running (42.195 km) in 14 hours. While the course is challenging, participants can enjoy Miyako's beautiful scenery, cool breeze, and warm ocean.

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