“Summer Holidays”

Maybe you wonder what a documentary about summer holidays is presented in the middle of winter.It is part of the dedication month for education in Japan. work work work work work work….even in holidays It seems the Japanese spirit never cease to go out of working mode… Advertisements

Bukatsu

Bukatsu, or kurabu after the English “club”, are present at every grade level. It’s unavoidable if you’re a student, and participating in at least one club is either encouraged or compulsory. Various clubs exist for every conceivable interest: there are study groups for every subject, sports teams, or bunka-kei (cultural) clubs such as music and…

学習塾 Juku

Gakushū juku are special private schools that offer lessons conducted after regular school hours, on weekends, and during school vacations Juku attendance rose from the 1970s through the mid-1980s; participation rates increased at every grade level throughout the compulsory education years. This phenomenon is a source of great concern to the Ministry of Education, which issued directives…

Children full of Life

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a…