Japanese school uniforms were inspired by the European-style naval uniforms also known as sailor suits, where as boy's were inspired by the Japanese army. They try to make a school uniform that distinguishes the wearers as school age children but also looks attractive enough that they would want to wear it just like any other clothing.
Now that I am teaching in Japan, dodgeball is one of the most popular pass times during recess, and I play dodgeball with my students as often as I can (but only limited to elementary school kids excluding Gr.6 boys). What I didn’t know at first and surprised me was how different the rules are in Japan…What do you mean we are going outside? Why is he standing outside the court?
Being an ALT in elementary schools in Japan is more than just teaching English.
For many foreigners who admire this country, being able to work and live here is an incredible feat. The job of Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) is incredibly attractive for those who have dreamt of experiencing Japan long-term first-hand.