Japan’s STRICTEST School Rules: Japanese schoolgirls can’t date?

Japan’s STRICTEST School Rules: Japanese schoolgirls can’t date?

When do you get the chance to show your individuality? – Not at all. When walking past a senior you HAVE TO greet them with “good morning” Everyone had to shave their heads? – All boys did have to. Hey guys and girls it’s Cathy Cat. This time we’re gonna go hit the streets of Tokyo and ask Japanese people about the strictest Japanese school rules and there will be some things that you will be very surprised about. Cause I was! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss more of our street interviews here in Japan. If you are interested about Japanese culture, this is the place to be. I catch you soon at the end of this video. Japanese schools are very strict on time. We had to be 10 minutes early for all classes and such. We always had to be so punctual. I got yelled up for ONLY being 3 minutes too early. – 3mins early is too late? Yeah they said we had to be 10 minutes early. – What else? Makeup or Hair? Any rules. – Everything was forbidden. Longer nails were forbidden We couldn’t shave our eyebrows Our hairbands and pins had to be black too. We couldn’t wear anything cute. What? Even your hairties? So soft pink hairbands like mine would be forbidden? – Yes it was like that at my school. And you weren’t allowed nail polish? Of course not! You weren’t allowed to let them grow at all. You had to cut them, so they couldn’t be seen on the other side. – How do you show your individualism? Never!!! – Which school rule… was actually good? – What? None Not a single one Were there some rules for senior students? We had to do certain things when meeting them When meeting club seniors we had to greet them in a loud voice. Thanks to that though I learned to greet people in society better. Schools were strict on our fringe. Wasn’t allowed to touch our eyebrows Or touch our ears. Our shirts… collars were not allowed to touch our hair too. Even though you can’t see it.., our underwear had to be white. – WHAT? But you can’t see that. It was in our dressing rules. We couldn’t wear black t-shirts underneath either. We had to wear white shirts and pants under our school uniforms. If we had a weird haircut, we would have to shave our hair. 2block haircuts… were forbidden. Teachers would shave our heads if we did. What? You teachers would shave your hair OFF for the wrong haircut? – I saw that happen WHAT! – I remember seeing a guy gettting shaven. – So many rules on hair Why are there so many rules on it? – If we all keep our black hair… we all are the same In Japan it’s important to be and look like everyone else. If you stand out of the crowd… We say “The nail that stands out get hammered down.” But we were so restricted that all students would dye their hair straight after graduating. They pressured you too much? – Everyone died their hair blond. Me included. – Lol. – The morning after the graduating ceremony we dyed it! They suffocated you for too long! – Yeah. – Our teachers would guide the gates… and if they found someone with brown hair they would take them out… spray their hair with black hairspray. It could be washed out, so the color underneath would stay. That happened. – So your school allowed you to change your hair color back with a spray? Our teachers would always stockpile it in their room – Wait Black hairsprays were stockpiled at the teacher’s office? – Probably, to dye it back. But it goes off if you wash it? -Yeah. – So they would keep spraying it? We had to have black hair inside the school to keep our image. Outside was ok. With our school uniform we had to have black hair. That hairspray rule seems a bit half-baked. At my club? I was in the orchestra club. When meeting our seniors we HAD TO greet our senpai with “good morning” – As a rule? Our senpai would not answer. They could totally ignore us. But even outside of our club we always had to greet them. Wait a sec… Not your teachers but seniors? – Yes. – But they are just students too. Why? – I wonder why too. It was an un written rule. First year students were not allowed to shorten their skirts. – And have colorful socks Once you become a senior you could do all of that. But first year students could not do anything like that. – What? So 1st years had it the hardest. – And then got easier every year. I see. – 2nd years had less rules. 3rd years were pretty free. Who decided what you could wear in which year? Teachers or seniors? The seniors would be strict. The teachers wouldn’t argue with that. Seems like your school was ruled by the senior students! Yeah. I was in the tennis club. We had similar rules too. First year students were only allowed to wear black backpacks. But 3rd years could wear colorful backpacks. Teachers wouldn’t say anything to either. But senior students would give 1st years the evil eye if they wear colorful bags. As if they were doing something wrong. It was like that. – Did your seniors tell you off? Did they? – They would be intense! You’d notice. They’d make you understand. – Would 1st year students warn each other about colorful bags? “you shouldn’t wear that” – Yeah we would say “Better avoid that.” Was there a rule that was helpful in school? – Well… Speaking politely with senior students, and … if the senpai had do do something, help them… But that came in handy when working in Japan too. Looking out for others. Also using polite Japanese language and such. Very Japanese. – Yes. When I was young, boys all had to shave their heads. They had to? – In Middle school. All boys had to be bald. Bald boys! – Yeah all boys! Then in high school… girl’s skirts had to be 10 cm under the knee. – 10cm? You legs would be hidden! – Definitely It was like that. – Do teachers measure that? Once a month teachers would stand at the school gate and check the student’s skirt length with a ruler in the mornings. But long skirts were popular in my days. – You couldn’t have it either too long or too short? – Both was not good. – Getting the length right sounds difficult then. They would do this… then make the skirt longer once they were though the gates. Now girls make their skirts shorter. – If you broke the rules… what would happen? – Once would be ok… But the second time you would get a warning. Third time you had to write an apology. You were made to stay at school to write an apology. And if you broke it again, they would call the mothers to school. In that apology you’d have to write “Sorry my skirt was TOO LONG!” Yeah and “I won’t wear skirts that long again.” Rules on hair were suffocating. Not up to the 2000s I think so. Why are we not allowed to dye our hair? Even girls who had naturally brown hair had to dye it black to look like everyone That happened! – I think that’s discrimination! I was in a private school I could not shorten my skirt even though I was finally a high school girl. It had to be longer than my knee. Looking pure. I hated it. – Ah. – Couldn’t shorten it! We couldn’t wear makeup. Everyone. Hair colors were strict too. My natural hair is brown. I was forbidden my own hair color and had to dye it black. I had to dye it black all the time. – Couldn’t you prove it was your real hair? I applied for it, and I did that… Yet still teachers would always tell me off for having brown hair…. so I dyed it. – For all 3 years you were in high school. – I felt like I had to, Yeah. – What? Denying your real hair? – Yeah. – I don’t understand that rule. That’s bad for your scalp too. – We were forbidden to dye our hair, unless we dyed it black What the heck?! – Were there other unreasonable rules   at your school? – You weren’t allowed to have a boyfriend. What? – Our teachers were strict. Love was forbidden… They would tell us off and to break up with our boyfriends. What? – How did they say that. – I was in a sports club. Before an important match… They said me dating a boy affected how I was playing. So they said to draw a line there. – What sports did you do? I was playing softball. – “Break up with your boy to win.” Right? Why should you break up with your boy for softball?! What did you do? – I didn’t want to break up but I put distance between us… Thanks for telling us. Those were some of the strictest school rules. Which one surprised you the most? Was it the white pants rule? That was the one that got me. Generally there are so many rules about the length of fingernails and everything. How about you? What What is the school rule that shocked you the most? Let is know in the comments. Also we asked this… question before in our earlier videos and got different responses so you might wanna go… and check this one out. There is more stuff coming out to you so if you are interested about Japanese culture, be sure to subscribe now and like, because it makes a big change for us as youtubers See you soon for more on Ask Japanese. Bye.

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  1. Same rules are applied in my Arabic school , except we can dye our hair any color as long as guys don't do hairstyles like spike or hair that reaches your eyes , and no high ponytail for girls or extreme puff .

  2. The white underwear definitely surprised me! Haha. I went to an all girl's Catholic secondary school, so we had to wear the uniform and only dye our hair natural colours. And even tho the black trousers were part of the school uniform, I was always given out to for wearing them instead of the skirt! One year, on the last day before Christmas break, I dyed my hair dark blue, and the teachers looked horrified, but they couldn't say anything about it since school was about to end for the semester haha

  3. The bigger part of these rules is needed at school. (Not talking about dyeing natural brown hair in black or wearing white underwear)
    Western people just can't understand the importance of following the dress code, behavior rules, etc. Our so-called "individualism" takes quite a big place in our life, that's why it so hard to understand.

  4. Goddamn, these stories sound ridiculously depressing, can't imagine growing up in Japan under so many conditions, and to add the stress of having be a surpassing student from early grades to high school & college, no wonder some take their own lives because they can't handle the pressure.

  5. @Cathycat ..I have a suggestion for you Cathy Cat. If you have time you should start up a second channel and teach us about German culture. I am Canadian and according to my mother I have German and Norwegian ancestry in my mom's side. I love learning about different cultures and I myself spent a total of 8 months in Lima Peru just because. It was an amazing time and learned a lot about Peruvian culture including the conquest of the Spanish empire. I was taught one word in Inca as well as a little Spanish…

    As far as German I know a few words in German.. I know Germans are very intelligent and methodical which I love about that part of my German Culture but would like to know more. Just a suggestion.

    Cheers from Canada and great work.

  6. we can't dye our hairs…its kinda strict …also u can date but…as a weeaboo i am…i find attracted to only 2D girls….😫

  7. Keep on keeping on, Japan.
    The hair dye is a bit much…
    …and the tidy whities haha
    Do not look to The West.
    We are ruining ourselves.

  8. Japan: Our students are very strictly ruled in school to increase their education.
    Also Japan: Why the people only think im their careers and don't want to make babies?.
    Sincerely i blame zangyou.

  9. I really don’t like the hair rule. Especially because the girl said her hair was naturally brown. Ugh. I don’t get it. Like, why make someone damage their hair with dye, for the sake of uniformity?

  10. 6:52 when she said 坊主 she meant more like buzz cut, not shave their head.

  11. 道徳教育は実は儒教の教えが基礎となっている。日本の神道は鬼道であり元々は道教。そして仏教はヒンディー教と関係していて釈迦はヒンディーでは9番目の神としてインドの壁に像がある。その頭の上には卍が描かれている。釈迦はネパールで産まれインドで有名人となった人。菩提樹に勝手に座るとインド人にぶん殴られるらしい。

  12. What's the point of those strict rules if that makes them much more likely to dye their hair, let it grow, wear colorful accessories and short skirts when they graduate? All of them were visibly doing that!

  13. I want to start a Disobedient to the Rules Club. Is that wrong of me?

    I remember reading about a Japanese woman whose hair wasn't naturally black. She was told to dye it. But the school also had a rule against dyeing your hair. I think there are some people who enjoy making rules like this just because they can. But I have to admit making rules that are self-contradictory and so cannot be followed raises that to an art form.

  14. my school was pretty similar. boys could not have long or longish hair, could not have any facial hair, could not have earrings or jewelry of any kind (aside from a watch, if you count that). I do recall that one of my best friends got away with dying his hair though, I'm not sure why. Personally, I just wanted medium-length hair, not even down to my shoulders, but shaggy. The first day I moved to college I stopped cutting my hair lol.

  15. Wow these rules are kinda strict. In my school there isn't any rule about dyeing hair or anything
    We just can't wear hats or our hoods inside the building and very short skirts or shorts are a huge no no.

  16. I think I understand now when in a past interview one girl said that big and colorful phone cases were like a status symbol… Those rules…

  17. 妊娠したら退学とか 芸能界デビューしたら退学とか あったなぁ
    妊娠の時は生徒が反発して署名集めたり 授業ボイコットしたりしたけど結局ダメだった

  18. I was forbiden to shit all of me in one day because it would polute the world too fast. So basicly I had to stop midway and hold it in

  19. The hair dying and nails, got dark brown/black hair and I've got two white/blonde streaks in my hair both sides of my head since birth so birth marks in the hair you could say, went to a private school and when I was 15-16 the no dying the hair rule came in, fortunately I didn't have to dye my birthmark streaks out.

    The nails mine grow long now but at school the nails had to be short and clean for guys and girls.

  20. Dankeschön Where is the "Free World " ? German and Swiss Newspapers wrote, that it is forbidden for Woman in Japan use a Brille at work. Causes headache, only thinking about this situation. Despite, a nice Time to All.

  21. I feel so bad for all these people, and I'm so grateful I never dealt with such extreme school rules. Maybe people could make an argument for it making stronger, more responsible kids. But I don't know if the trade-off is worth it for all the unnecessary pressure they're put through.

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