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. 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