School Events
Japanese schools are packed with events such as the opening ceremony, field days, culture festivals and school excursions throughout the year. Autumn is the season that's especially filled with events. School events are standard for Japanese people, but in fact they are uncommon in the West. There are no opening ceremonies after the end of long vacations, and it is common for school to resume as if nothing had happened. We discuss school events, which can be said to shape the orderliness, cooperativeness and national character of Japanese people, from the perspective of foreigners.