Origin of the Japanese uniform
Japanese school uniforms appeared during the Meiji period, when Emperor Meiji opened Japan to several Western countries for trade and business. Prior to that time, Japanese students wore only traditional formal clothing to school, as students at that time were usually from relatively wealthy families. Girls wore a kimono and boys wore a hakama.
Today, school uniforms are common in many Japanese public and private school systems. The Japanese word for this type of uniform is seifuku (制服).
Japanese Uniform: Summer and Winter
Japanese school uniforms for the high school will include summer and winter uniforms as well as sportswear.
Winter Uniform: Usually includes a sweater, vest, blazer and longer pants or skirts.
Summer Uniform: Usually an uncovered white shirt and either shorts, light fabric pants or a pleated skirt for girls.
Summer sports uniform: A t-shirt and shorts in the school colors.
Winter sport uniform: These polyester tracksuits can also be worn over the summer track suit.
Change of season
Moving from your winter to your summer uniform is an expected opportunity. Most Japanese students are waiting for the dates of June 1 and October 1. On June 1, students will switch to summer uniform, while in October they will switch to winter uniform.
Rules must be observed
In Japan, school uniforms are a serious matter. Not only do they regulate the color of socks and shoes, but they also control the length of skirts and the color of sweatshirts. Uniforms must be uniform, and this rule is enforced. Uniforms must be in order not only in the school yard, but also outside the school.
Appearance is important
While in the West, it is common to see teenagers with purple hair or eccentric makeup to express themselves, this is not the case in Japan. Many schools have rules that govern appearance, including the rule of not changing one's natural appearance. This means not having purple hair, makeup or even eyebrow hair removal. It also means that wearing jewelry and painting your nails is not allowed. Tattoos are also a big ban and must be covered at all times. Boys must be closely shaved and have hair of a certain length.
Footwear for outdoor use only
For reasons of cleanliness and to protect floors, Japanese people do not wear shoes indoors. Instead, they wear slippers. This tradition is followed in school life where students clean the school. Students put their shoes in lockers and wear slippers or indoor shoes in the school.