Thank you for reading my All About Life in a Japanese School articles! If you are interested in reading more about this subject in-depth, I did glean my information from one major source which was Japanese Lessons: A year in a Japanese school through the eyes of an American anthropologist and her children by Gail R. Benjamin. The book was published in 1997, over a decade ago, but I’m sure the information is still relevant to this day as school procedures and events hardly change except maybe cell phones and handheld gadgets are now banned from classes.
Another interesting book that I saw was Learning to Bow: An American teacher in a Japanese school by Bruce S. Feiler (1991). Feiler’s book is a more personal look with a teacher’s point of view unlike Benjamin’s which held a more outsider look into the Japanese school system. Both look into the Japanese school system with a different pair of eyes but are equally interesting. On a more scientific front, you can also check out Learning to Go to School in Japan: The transition from home to preschool life by Lois Peak (1991).
For more up-to-date information, you can check out Az’s Gaijin Chronicles (formerly known as Gaijin Smash) with it’s hilarious look into high school life and Japanese society in general. Be warned that content on Az’s blog tend to cover mature topics so no kiddies please. And as always, there is the Life in a Japanese School set of articles by Maiko Covington here at this site which you may read over for more first hand experiences and information.