Japanese High School – 5/6 – School Festival

After my first week of lessons, the students had to get ready for the school festival. This is a major event in Japan. They’re usually held in September. All students must participate and do something to contribute to the school festival. I had no classes for a full week. I spent the majority of my time walking around the school and joking around with the students. I did a lot of arm wrestling with the yanki, delinquent boys.

There were different kinds of performances, games, and cultural seminars.

Some performances were dances. The girls definitely watch MTV. They danced in sexually provocative ways, wore makeup, and dressed in skimpy costumes just like in rap music videos. I was surprised the teachers allowed it. The girls danced really well, too.

My favorite performance was a play. The class acted a 20 minute horror on stage in the gym. All the lights were out, and the story and music were creepy. It was so scary a few girls passed out during the climax scene. The story and music reminded me of Silent Hill.

Most of the games were really similar to the games you would play at an amusement park. There was a homerun derby, basketball, fishing, diving in a pool of newspapers to find the Dragon Balls, and whatever else.

The cultural classes were Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and manga illustration. I went to the tea ceremony one. They taught us how to drink Japanese matcha the proper way.

The festival was held on a Friday. People who couldn’t attend on Friday could see the exact same show on Saturday. Most parents and students from other schools came on Saturday. I remember this Saturday was really hot. Several students and adults passed out from heat stroke.


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