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27 September 2009 @ 08:42 pm
Rules, rules, rules  
As promised, here are some of the rules that Suzugamine students sign up for when they attend:


  • Obviously, they have to wear uniforms. It's all mandated--skirts, shirts, shoes (two kinds) and even official socks with the school seal of them. Winter and summer versions of the uniform. And yes, some of them do hike their skirt up to Revolutionary Girl Utena levels even though it's an all-girls school. There's also an official schoolbag, and an official sportsbag if you're on a team. The main place for individuality is in the choice of pencilcase, folders, and the charms/stuffed animals they hang off their bags.

  • Wearing the uniform outside of school is encouraged (this is actually a rule). This is because in Japan, a school uniform is considered formal clothing, and you can wear one where you'd wear a suit/nice dress in America (assuming you're high-school age, anyway).

  • Hair cannot be colored, dyed, permed, styled, curled, braided, be-ribboned, or above the top of the head. Any student who naturally has brown or curly hair is required to file a "curly hair report" with the school office, otherwise "there may be difficulties." I am not making this up. The only permitted hairstyles are loose, ponytail, or pigtails. Pigtails are pretty common among high-school students, though when they hit college or their twenties they all switch to dying their hair blond. Kind of like America, actually, though Japanese hair means it turns out more a honey-brown color.



鶴姫伝説 was your standard Japanese love story. Boy, girl, boy meets girl, girl receives a vision from a goddess tellling her to take up the sword to defend her village, boy and girl fall in love, boy is killed delivering a message to a rival daimyo, girl hears from best friend who is now daimyo's servant that he gets blind drunk all the time, girl dresses in boy's armor and leads an army to defeat rival daimyo, girl ascends bodily into heaven leaving her armor behind. You know, typical. More seriously, I thought it was pretty neat, though I'm sure there were subtleties of the story that I didn't really understand. It was also a musical, which caught me by surprise.

The band in my current music is pretty neat. It's Finnish folk metal--you can get a good example of one of their songs is Ryyppäjäiset. It's instrumental, but you can get a nice summary of their musical style. Makes me want to play Unreal World again.

Tomorrow is the Suzugamine Sports Festival. That should be fun.
 
 
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q99q99 on September 28th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
That sounds unusually feminist for a Japanese story.

-Hair cannot be colored, dyed, permed, styled, curled, braided, be-ribboned, or above the top of the head. Any student who naturally has brown or curly hair is required to file a "curly hair report" with the school office, otherwise "there may be difficulties." I am not making this up. -

Oh yea, I can't count the number of times in manga when a character has to explain their hair color, and almost always they get picked on for it anyway as a plot point. Didn't know the curled or braided parts but it doesn't surprise me.

I've even heard of an American kid at a Japanese school being told by the teacher he should die his hair black.
dorchadasdorchadas on September 28th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
One of the kids at Suzugamine is half-Russian (and takes almost completely after her Russian mother), and she's allowed to have blond hair with no trouble. So they don't go that far, at least.

I don't know what the other girls say about her, though.

The braided thing is weird, because ~50 years ago, if you were a schoolgirl with long hair it had to be in braided pigtails.

Edited at 2009-09-28 11:20 am (UTC)