Going to School in Japan

Let’s start with a few facts.  Japan has a population of about 127 million.  Tokyo is the capital city.  Here is a map and the flag of Japan.

The school year starts in April.  To enter Grade One, a student has to be six years of age.  Students learn practically the same subjects as learners in Western Cultures.  The vast majority of Japanese students do not skip school or arrive late for class.

Celebrating Japanese Culture – Haiku Poetry

Haiku, a form of poetry, was first developed over 400 years ago.  It is a well loved Japanese style of poetry and known world-wide.

                              Line 1: 5 syllables or beats

                Line 2: 7 syllables

                Line 3: 5 syllables

Here is an example

Winter is coming.       (5)   Topic is winter

Snow will be arriving soon.  (7)  Something about winter

We should get our skates.   (5)  Your opinion

                                                                                                                                                     1         2   3     4    5                                                                                               Win-ter is  com-ing

                               Topic: Tired Cat

Tired cat sleeps all night.

He needs lots of rest for a

Long day of napping


My homework is late.

My dog ate it this morning.

I sure like my dog.


You will notice that line 1 is a topic:   winter, cat, homework

                             line 2 is about your topic   snow, rest, dog

                             line 3 is your opinion, conclusion ending