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« on: October 27, 2017, 11:26:09 pm »

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/27/japanese-student-sues-over-schools-order-to-dye-hair-black

I know this exists but here in Tokyo, the students have a special marking on their ID's indicating they have naturally brown hair.

And you think they're worried about North Korea.
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 12:11:26 am »

Kinda crazy...are these actual dress codes?

I could understand that by referring to have their hair 'black' they mean non-dyed as mayority of asian people have that color.  Maybe is a remnant from way back before Japan opened more to the world? (And hence there was little gene mixing)
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 12:59:20 am »

Kinda crazy...are these actual dress codes?

I could understand that by referring to have their hair 'black' they mean non-dyed as mayority of asian people have that color.  Maybe is a remnant from way back before Japan opened more to the world? (And hence there was little gene mixing)

According to people I've talked with, there've always been people with brown hair but they are in an extreme minority. But the rules are real. The dress codes encourage conformity and deemphasize fashion so as to apply those energies to their studies.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 01:26:46 am »

According to people I've talked with, there've always been people with brown hair but they are in an extreme minority. But the rules are real. The dress codes encourage conformity and deemphasize fashion so as to apply those energies to their studies.

Oh, so there are japanese with natural brown...didn't know that.  The part about dress codes in order to channel energies into studies I have heard of.  Dunno about encouraging conformity, I thought they were so that students wouldn't ostracize each other regarding their social stance (reflected on what they would wear)

Still kinda odd, specially if the dye causes problems to the kids. Seems counter-intuitive.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2017, 03:08:19 am »

Dunno about encouraging conformity, I thought they were so that students wouldn't ostracize each other regarding their social stance (reflected on what they would wear)

Still kinda odd, especially if the dye causes problems to the kids. Seems counter-intuitive.

Clothes don't represent social stances (goth, jock, nerd) like they do in western countries. Wearing the same clothes/uniform puts you on the same team. It's as simple as saying that this school is one unit, that x homeroom is one unit. You'll see this at play when they prepare for Culture Day and Sports Festival. The teachers have no active part, the students arrange everything and compete with each other as teams or homerooms. To distinguish one group from another they wear the same outfits, t-shirts, hairstyle, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 04:24:49 am »

Been to Tokyo twice, what fun -- Shinjuku, 24 Kaikan, etc.  As far as the school allegiance concept, there's always...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale_(film)

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 02:23:35 am »

Very nervous when it comes to Japan.  My husband's niece is in the Navy and is stationed in Okinawa.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2017, 01:52:58 am »

I can't believe it but I just found a manga depicting the same thing in the OP.

Discipline week.  Students are bound to come perfectly dressed and indeed, those with brown hair are expected to dye it black! o.o

Apparently there are 1 day dyes for these events.  Still, kinda apalled that if this practice is something regular, there would be harmful products to the kids health.
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