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Getting Ready for Japanese Elementary School


(AIKO) Hello, world! Where I’m from in Japan, this is what school supplies is like. (SHIN) We would use this at school. You use it when your hands are wet. Like this… and stuff. And when you’re like sweating you can do like this or something. And we need to use that at school. And we need to do it at “sōji”, when you’re cleaning up the school. And this is “kyūsho ku” and we can eat. (GREG) “Kyūsho ku” is “lunch”, right?
(SHIN) Yeah, lunch. (GREG) And that’s the mat for your food?
(SHIN) Yup. (GREG) OK. Next.
(SHIN) Wait. (GREG) Oh, you’re gonna fold it like that?
(SHIN) And if the Kyūsho ku is done, you need to like do sōji. You need to clean up!
And this is our shoes. And we have mosaicked it. (GREG) There is no mosaic. We just taped that.
(SHIN) No. It’s mosaicked. It’s mosaicked. (GREG) So, can you wear normal shoes at school?
(SHIN) Mmm… No. (GREG) Are those special shoes that you have to wear at school?
(SHIN) Yup. You use this at “taiiku” (“taiiku kan”) (GREG) So “taiiku kan” is like “gym”, right?
(SHIN) Yeah, the gym. And you put your name here. (GREG) OK. Let’s see the outfit. No. Don’t eat it. (SHIN) And this is your hat. (GREG) That’s two colors, right?
(SHIN) Yup. My team is white. My sister’s is red. The first time was white, but she turned red, so I need to ___ for now. (AIKO) No.
(SHIN) Yes. (GREG) How do you make it white?
(SHIN) You just put it like this. (GREG) OK. Wear it. (GREG) Now you’re white. (SHIN) Yup. (GREG) Ok.
(SHIN) I’m now… red. (GREG) Ah. Ok. Yeah.
(AIKO) I know how to do Ultraman. (GREG) Ok.
(SHIN) Ultraman! (SHIN) My sister is gonna do Ultraman. (AIKO) I think I… wait…
(SHIN) Ultraman. (AIKO) How do you do it again? And then you go… you go… this. And then you go this. And then you put this. And you first… hang this And again… (SHIN) Aw! Come on! (AIKO) Like… Wait, wait, wait… I don’t know!
(SHIN) Nya, nya! (GREG) OK. Let’s…
(AIKO) Let’s… wait, wait… Cut the Ultraman part out. (GREG) OK.
(SHIN) Cut the Ultraman, nya! (GREG) So that’s an extra bag in case your other bags get full?
(SHIN) Uh… maybe. Oh! I forgot this. This is the ‘gem’ pants. The ‘shim’ pants. (GREG) Gym pants?
(SHIN) Yeah. The gym pants. It can be my ears too. (GREG) Is that how you wear it?
(SHIN) No. My ears. Look! I’m a bunny hop. Bunny. Bunny. Bunny. Buh! (AIKO) So these are our gym clothes. (SHIN) I’m gonna tell you how to put your gym clothes in a gym bag. You need to do like this first. Open the bag. Then just put it in. Done. If an earthquake comes, you can put it on. (GREG) Earthquake! What do you do on an earthquake?
(SHIN) (in high pitched voice) Aaaaaaah! Aaaah! (in high pitched voice) Aaaah! Aaaah! Aaaaaaaah!
(in normal voice) Done. And I’m gonna put this on again. (GREG) Why?
(SHIN) For fun. (GREG) That’s the wrong one, Shin.
(SHIN) I know. So this will make the comfort body.
(squeaks involuntarily) (GREG) “Comfort body (imitates sound).” It’ll make it softer, right?
(SHIN) Yeah, softer. (AIKO) It’s not like that, Shin. It’s the other one. (GREG) Shin, earthquake is happening. What do you do? Where do you go? (AIKO) Under the chair! (GREG) OK. Brush?
(SHIN) Yeah. Paint. And this is our towel. So this is the paint box. You put the paint in this side. You put water. Then you put this in the BAAAAAG. And then close it with one second. ONE!!! Done. So this is the piano. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (AIKO) Wait, wait! ♪ ♪ I know a funny hymn. OK. You blow it.
Ready? Go. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (SHIN) Batman! This is our box.
(GREG) Yeah. What’s this for? (SHIN) For our stuff. So this is our crayons. This is the origami and we have like one hundred of them. So this is our “ichinensei sansū” (GREG) So it’s the mathematics for first grade?
(SHIN) Yup. (gasps) Ooh! The kitty cat books. (GREG) Where did you get those from?
(SHIN) The school. This is my sissors. Ooh! Shiny! Cutty! My “jōgi”. This is one big yen a bag. And this is our seaweed. Next: our tape. Our “sansū” blocks. We can use it like this. And we can… like how much blocks we have. And we can count them. (GREG) So you use that in first grade?
(SHIN) Yup. I’m a robot. And this is our stuff. Yes! This is our book. This is our book. This is our book. (GREG) “Keisan”. That’s mathematics.
(SHIN) Yeah. Math. And this is our reading book, or something. (GREG) OK.
(SHIN) A reading book. This is our “jiyūchō”
(GREG) What’s “jiyūchō”? (SHIN) You can draw anything you want.
(GREG) Oh! OK. (SHIN) And do not look here. Yeah. And this is our “kanji”. (GREG) OK. (SHIN) For our people. And this is kanji. And this is “kokugo”. (GREG) That’s Japanese.
(SHIN) Yeah. And this is “renraku”. (GREG) That’s your homework.
(SHIN) Yup. And this is a “kurebako”. This is a jiyūchō again. And this is the “ondoku”. And this is our “dokusho”. It’s reading too. And this is our… (GREG) “Ganbare – Natsuyasumi”
(SHIN) Yes. Ganbare – Natsuyasumi. (GREG) Like “over summer…”
(SHIN) “Holiday homework”. (GREG) Holiday homework. OK. What’s that in there? (SHIN) Shooting star! (slowly) I wish to get a lot of kitty cats. (gasps) We have a lot of kitty cats! And on the other side too! They have more! There is one more! Oh! Yay! Kitty cats! Mh, mh… Kitty cats. This is “huari” and this is the Splatoon squid. This is our alarm. (GREG) And what does it do?
(SHIN) The alarm. It goes “beep”. (GREG) Why do you use that?
(SHIN) For when robbers come. This is a mini “randoseru”. (GREG) And what is in there?
(SHIN) I don’t know. Just paper. (GREG) Paper? Lucky paper?
(SHIN) I don’t know. (SHIN) This is the stuff that I’ll bring to school tomorrow. (AIKO) Thanks for watching! See you next time! Bye! What are school supplies like where you’re from? Hello, world! Where I’m from in Japan, this is… Shin!
(SHIN) (chuckling) (AIKO) Don’t laugh! (GREG) We don’t see your head anymore.
(SHIN) (snickering) Yeah, I know. (GREG) OK. Now it’s on. (AIKO) It’s… the… um… (GREG) What do you wanna say about the shirts?
(AIKO) Uh… (SHIN) AAAAAH!!!
(AIKO) The shirt is a shirt. (SHIN) For… It’s… (GREG) Wait, wait! My… My phone rang. Sorry. Can you do it again?
(SHIN) Aw! Come on! (SHIN) This thing can make the… (GREG) Aw! Come on!
(SHIN) Aw! Come on! (sneezes) (GREG) OK. One more time.
(SHIN) I know a song.
(AIKO) Wait, wait wait! ♪ ♪ (AIKO) (speaks in Japanese)
(SHIN) (chortles) (AIKO) Come on! (SHIN) (still laughing)
(AIKO) Do it. (SHIN) (inhales deeply) (GREG) Why don’t you blow it yourself, Aiko? (AIKO) No. NO! Never! Never! (SHIN) I made this song.
(GREG) Better hurry up! It’s going to… (SHIN) I made this song up.
(GREG) Better hurry up! Hurry up! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (SHIN) (laughs)
(AIKO) (laughs) You made me laugh too, you know?
(GREG) OK. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (SHIN) (laughs)
(GREG) OK. Let’s show the book now. ♪ ♪ (GREG) Shin.
♪——–♪
(AIKO & SHIN) (laugh) (GREG) Shin. Show what’s in the book.
(AIKO & SHIN) (crack up) (AIKO) OK. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (AIKO & SHIN) (laugh) (SHIN) (still laughing) Let’s do that again.
(AIKO) Yeah, yeah. OK. (GREG) Not under your chair.
(SHIN) It is for you to go under the chair. (GREG) OK. Fine! Under your chair. Now you’re not… Now you don’t have your protection. (SHIN) (laughing) Protection.
(GREG) This is horrible. You need more training. (SHIN) Oh, yeah! Yeah! This a move! Aaaah! (GREG) That’s it. Cut!

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100 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Japanese Elementary School

  1. Japanese kids have it lucky they don’t have to struggle with what to wear to school because they have uniforms.

  2. I'm Vietnamese and in primary school we usally have toothbrush and toothpaste in my school. Students in my school must bring pilows and blankets from home until we reach middle school. My school also have bamboo mats for naptime. Every Friday we bring blankets and pilows from school then we put in a bag then we hang on the desk ( but sometimes we put pilows and blankets in the backpack ). After lunch, we must brush our teeth before recess, in Vietnam we using purple pens until we reach middle school. Over beacuse too lazy to comment.

  3. Wow they have so many things, I generally have to keep my books at school unless I study we do have to wear gym clothes grade 6 and up (if it’s a 5/6 split class we don’t have to) we don’t have hats tho

  4. I wish I could be with the perfect angels but my mom does not want to move. Plus we would not understand people and it would be hard to shop and eat outside of America. And how would we turn dollars into yin? It would be hard for us to move…

  5. why's shins face blurred during the first part of tutorial thing, when he's talking about the indoor shoes

  6. I have been watching these videos to stave off an autistic meltdown, and to distract myself, and I have to say, your kids are adorable. I lived in Japan for 5 years when I was born, and I want to go back one day to visit. I have fond memories of my time in Japan, and watching these videos bring them back. Thank you for sharing these!

  7. Ah, I used to have almost all of these as a kid, even though I lived in America, because my mom would school me at home Korean/Japanese style until I was 5. I wasn't great at keeping my things tidy though, so I lost a lot of things.

  8. omg. i just want to be in elementary again and learn fluent japanese so I can go to Japan. Japanese elementary just looks and seems so fun. now i'm in 7th grade and I'm a big kid. WAHHHHHH! well, elementary was still trash for me either way. I'd probably still be stupid

  9. For some of these items, although it looks like a lot, can they be reused each year if they are still in good shape?

  10. Supplies aren’t much different from America in general, just a lot of other stuff. It’s crazy how much stuff they have for their every day!

  11. Why are you suppose to get under something when there is a earthquake?…Wouldn't it make more sense to be outside away from any structure that could crush you or trap you? I'm sure a table wouldn't stop a piece of ceiling from smashing you. It's like that here in the US too.

  12. These kinds of videos have been very helpful for me. We arrived in Japan as an expat family last month (October) and my daughter will start going to Japanese school next spring (Grade 1) and the school supplies list confuses me so much (among so many other things)! we're going to be the only foreign family in school for the coming school year, with zero Japanese 😀 … i try to do my best but sometimes, it's just so overwhelming!

  13. since i'm the beyond age of learning ~ i still paint watercolor ~ watercolor has it own paper ~ draw ~ shoot video ~ take photo ~ help other with tech of this present future ~ so yes we have paint, color maker, Drafting Marker which are pen style with tip 0.8 to hair line 0.05 we have 5 set (we draw a lot) all marker have they own bins as does the paper you want dry to ~ well the glue stick 3 different glues, white, for wood, an wood gel, 2 different super glue, fast (4sec) & quick setting fast(1-2 sec) craft scissors set of 18 each cut different (Kraft Edgers) i found site's with Paper model from Japan to Disney site

  14. I am still wandering and have been searching the comment sections for answers.

    Are Shin and Aiko your biological children? Shin has very similar facial features to you.

    My oh my, both kids are incredibly smart, wel-mannered, adorable, bubbly, humble and loving.

    I cannot wait to visit Japan one day and perhaps settle there for a short term.

    In love with hour family. Cheers to another Fan here! ♥️

  15. In my school, my books (and some notebooks) were left on a shelf for all supplies. We have our own spaces, so it can get a little…messy. Sometimes we bring the books for assignments or exams.

    I used to bring a lunch bag, but now, I put them in my backpack since us 6th graders usually eat inside the classroom.

    One more thing, my school has a lot of talented students. Especially if those are dancers and good at music.

  16. That little boy has character Lol…..just like my little boy and very responsible just like my children and my children is black. I don’t see any difference. Thank you 😊

  17. We have 14 books and 6 files and i complain that my bag is heavy but when i saw the video i thought:"thank you God for giving me only this books"😂just kidding I LOVE JAPAN!!!

  18. They are really… REALLY… Well prepared.
    Also I saw jibanyan, Robonyan and Buchinyan
    And a woomy…
    But yeah, Compared us… They are super well prepared for school and pretty much anything they do in school.
    Also Compared to most children I go to school with.. (see I’m in eighth) Shin is already 20 times more responsible than them.. I am sorta responsible.. I take care of my own laundry and I do clean my room.. But my backpack is pretty unorganized and messy… Also it weighs like 20 pounds and I still run with it.
    Shin however, (I’m pretty sure) has everything organized and has everything he needs for school and has it neatly away for when he leaves.

  19. School supplies differ in the state I live in in USA but for me it is
    – 7 note books for my 7 classes
    – 2 packs of pencils ( mechanical or wooden is fine)
    – 2 pack of ball point red and black pens (each)
    -1 pencil case
    – 7 prong folders
    – colored pencils
    ( we don't wear uniforms btw)
    – markers
    – backpack ofc
    And that's our supply list
    Love from America 🇺🇸

  20. I love you show everything. But, can you expand on the books? The workbooks in particular? I want to learn how to write and read Japanese, but, I want to challenge myself by learning like a child would. I would love to know how I can get a hold of the workbooks as well. Thank you! Love your channels!

  21. Since the incoming school year is getting closer here in the Philippines, I might take some notes on your video, because I have some ideas that I could use for the whole school year.

  22. I enjoy these vlogs very much! I think the manners and responsibilities of the young children is just AMAZING! I believe this is why most adults from Japan are so polite and
    Respectful towards EVERYONE! Just as anything it is taught and a part of everyday life from nursery school on. I would love to
    Travel over seas and japan and Tokyo would be my first stops!!🙏🏼♥️

  23. I get it Disaster prevention hood and the piano and armónica. I found the items interesting. Everything else is similar to my kids school supplies list. Nice video btw. 👏

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  25. It's the same in other Asian country
    Such as China
    But I think Japan has way more than other places
    BTW shin is so sweet and childish

  26. In our school district everything is digital. Students only bring in their laptops or tablets. :(. US education and society can learn a lot from the Japanese. You're doing your kids a tremendous service by raising them in Japan!

  27. In China you need a lot more things which is a DISASTER! BECASUE EVERYDAY YOU HAVE TO BRING EVERYTHING HOME!😤

  28. Thanks a lot for making these types of videos because I chose this for a project at school and instead of researching and reading I can just watch a video and collect information from that.

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