Blackboards in the west, hallways in the north: Japanese school layouts spark online discussion

Are all Japanese schools designed the same way???

Just as Japanese society is largely homogeneous, so are many schools, with inherent commonalities. elementary, juniorand Senior secondary schools.

This is perhaps most evident with things like uniforms – yellow hats and randoseru backpacks for elementary students, sailor blouses for middle school students, and blazers for high school ones.

▼ A typical primary school student.

However, one element that tends to go unnoticed, even by the students themselves, is the way schools are designed, with consideration often given to the way classrooms are arranged.

The subject was revealed recently on Twitter, when a Twitter user @kotatuyukkuri shared the tweet below.

The tweet, which received more than 86,000 likes, reads:

“I suddenly remembered that when I was in the third grade of elementary school and learning the instructions in social studies class, I couldn’t remember the instructions at all.
The vice principal visited our classroom and told us, “Each school has blackboards in the west, verandas in the south, lockers in the east, and corridors in the north.”
This comment was revolutionary.

As soon as the tweet was shared, it created another revolution as people in Japan started thinking back to their old schools and how they were created.

▼ To make things a little easier to visualize, here is the type of room layout described by the assistant director.

Many online commentators were quick to claim that their classrooms align with this layout, and some even gave interesting reasons for that as well:

“I’ve heard that this setup allows sunlight to enter from the south so it doesn’t create shadows when right-handed students take notes.”

“If the blackboard is on the west side, it shields it from the glare of the afternoon sun so students can still see it easily.”

“If the verandahs (or windows) were to face north, light would enter the classrooms from the side of the corridor, casting shadows on the notebooks of right-handed students. Since most students are right-handed, the verandas are designed to be on the south side.

“Incidentally, the bookcases face north (or at least in a position to avoid the setting sun in the west) to protect the books from sun damage.”

While the vast majority of reviewers agreed that their schools aligned with this configuration, some said their schools were designed differently:

“My son’s elementary school had an unconventional shape due to the topography.”

“Our school had its windows facing north, but that was because you could see Mount Fuji and the cherry blossoms from that direction.”

“I think the old schools generally apply to the rule you mentioned. These days it’s not always possible to build in a regular way depending on the terrain.

The comment about old schools sticking to the same layout mentioned by the vice principal all those years ago seems to carry a lot of weight, as one commenter mentioned:

“My father told me that before the war, if pilots lost their bearings in the air, they looked at a school to regain their sense of direction. Nowadays the layout is not so stable, so it wouldn’t be possible anymore.

Although the layout of schools may have changed more recently, due to urbanization and shrinking lot sizes, the majority of comments indicated that many classrooms were still laid out using the landscaping method. old school.

The revelation that it was not pure coincidence but a thoughtful design principle surprised many, who were left with a warm sense of gratitude to the planners behind it. This is just one of the many reasons why nostalgia for the good old school days holds a big place in people’s hearts, and why the classroom remains a popular setting for manga and anime stories.

So the next time you watch a school scene from your favorite animated series, why not take a closer look at how the classroom has been laid out? Does this conform to the arrangement described above? And what was your experience in Japanese schools, or in schools in your own country? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Twitter/@kotatuyukkuri Going through Hachima Kikou
The featured image: Pakutaso
Insert images: Pakutaso (1, 2, 3)

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