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Ah, high school. Acne, gangly limbs, and enough rampaging hormones to give you more shakes than a full pot of coffee. Can’t say I miss it. But by the looks of things, kids in Japan are totally owning high school, and today, hot on the heels of last month’s photo collection, we bring you a selection of photos of high school kids who clearly know how to have a good time.

May we present, in photo form, A Day in the Life of a Japanese High Schooler.

Take it away, guys.


Some of you may look at us high school students as we call into convenience stores to purchase supplies or pass you in the street on our bicycles and think, “Those kids have it easy. They’re always laughing and joking around. They won’t know what’s hit them when they grow up and get a job.”

But I’m here to tell you that high school isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work.

First, there are bottle caps to be collected. We often do this to donate to good causes and provide vaccines for less fortunate people. The next time you see us in 7-Eleven, check out the drinks we’re buying – always the ones with the right bottle tops. This is a very serious business, and the collected caps must always be stacked neatly each week.

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And of course, this being school, there are classes to be taken.

You may say, “Oh, I’m no good with numbers,” or, “I don’t really like sports,” but we have to do them regardless of our feelings, strengths and weaknesses. Here, for example, we study classical paintings and consider their meaning.

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This one seems to describe a time when dinner parties were much more tragic affairs and when being partially naked at the dinner table was not considered rude.

And just because we’re not physically at school doesn’t mean we’re no longer ambassadors for the educational institute to which we belong. So long as we are wearing the uniform, we must do our civic duty and provide the necessary public services.

Here, for example, we entertain a small child we encounter on public transport.


Do not be fooled into thinking we do this for our own amusement. This is work.

There are also strict codes of conduct to be observed. When one of our ranks breaks these rules – be it a failure to stack caps neatly or to make children smile – justice is swiftly served. It is a brutal society we live in, but it must be maintained. 


But there are often unforeseen consequences. Like when a disgruntled brother replaces your bicycle seat with a head of broccoli as an act of vengeance.

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Thankfully, there are always friends around to give us a ride in times such as these.

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We are high schoolers. 

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!


Keep up the great work, kids!

Photos: CuRAZY (Japanese)