FULBRIGHT MEMORIAL PROGRAM
In 2003 I was invited to spend a summer in Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Program recipient. The Fulbright program was established shortly after WW II by Senator Fulbright, who saw an urgent need to establish an exchange program between the people of Japan and the United States. During my visit to Japan we learned all about Japanese government, history, culture and education.
Group of Japanese students on their way to school.
In Japanese classrooms, in addition to teaching, the teacher also manages the students health by accompanying the entire class to the doctor, dentist, etc.
As young 1st grade, these students are responsible for serving lunch to their fellow classmates. Note the aprons, hairnets, and face masks they’re wearing for sanitary purposes.
After lunch, toothbrushes are passed out and everyone brushes their teeth without leaving their seats.
By the time a Japanese students graduates high school, they’re expected to know 13,000 characters used for writing.
Noh is a 14th Century theater presentation where actors wear masks and dance to chanting drums.