Sunday, July 4, 2010

Naraigoto ~Culture Lesson of Japanese kids~

Naraigoto is culture lesson or after-school lesson in Japanese.
These are the famous lessons many Japanese kids are learning.

1: English Lesson
There are many English lesson class for kids in Japan, but actually there are few Japanese who can speak English in the usual elementary or junior highschool.
Japanese school teach all  subject in Japanese and English class is set just as optional class.

2: Swimming School
Swimming school is one of the standard lesson for kids.

3:Piano Class
Piano will be the most famous class of music.

4: Calligraphy
Calligraphy has been losing popularity but it was a standard lesson in the past.

5: Abacus
Likewise Calligraphy, it has been losing popularity. Everything is changing to digital now.

6: Classical Ballet
Classical Ballet is said to be made girl good figure.

7: Soccer  / Baseball
In the past, there were kids baseball teams more than kids soccer teams but soccer is getting popular after the establishment of J-League(Japanese soccer League)in 1993.

Sometimes kids are affected by something and start learning it, as
start learning figure skating after seeing Vancouver Olympic or start
learning tennis after seeing anime "Tennis no oujisama".
Many kids may start learning soccer seeing world cup game (^^)/

Now there are so many lessons other than these lessons like "Dance", "Computer", "Painting", "Cooking Class", "Karate", "Boxing", "Rugby" etc...
What kind of Lesson are there in other countries?
Kids have a lot of opportunity to recognize what they like or what sense do they have.

FYI, the No1 lesson was not in the above classes. No1 lesson was cram-school.
Average monthly cost for culture lesson is about ¥5,000 for 1 subject and the total cost of culture lesson is about ¥10,000yen per month, and the average cost for cram-school is ¥10,000~¥30,000 per month.

Many Japanese kids are crammed in the cram-school after the school...

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  1. This was really interesting! In Japan, is the "naraigoto" something that all parents are required to do or is it optional? When I have kids, I would love to have them do something like that! ^_^
    I remember that when I was a kid, I was influenced very easy, too. haha. My dad used to take me to American football, soccer, and baseball games often, so I started playing those sports after I saw them because they looked so fun. :)
    I had no idea that the cram school was so expensive! I guess because the cost of living in Tokyo is so high, it maybe isn't as much as it seems, but still!

  2. John,
    Naraigoto is optional but many kids are learning many things.
    If there are fun and hot American football team in Japan, there will be more American football player in Japan.
    Cram school is expensive comparing to other monthly charge as clothes, eating, father's hobby... but priority of cram school is high.
    As you know, everything in Tokyo is soooooo expensive, I always feel so when traveling abroad.
    Thanks for your comment!!!