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Posted 3/28/18 , edited 3/28/18
I have been watching anime for 3 years now. A great many of them have been middle or high school based. I am amazed at how simliar they are to my own school experiences. I don't remember festivals every year or Gestapo like school government, but otherwise, pretty similar. What I just realized that I haven't seen is school dances. Ouran High School Host Club had dances, but they were sponsored by the club, not the school, so I don't think they count. So, I am wondering do they have dances in Japan? Do they have junior and senior proms or the like?
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Posted 3/28/18 , edited 3/28/18
Proms might be an American thing. Because I don't think Japan has something like that or anything similar.
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It doesn't happen often in UK schools either, except where a particular school has copied the American trend they have seen in film and television.

My school had a leaving party they branded as a "prom" but I couldn't be bothered going so I have no idea whether it was anything close to what you have in the USA.
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I'm beginning to wonder if America is the "party country" or something. there are parties, dances, and other things to celebrate "something" end of the year, seasonal... as Japan doesn't have proms and other school dances there are festivals and the likes that have dancing to them, just about every festival actually... there's also dance classes and other related things for ceremonies and festivals but nothing related to prom.

bonus: life in Japan is more focused on education and getting ahead in life than worried over dances, end of year and so forth. every so often they have major tests that will either reveal will they be a loser in elementary or middle school or even able to go to college. failing and you're a failure, it's taboo but it happens. in other words they don't speak of it and they don't let others aware, but, trust me, if you fail too soon in life, you're pretty much doomed. thus why, suicide is considered an honor, a means of bringing respect back to your family. often done when said children fail certain exams, but not limited to such cases since suicide is supper common in Japan. very high stats and studies, after all there is this forest...
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I'm beginning to wonder if America is the "party country" or something. there are parties, dances, and other things to celebrate "something" end of the year, seasonal... as Japan doesn't have proms and other school dances there are festivals and the likes that have dancing to them, just about every festival actually... there's also dance classes and other related things for ceremonies and festivals but nothing related to prom.

bonus: life in Japan is more focused on education and getting ahead in life than worried over dances, end of year and so forth. every so often they have major tests that will either reveal will they be a loser in elementary or middle school or even able to go to college. failing and you're a failure, it's taboo but it happens. in other words they don't speak of it and they don't let others aware, but, trust me, if you fail too soon in life, you're pretty much doomed. thus why, suicide is considered an honor, a means of bringing respect back to your family. often done when said children fail certain exams, but not limited to such cases since suicide is supper common in Japan. very high stats and studies, after all there is this forest...


Whoa, Jeez, That's kind of dark. Here I am thinking that is where neets came from. Now I feel sad. I don't think you have the correct concept of school dances in the US. I don't think I would use the word "party" to describe them. I associate the word "party" with the word "fun". School dances are not fun.

To give a male perspective, I would like to steal a routine from a stand up comedian. I've tried to remember his name but I can't. So, the routine is: "Men don't like to dance. If men liked to dance, they would dance with other men. Men will only dance if they think, somehow, sex will be involved." It's funny because it is true. So, the jist is that men don't like dances. They are viewed as an opportunity to humilate oneself in front of a big chunk of their dating pool. Something to be avoided. But if your mom makes you go, or your girlfriend makes you go, you have to suck it up and deal with it.

I think school dances can be best described as being tests of the progress one has made in their social education. While ones academic education predicts future financial success, ones social education predicts future happiness. Looking back on my life, I think the social education was probably the more important of the two and I wish I paid more attention to it.

So, the school dance tests are pass/fail. If someone dances with you, you pass. If no one dances with you, you are a failure. You can bring a date to hedge the bet, but if you just hang with your buddies and don't dance, you're still a failure and your date will break up with you. The 7th thru 10th grade school dances are preliminaries. The Junior Prom is the mid-term, and the Senior Prom is the final. If you don't go to the Senior Prom, or if you go, but no one dances with you, then you are a complete and utter failure as a human being, doomed to die alone and bitter, always on the outside looking in, never to know a moment of happiness for the rest of your life.

So, the week before the ticket sales to the Senior Prom are cut off, pandemonium errupts. Any girl without a date will drop her standards to the floor and start asking boys to take her to the dance. So, effectively, if you can't get a date to the Prom, you really are un-dateable. That's really depressing. All, in all, it is a cruel ritual and the Japanese are smart not to indulge in it.

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Posted 3/30/18 , edited 3/30/18

flashsmith wrote:

To give a male perspective, I would like to steal a routine from a stand up comedian. I've tried to remember his name but I can't. So, the routine is: "Men don't like to dance. If men liked to dance, they would dance with other men. Men will only dance if they think, somehow, sex will be involved." It's funny because it is true. So, the jist is that men don't like dances. They are viewed as an opportunity to humilate oneself in front of a big chunk of their dating pool. Something to be avoided. But if your mom makes you go, or your girlfriend makes you go, you have to suck it up and deal with it.



Or impress a significant portion, if you're a half full kind of person.
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Posted 3/30/18 , edited 3/30/18
They have school and sports festivals. Plus that end of the year bon fire dance you see in every high school anime. I don't think it's a thing that every school does. I know my wife didn't have anything like a prom or dance at her school.
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zangeif123 wrote:
They have school and sports festivals. Plus that end of the year bon fire dance you see in every high school anime. I don't think it's a thing that every school does. I know my wife didn't have anything like a prom or dance at her school.


Yeah, no school in my country lights a bunch of stuff on fire and dances around it once a year. Although we really should as that sounds far more interesting than anything we did in school.

I don't remember much in the way of dances or the importance of said dances. We had sports festivals up till middle school. Prom was a big event sure but not on the cultural level that it is in the States.
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Posted 3/30/18 , edited 3/31/18
Flashsmith , the dance move in question is the Horizontal Mamba ...
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Posted 3/31/18 , edited 3/31/18
The have a big school festivals like you see in animes where they have food booths etc.
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No they don't they have festivals but they have something like a homecoming dance or prom
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Yeah if you have watched enough, they have cultural, sports, and school club festivals, some last 3-5 days. Seems way cooler and more fun than a bad dance with bad music.
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Posted 18 days ago , edited 18 days ago

tise1983 wrote:
Seems way cooler and more fun than a bad dance with bad music.


This.
Ten million times.
I like dancing and hated school dances
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Not that I'm aware of.
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I guess the hookie pookie is not what it's all about in Japan
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