Japan

School girls in Japan

Throughout the world, a five day school week, followed by a two day weekend is a norm. But in Japan, a six day school week was a standard until 2002. Sounds like a nightmare for a person living in Western Civilization. However, Japanese public seems to differ.

Mount Mihara volcano

In 1933 a 21-year-old Kiyoko Matsumoto fell in love with fellow Jissen Women’s University student, Masako Tomita. Same sex relationships were a taboo in Japanese culture at the time. Matsumoto decided to end her life by jumping into the crater of active volcano, Mount Mihara on the Japanese fishing island of Izu ƌshima.

Actor Mark Hamill

Our beloved Star Wars actor, Luke Skywalker himself (also known as Mark Hamill) attended Nile C. Kinnick High School in Japan. The school is located in Yokosuka Naval Base nowadays, but back then it was in Yokohama (second largest city in Japan today).