Young people have big influence on society. In order to know trend, we should focus on their actions, especially actions of University students.
University students have unique culture. Among them, this page focus on four things.
1. Hair color
Most University students in Japan dye own their hair when they enter University.
When they are freshmen, they tend to dye their hair colorful. Many students in University have been light hair once at least. Freshman often change hair color. They want to try dye their hair with various colors.
Though, as their grade in school advanced, there are many students who have undertone hair and dark roots. It means they prefer to nearly original hair color, or they do not have enough money to go hair salon.
They tend to get dark brown hair, not black. Many Japanese students have a resistance to dye black color because black is the strongest color. If someone color black hair, it is not easy to be light hair at next time. Many of them avoid to color black hair.
Moreover, in Japan, many high schools have very strict school rules because Japanese regard act in a group as important. It is one of the most important things to live in Japan. If someone do not act in a group, he gets scorched by teacher and is regarded as a little strange. There are many school rules in Japan which do not allow to dye student’s hair. Therefore, most of the high school students have black hair which color is their original hair color.
On the other hand, there are some schools which allow to have hair colored. These schools do not have strict school rules, so students in these schools can enjoy school life without strict rules. They are envy of other high school students because they look to be freedom.
In Japan, however, high school students who have dyed hair color are regarded rough, not serious. One of the reasons is other people misunderstand them. It means other people deem the students who has dyed hair not to keep their school rules.
Therefore, many Japanese high school students are released from strict rules when they graduate from their school. In University, there is no strict rules. They start to do banded things such as dyed own hair and getting own ear pierced. It can also be said that these actions are sign to be free.
In Japan, friends who just say hello are called “Yottomo”. The word is complex word. “Yo” means “Hi” and “Tomo” means “friend” in English
In University, there are many people like you have never met. They are attractive people for you. It gives many chances to get friendly with many people, so University is one of the best places to make friends. Someone can make best friend in their life. Naturally, not everyone can make best friends.
There are some people who do not get along with very much. When you meet such friends, they just say hello, or they are passing acquaintances each other. They are not familiar to talk what is into lately. Most of them have no common subject. People meet “Yottomo” and they feel little awkward because they have no conversation of topic.
Furthermore, their bond each other is not tight. Their relationship becomes less contacted with them as time passes. Particularly, it is more becoming tenuous relationship after long vacation such as summer and spring. Gradually, they do not say hello each other. It means they become less then friends, so they are acquaintances.
Despite the fact, Yottomo have connections on social media. If they do not talk on face to face for a long time, they can know what they are doing now throughout SNS. It is odd relationship because they know details information without very familiar relationship. It can be said these odd relationship make awkward feelings when they meet.
Have you ever seen students in similar clothes at university?
University students tend to wear similar clothes or have the same brand bag. I focus on women.
Regarding women’s clothes, they wear a denim jacket, gaucho pants, a tight skirt and a boa jacket. Moreover, many of the patterns have a check and one of some colors is gray.
Referring to shoes, students like converse or new balance.
About bag, they have some brands of “niko and…” and “coen”. Many people had these bags in a period and you may have seen them everywhere at least once.
There are several reasons why clothes to be similar. The first is that students are sensitive to the latest trends, and then they tend to take up a fashion.
The second is the influence of their friends. Clothes are resemble by friends often together and behavior.
The third is that some students may have a feeling that they do not want to the presence that they stand out among friends. This is one of the Japanese characters. Japanese like working together and act with everyone. In short, Japanese tend to do a collective action.
Have you ever heard “Chai-go”, “Supe-go” and “Fura- go”?
These words are an abbreviation of a second foreign language. “Chai-go” means “Chinese”, “Supe-go” means “Spanish” and “Fura-go” is “French”. When students call a subject of it, they shorten the name.
There are some other unique words which students use. One is “Tsunda”. The mean is “there is hopeless”, “It finished” or “Game over”. When students are in an exam period, they use it. Moreover, when they forget to bring an important issue, they use it.
Another word is “Wanchan”. This is the abbreviation of one chance. The mean is maybe or possibly. When students decide to the plan to go out, but it is uncertain because of class, they use it. If there is no class, they can go out.
Next is another type of word. It is “Otsukare”. Have you ever heard or said “Otsukare” at University? When students pass by each other in university, they say it. We can use it without selecting time and place.
Even if you are not tired, students say this word. The major reason is a circle, club or part time job. In these situations, many students say “Otsukare “. A senior speaks to a junior and then use it.