At the Higashihikari Elementary School in Kyoto, a robot exchange student enrolls to show kids that the puny human brain is no match for cold robot circuitry.
A Kanagawa high school teacher fails to woo a student with an original love song.
One of Japan’s major cosplay suppliers, Cospa, has released a list of their ten top selling costumes in 2012 and, continuing the theme of Japan’s questionable obsession with school girls, eight of the ten are school uniforms.
Reuters reports from a mascot school in Tokyo that teaches students dancing, walking styles and how to play to the crowd for ¥2000 an hour. Founder Choko Oohira says she is “horrified by the low standard of mascots across Japan”, and revealed that “the art is to become the character”. With the array of animal costumes on show, we imagine this mainly involves lots of leg humping and the occasional bloodbath.
1,600 high school girls are taking part in the Kanto Miss JK beauty contest, with online votes deciding which contestants will make the final in Shibuya on December 27th. The competition has been met with scorn on the internet, though strangely for the lack of girls that actually look like high school students, and not for the inherent creepiness of ranking their physical appearance.