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Term Description


Graduation book and diploma

Japanese schools hold many ceremonies throughout the year:

  • Shigyoushiki (始業式) - opening ceremony, to mark the beginning of a school semester
  • Shuugyoushiki (終業式) - closing ceremony, to mark the end of a school semester
  • Nyuugakushiki (入学式) - entrance ceremony for new students entering their first year at a given school
  • Sotsugyoushiki (卒業式) - graduation ceremony for students who have completed school
    • for Kindergarten (幼稚園), this is called Sotsuenshiki (卒園式)


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  1. 1. A slang expression for Kouhai.
  2. 2. A gullible, especially naive or pitiful subordinate JET.*

*As coined by Laura Delamare



Coordinator for International Relations

There are three CIR(s) in Kobe City. Two of them work in the Guidance Division of Kobe City Board of Education in Building 3 and double as Prefectural Advisor(s). One of them works in the Office of the Mayor in Building 1.



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The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations

Content Editor


A role which allows the user to:

  • add any new content, including the normal term(s), information, lesson(s), etc. as well as announcement(s), event(s), and official document(s)
  • update existing content, even authored by other user(s)
Content types


The basic information content types on KobeJET.

Cram School


A traditional building-style cram school

A place where students go for additional academic support after regular school hours. Especially common for studying for entrance exams.

Culture Festival


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Held every year during the fall (typically October/November), it's a special open school event in which students display their school work, especially any artistic achievements, throughout different rooms in the school. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to see what their children have been working on, as well as for former teachers to say hello and see how much their former pupils have matured. In junior high school, students also sing in chorus with their grade, the brass band club performs various musical pieces, and the student council makes a special presentation/performance.

In high school, each class runs their own booth or activity (such as cafes, haunted houses, plays, game shows, etc.) from start to finish, planning and making materials with little teacher intervention. Extracurricular clubs also run a booth/activity. The event is typically held on a Saturday for junior high schools, and is an official work day. ALTs are usually expected to attend (sometimes even perform, although that is rare), and they should be offered compensatory leave (daikyuu) on the following Monday. (If that is not possible due to scheduliing conflicts with ES, ALTs can negotiate a different day to take daikyuu.) If you are a high school ALT, please ask your school for more information about scheduling. At elementary schools, they hold a similar event called Ongakkai.

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