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Cool Japanese inspired school bags

Updated on June 28, 2011
A typical Japanese school bag. Think big. Think plain.
A typical Japanese school bag. Think big. Think plain.

Here are more hot school fashion ideas from the global center of cool - Japan!

Many Japanese kids go to school a long way from home, so a school bag to carry stuff to and from school is essential. Since Japanese homes tend to be really small, Japanese kids like to spend as much time outside as possible.

After school shopping expeditions are essential, so a big school bag is essential for carrying stuff bought from trendy stores or things won in amusement arcades.

Plain school bags

Japanese school bags are usually plain and aren't often adorned with manufacturer's logos or other designs. I guess a plain school bag is a kind of fashion brand anti-statement. Of course there's a different explanation - perhaps schools only permit school bags to be plain.

Plain school bags are very popular on the streets of uber-cool Shibuya
Plain school bags are very popular on the streets of uber-cool Shibuya

What is the best type of school bag?

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Big school bags

Do Japanese school kids get more home work than anyone else? Are Japanese school books extremely large? Or do Japanese kids need something big to carry adorable bento boxes their mothers have painstakingly prepared for them to eat at lunchtime?

The only thing a Japanese school bag has to be is BIG! Big school bags are extremely fashionable!

Finding your mobile phone in such a massive bag can be a tremendous problem. The solution is in the form of the mobile phone strap plushie! All Japanese mobile phones have a loop from which you can hang all manner of cute mobile phone strap attachments. Again the main rule is BIG! Mobile phone plushies should normally be larger than the phone itself!

A school bag can never been too big! School bags with long straps can even be worn as pseudo-backpacks
A school bag can never been too big! School bags with long straps can even be worn as pseudo-backpacks
A typical school bag plushie. Whether you like teddy bears or Hello Kitty, make sure your plushie is huge!
A typical school bag plushie. Whether you like teddy bears or Hello Kitty, make sure your plushie is huge!

School bag plushies

Plushies are hugely popular in Japan. You'll see them in UFO Catchers, attached to phones and also attached to school bags.

Ideally you need a massive plushie to attach to your school bag. Big is best when it comes to plushies. Teddy bears are the most popular plushies for attaching to school bags. Alternatives are the cute Hello Kitty (here are some adorableĀ Hello Kitty plushies).

Plushies are also for guys - what better way to appeal to girls by showing her you love cute things? A good plushie for guys is the loveable monster Domo-Kun. Here's a few Domo-Kun stuff toys you can buy online.

School backpacks

An alternative to the regulation big school bag is a rucksack or backpack. Rucksacks are especially popular with smaller kids. As with bags, backpacks are often large. Sometimes they are nearly as big as the kid themselves!

The Japanese are obsessed with all things cute. A small kid will usually have a rucksack that is extremely cute! Rucksacks shaped like Hello Kitty or other popular characters are especially popular.

Remember that pink = cute, so you can't really go wrong by buying a pink backpack.

Another gift idea for a girl is a Hello Kitty lunchbox - just perfect for fitting inside that big school bag.

For smaller kids a backpack is ideal for school. Pink backpacks are especially cute!
For smaller kids a backpack is ideal for school. Pink backpacks are especially cute!
OK so she's never going to be allowed to dress like this for school, but this girl's bear backpack has to be the cutest thing ever!
OK so she's never going to be allowed to dress like this for school, but this girl's bear backpack has to be the cutest thing ever!
A waterproof school bag is essential for the rainy Japanese climate
A waterproof school bag is essential for the rainy Japanese climate
Sports bags are also popular so a school girl might have to carry two or more bags!
Sports bags are also popular so a school girl might have to carry two or more bags!
A document carrier is also useful for carrying projects and other really important school work
A document carrier is also useful for carrying projects and other really important school work
Left school already? The fashion for massive shoulder bags is great at any age!
Left school already? The fashion for massive shoulder bags is great at any age!

Big bag or rucksack? Which is best? Any other comments? Post them here:

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    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      These plushie backpacks are adorable!

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