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Japanese school uniform

Japan introduced Western style school uniforms in the late 19th century as a part of its modernization program. Today, school uniforms are almost universal in the public and private school systems. They are also used in some Women's colleges.

The Japanese high school uniform traditionally consists of a military style uniform for boys and a sailor dress (sailor fuku) for girls. The uniforms are based on Meiji era formal military dress, themselves modelled on european-style naval uniforms. The omnipresent school uniform seems to be permanently fixed into Japanese culture. Stylized school uniforms are prominent for instance in the Japanese comic Sailor Moon, or in Card Captor Sakura. Different schools in Japan are known for their particular uniform--trading cards and pictorial books can be purchased featuring attractive you girls modelling the different styles.

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