The discipline of the Japanese starts at an early age.
As a teacher in school, we have first hand experience of this during the regular drills they have in school.
When the alarm goes off, it would say – ”Fire” or “Earthquake”….
Everyone would stop what they are doing.
Fire? Earthquake? And depending on the intensity of the earthquake, the action taken varies.
During an earthquake, the children would automatically go under their desks and stay as silent as possible.
When it is a stronger earthquake or a fire – everyone puts on his or her cap, everyone goes out of the school and proceed to the open space outside the school, which is usually the playground. They put on their protective cushion if needed.
Am still amazed with how these children respond, and how they listen to their superiors.
One of the Principals told me – they remember – ”Okashimo”
O for Osanai , Ka for Kakenai, Sh for Shaberenai , Mo – for Modoranai
In English- that would be -
No Pushing, No Running, No talking, and No going back
Each school has it’s own way of letting the kids remember…. in one of the school’s I go to -it’s – Okashimo !
Here are some photos of the drill we had last Sept. 9th.
September 9 or 9.9 in Japanese- reads and sounds as ”Kyu-Kyu” , the word for Emergency.
However, there are other surprise drills during the school year.
These drills are so effective.
It is always best to be prepared, but I do pray that we would never have to experience another earthquake anymore.
Praying for the safety of all the children and everyone in school all year round.