Shaved Eyebrows Banned


School bans four students with shaved eyebrows from opening day ceremony

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The Mainichi Shinbun reports today that four new junior high school students were banned from attending an opening day ceremony at a school in Kagoshima in April because they had shaved their eyebrows.

Officials from the Hishikari Junior High School said the four girls were excluded from the ceremony because “We wanted to show them how important it is to stick to the rules.”

The officials decided that shaved or short eyebrows were unacceptable.

“In a pre-enrollment meeting, I explained the school’s requirements regarding appearance and uniforms, but they did not abide by these instructions, so I decided that it would be difficult for the four to take part,” principal Toshinori Hoka was quoted in the article.

The girls were made to wait outside during the ceremony. They were allowed to take part in all other events that day to mark their entrance into junior high school

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what in the world does shaved eyebrows have to do with their education? funny how schools care about the way you look but dont care about whether or not a student is not understanding the ciriculum. (i hate spelling. sorry)
Jun 21, 2005 (6822 days ago)
Yes, you are right. But Japanese education is less about teaching particular subjects than about making their students members of “Japanese society”.
Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 21, 2005 (6822 days ago)
Agreed. But I imagine Japan is similar to Britain and some schools stricter than others, plus the students portray an image on the school (hence why one of my friends got suspended for a few days at the end of term for dying his hair blue).
Aug 9, 2005 (6773 days ago)
Why are they shaving their eyebrows anyway? Nothing screams “drag-queen” to me more than a drawn-on eyebrow. That is, assuming they are drawing one in its place…
Aug 29, 2005 (6753 days ago)
They only shave them. There is no drawing…
Kjeld Duits (author)
Aug 29, 2005 (6753 days ago)


Sep 17, 2006 (6369 days ago)

What the effin’ heck does that even got to do with education? How gay.

Oct 9, 2006 (6347 days ago)

i think shaving ur eyebrows is a stupid thing to do. u know i dont get y gurls do it? But thst is their own choice to do that to themselves. so i think that they should jus let them be!!!!

Jan 12, 2007 (6252 days ago)

some grlz (like me) r very insecure about thier eyebrows

Apr 19, 2007 (6155 days ago)

Stupid thing I would say. The schools seem to be influencing the way fashion is evolving in japan in a very COMUNIST way. The only one who should decide if one should shave their eyebrows is only that person, and not someone who should just take care of the students education.
It is so normal for girls to shave their eyebrows. I’m very dissapointed about this.

May 14, 2007 (6131 days ago)

Visual kei artists and idol singers do this as well, so I assume this is why the girls do it, and the schools ban it?

Just a thought.

May 19, 2007 (6125 days ago)

how stupid.
i used to shave my eyebrows too.
and it has nothing to do with education, they never banned me from anything. most people said it looked pretty. so what’s that schools problem?

Jun 2, 2007 (6111 days ago)

That’s ridiculous.
What they look like shouldn’t have to effect their education or make them excluded from events.
What a tight ass school.

Jun 10, 2007 (6103 days ago)

They usually deem that kind of thing as distracting. That’s why schools ban things like that and certain hairstyles and colors. It’s really stupid though, because it doesn’t even cause a distraction. Maybe the first day, but it’s the same thing when someone gets a haircut.

I find it more distracting to see a girl with five layers of makeup caked on their face, then some strange hairstyle/color/lack of eyebrows (all of which friends have done)

It’s really pathetic, because all it really teaches is that being creative, unique, and expressive is wrong.

Jun 11, 2007 (6103 days ago)

stupid. crazy.

Jan 13, 2009 (5520 days ago)

I used to shave my eyebrows, but its only because I couldn’t afford to get them done properly. If the girls were smart they would just cut themselves a fringe to cover where you shaved your eyebrows. It worked for me. Except I looked retarted.

May 24, 2009 (5389 days ago)

Is it like…a status thing?
I thought it was just fashionable. Some schools are just too strict…I like the subtle differences in people

Sep 12, 2009 (5278 days ago)

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