Omi, Y. (2015)

Omi, Y.(尾見康博 (2015).
The potential of the globalization of education in Japan: The Japanese style of school sports activities (Bukatsu).
Educational contexts and borders through a cultural lens.
ISBN: 978-3-319-18764-8
A series of culturally shocking events have happened around me since I returned to Japan after a two-and-a-half year experience in the United States with my family. I have readjusted to the size of dishes and drinks, the driving lane, the punctuality, and the working styles. The school environment surrounding my children, however is still frustrating me,although it appears that their education is proceeding well. 
This chapter will introduce bukatsu, which is a unique school sport activity in Japan and one of the most frustrating things for me, along with a junior high school environment, to show an aspect of Japanese culture. It does not adopt a style of cross-cultural studies on physicaI education  (e.g.,Pühse and Gerber 2005) to avoid a superficial comparison of different societies.  On the basis of an autoethnographic study (Ellis et al. 2012) on bukatsu, some tasks of the globalization of education in Japan wiII be discussed. Another study of educational  settings in the United States from a parent ‘s perspective (Omi 2012) will be reflected in the discussion.