The K12 education system in Japan is fairly famous around the world, and is often held up as the standard of East Asian education. But how does it work, and what kind of classes are taught?
Like in America, the Japanese school system is based on age. Children usually go to some sort of preparatory day care until they are six, in which they enroll in a kindergarten. These kindergartens are not offered through elementary schools like they are in America. Instead they are their own schools, usually with large playgrounds and colorful murals on the side. Children in kindergarten learn much of what American kindergartners learn, except instead of English they learn basic Japanese symbols to give them a jump-start in elementary school.