The Tokyo neighbourhood of Ginza is internationally renown for high-cost fashion, so it’s fitting that the students at the district’s public school not let down the team by looking too generic common in their uniforms – according to school officials.
Taimei Elementary School has announced plans to introduce the new uniform option (it’s not compulsory), which costs more than 80,000 yen ($940 AUD) for a full set. The basics are a navy-blue jacket and matching trousers or skirt, a long-sleeve shirt and a hat. It’s priced at more than twice the cost of the current uniform.
Naturally, the price has attracted criticism from parents of students, who were sent a letter about the change last November, but not consulted. Their feelings were echoed by Naoki Ogi, a popular education blogger, who posted, "It’s like saying no to poor people and welcoming only those who take pride in Armani."