Change Places: The chaos of April in Japan

As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but think of the scene in Alice in Wonderland wherein at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, all guests are required to get up and change places!

It’s April 1st, and whilst on the one hand that means pranks and tricks, in Japan it also marks the day when the influx of new teachers arrive at the school, and each teacher picks up their stuff and moves desks in the staff room.

Whilst there’s a wider statement to be made about this curious annual ritual across Japan (and maybe there’ll be a blog post on it on this site), if nothing else, it serves as a means to ensure the teachers’ desks are cleaned every once in a while.

By J.Molkenthin

James Molkenthin is an enthusiastic and energetic British Designer, with a background in Graphics, Website and Product Design.