Culture festival/school festival
These festivals provide an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to present the results of school projects and culture club activities. In many cases, the student council plays a central role. 《→seitokai 生徒会 student council》 The content consists of presentations by each class and club, and the activities can be broadly divided into stage performances, exhibitions, and class activities. Stage presentations include music, plays, dances, etc. Exhibitions of students' works are held in the classrooms. In high school, each class may put on a separate event or activity such as running a coffee shop or food stall selling yakisoba (fried Chinese noodles), or crepes and other sweets. One popular class event is transforming the classroom into a haunted house. Prior to the culture festival, students often gather before classes or after school to prepare, refine their projects, or practice. This strengthens solidarity and provides an opportunity for students in different grades to get to know each other better. Visitors are also welcome at school festivals, which provide excellent opportunities for junior high school students and parents to learn more about a specific high school they hope to attend.