Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Calendar of School Breaks in Japan

From today, the new semester started at my kids' school.

Common Japanese schools have three long term breaks; summer break, winter break and spring break. Each local city or each private school can determine the start date and the end date of breaks.

I checked several cities' web sites about school breaks. The below shows calendars of school breaks.

Table 1 : Elementary school 2014

Region Summer Break Start Summer Break End Winter Break Start Winter Break End Spring Break Start Spring Break End
Shibuya, Tokyo July 19 Aug 31 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Shinjuku, Tokyo July 19 Aug 24 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Shinagawa, Tokyo July 19 Aug 31 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Sapporo July 26 Aug 20 Dec 26 Jan 19 Mar 26 Apr 5
Nagano July 29 Aug 24 Dec 27 Jan 6 Mar 19 Apr 3
Okinawa July 19 Aug 25 Dec 26 Jan 4 Mar 26 Apr 5

Table 2 : Junior high school 2014

Region Summer Start Summer End Winter Start Winter End Spring Start Spring End
Shibuya July 19 Aug 31 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Shinjuku July 19 Aug 24 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Shinagawa July 19 Aug 31 Dec 26 Jan 7 Mar 26 Apr 5
Sapporo July 26 Aug 25 Dec 26 Jan 14 Mar 26 Apr 5
Nagano July 25 Aug 25 Dec 27 Jan 6 Mar 20 Apr 2
Okinawa July 19 Aug 25 Dec 26 Jan 4 Mar 26 Apr 5

Sapporo (in Hokkaido) is colder than Tokyo. So their summer break is shorter, and the winter break is longer than Tokyo's. 

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Related Topics

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.