Checking in on randoseru school bags and the changing tastes of Japanese kids

Originally published on Sora News by Katy Kelly

The standard of plain backpacks, red for girls and black for boys, is starting to evolve.

The sight of schoolchildren toddling off to school like a gaggle of tiny, chubby ducklings is a common one all over Japan, and if you couldn’t tell where they were headed from their identical uniforms and caps then the backpacks are a perfect giveaway. The iconic randoseru bags (derived from the Dutch ranzel, or satchel) are toted to school and back for the full six years of elementary education, and are typically red for girls and black for boys. In fact, some

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