School woos students, parents with Taisho-era sailor suits

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Students at a Kyoto girls school dressed in schoolgirl sailor suits at an explanatory meeting for prospective students and their parents on Saturday, after research showed that the school was the first in the country to introduce them.

The Heian Jogakuin St. Agnes School in Kamigyo Ward re-created the uniforms that the nation's schools first adopted during the Taisho era (1912-1926).

An investigation by Okayama-based school uniform manufacturer Tombow Co. confirmed that the school introduced the uniforms in November 1920--earlier than the Fukuoka Jogakuin school in Fukuoka, whose 1921 introduction of the uniform was previously thought to have been the first.

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