|C.C. wearing the Ashford Academy uniform|
|Awesome long-haired Haruhi in a uniform|
When an American sees an anime, manga, video games, or doujinshi, they will notice the school uniform since it is not a norm in American society. In Japan, there is a long history behind the school uniform which explains why it holds a special place in the hearts of many people in Japan. It is so ubiquitous that it is harder naming a series from Japan that takes place in Japan that doesn't feature a character in a school uniform. In the USA, there are cultural, economic, and legal reasons why we don't have school uniforms the same way that they do in Japan. In the end, it makes things interesting because in America we get to see a window in Japanese culture through a small detail like wearing school uniforms.
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