Randoseru (ランドセル) Backpacks in Japan.
You’ve probably seen little kids in Japan carry one of these bags. They’re not only expensive, but very cute and fashionable. The ones on display that I found at Yume Town in Kurume were from 50000 Yen+. The backpacks are large in size and made with very good quality stiff leather which comes down as a tradition. It stores books and stationary for Primary School kids, very often they are seen in many anime and manga school settings.
Red coloured ones were made for the girls and black for the boys. But as time has passed more colours were brought into the shops and I saw many baby blues, lavender purples and cute pinks. I wished I had the luxury of having a bag like this when I was a kid, the most I had was a fabric briefcase.
The Randoseru backpack is traditionally squared with a rounded flap. It has soft cushioning for comfort, thus it reduces the load on the spine and helps with better posture. In Japan kids learn to be very independent from an early age. You’ve probably heard of the saying ‘ 可愛い子には旅をさせよ’ Send the cute children on a journey. Parents in Japan allow their kids to commute to school, usually via walking or taking public transport by themselves. Again, this comes as a good culture-shock and reinforces the level of safety in Japan.