It also indicated that the more a family earns, the more actively its children participate in art- and sports-related activities, with 41 percent of children from the higher income group enrolled in art activities, compared with 24 percent from the lower income group.
Emi Kataoka, an educational sociology professor at Komazawa University who analyzed the survey, said, "We should pay attention not only to disparities in academic achievements and advancements, but also to those in terms of cultural and sports activities (among the rich and the poor)."
Among the popular activities are especially after school clubs like sports, the traditional board game Go and naturally the all-time favourites Manga, Anime and Videogames. Nintendo recently even made it officially into education circles. Schools in Japan are starting to acknowledge Nintendo DS as a useful means of learning with fun.
Also popular TV shows lile ABC's Cooking Studio show the kid's how to spend their time wise and in company of others. Group activities especially are an essential way of identification in Japan and thus teach the children one good lesson. (Breitbart)