KOFU, Japan, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Students at a Japanese high school switched uniforms with the opposite gender for "Sexchange Day," an event designed by students.
Fuji Hokuryo High School's Tuesday event, named for the combination of the English words "sex" and "exchange," saw 299 students, about 40 percent of the student body, show up for school in sweats and then dress in uniforms designed for the opposite sex for the school day.
"Sexchange Day" was designed by students at the Yamanashi prefecture school and was approved by officials. The students said the event was designed to get students thinking about gender and gender identity issues.
"This is a project for students to observe things differently" Vice Principal Hirofumi Miyashita told the Wall Street Journal's Japan Real Time.
Vice Principal Osamu Takano said the school took steps to ensure the student body would be prepared for the experiment.
"We think the students understood the aim behind the exchange. The students who proposed it explained to the rest of the student body the concept behind it at a meeting," he told the Yomiuri Shimbun.