Celebrating the start of a new school year in Japan, Austria and Italy

There is a great quote in a Nora Ephron film that goes, “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Even if you’ve never been to New York, that feeling is wholly recognizable. With a sense of nostalgia, you’re immediately taken back to those first days of school as a child. And while the sentiment may be appreciated, not everyone experiences the same back to school traditions, some of which are particularly special around the world.