The Second Button

What you see here is a 中山裝 Zhongshan suit, named after 孫中山 (Sun Zhongshan) Sun Yat-sen. In the west, it is known as a Mao suit, named after 毛泽东 (Mao Zedong). In Japan, it is known as the gakuran (学ラン) or the tsume-eri (詰め襟), the uniforms for many middle and high school boys.

If anyone is wondering how come the second button of my school uniform is missing, that’s because the second button of the top of a guy’s uniform is often given away to the girl he has feelings for, and is considered a way of confession as the second button is the one closest to the heart.

How about you guys? Who have you given the second button of your school uniform to?


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29 Responses to The Second Button

  1. AK says:

    Then, after giving your second button away to the girl you love, you give the entire shirt to the girl you love more, and ask her to sew you a new button.

    I’m talking about your mom. :3

  2. Ex14 says:

    haha i dun think singaporeans will do this, it’s not part of our culture haha

  3. Squee says:

    what happens when u wear a suit with a zipper?

  4. phossil says:

    Oh, didnt know about this tradition. But You have to give your button personally, right? and she replies back?

  5. Gunstray says:

    Hey, this is much easier than having to guitar to the woman you have feelings for. Is it effective?

  6. BCOtaku says:

    Hahas. Maybe pupils of Chung Cheng High, Dunman High, Anglican High, Hwa Chong and other schools with metal buttons can do this =3
    /is in CCH and wonder if i would be giving my second button anytime soon

  7. School Uniform?
    Girl that has feelings for me?

    The first is Germany related the second one not otherwise id belong gone XD

  8. Reltair says:

    Back in High School and Middle School, we didn’t have school uniforms here in the US. Not really common unless it’s a private school or something.

  9. daymien says:

    Can sew back new button after you give the old one to the girl?

  10. andra says:

    hoho, did the guys in Japan still do this today? 😀

  11. Nopy says:

    We don’t have any uniforms here except for some private schools, so the only way to tell the girl you like that you like her is to go up to her and say it.

  12. welsper84 says:

    So if the second button is the one closest to our heart, do we get to have the gal’s bra since that is the thing that is even closest to her chest/ heart?

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