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08:50 am: Campus Tour: Day 3
For the first time, our students have a cafeteria...or, should I say, a CafeteRits. (Feel free to groan. I want to bang my head against a wall every time I see that name.)

As you enter the cafeteria, the first thing on your left is the umbrella stand. After the umbrella stand is a pair of drink vending machines, one of them containing an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). These devices have been springing up all over, particularly at train stations. Another thing I should point out about the vending machines is that they do not contain coffee, to the dismay of the faculty. Supposedly this is because caffeine is detrimental to young teens such as the new middle school students, but since coffee is available inside the cafeteria (and other drinks in the vending machine such as tea also contain caffeine), the faculty feel that the reason is not good enough.

I'm just glad it has Kirin Milk Tea. That's the best stuff EVER. None of the other types/brands of tea even come close.

Through another set of doors is the cafeteria proper. Immediately to the left of the doors are sinks for washing up before you eat. The cafeteria provides a decent selection...if all you want is Japanese food. Like a good restaurant, the cafeteria also has a plastic food display to help you decide what you want for lunch.

If the options given do not suit you, of course, you can always shuffle on over to the convenience store. It stocks various types of sandwiches, snack food, drinks, and school supplies. Plus, if you want to show your school spirit, you can also purchase Ritsumeikan merchandise.

Finally, in the far corner, there is a set of microphones. These can be used in the event of a party (such as the faculty introduction party, which was held in the cafeteria) to address the attendees.

...I don't know if that sound system is set up for karaoke...but it OUGHT to be...

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From:melf42
Date:April 11th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
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This is for... a HIGH SCHOOL???? Way fancy! These look more like the amenities I had at the University.

(and they should set it up for karaoke - then the staff can party in there, too, heh.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 11th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
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These look more like the amenities I had at the University.

The campus was originally intended to be a university, but then the owners of the university decided they didn't need a campus in this city, so it was given to the high school.

(and they should set it up for karaoke - then the staff can party in there, too, heh.)

I agree!
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From:nitasee
Date:April 11th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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That's the student uniform? Those students look like miniature business men. Or is that the point?

I'm still amazed at how often you run into English words in Japan. I say that because I noticed the cafeteria signs had the English under the Japanese, at least on some of them. Or is that because they teach English?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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That's the student uniform? Those students look like miniature business men.

I don't want to post pictures with discernable student faces, but if you want to see a front view you can check out the school website. This blazer/tie or blazer/ribbon design has been growing more popular for high school students than the traditional Prussian collar/sailor suit design (which is generally used in middle school).

I noticed the cafeteria signs had the English under the Japanese, at least on some of them. Or is that because they teach English?

Signs often have English on them. Whether it's correct English...that's another story. I didn't post the picture of the sign on the end, which says "favorite corner" for what I believe is the condiment area. You can, however, see that they couldn't figure out how to translate tenshin (mini-sides like a piece of tofu) and just left it.

I don't know exactly why they decided to have English on those signs (as well as in other areas, like the comment box), but I'd guess either the signs just came that way, or they were attempting to provide a more "international" atmosphere.
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 12th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Until I went to the school's website, I didn't get the point of "CafeteRits." But now...well, I think it's kind of cute.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 13th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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But now...well, I think it's kind of cute.

I guess I've just been overdosed with Japanese "English" plays on words. Mirasharkle is the worst, to me, but they're everywhere. It gets to the point that I wish I could shoot the ad agents who come up with the darn things and put them out of my misery.
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