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03:06 pm: Campus Tour: Day 4
The good news: Two hours assigned to me were unable to fit in my schedule, so they were given to a different ALT, and one of my team teachers volunteered to solo one of our hours. That brings me down to a 15 hour schedule.

The bad news: Out of those 15 hours, 5 are on Thursdays.

Oh, well, the rest of the week will feel like a breeze.

Today was the first day of classes, and I made a few discoveries. For one thing, this school has the coolest whiteboards I've ever seen. They can be raised and lowered for easy writing/displaying, and they have faint grid lines printed on them, which allows a person to write without the text slanting upward or downward. The problem is that, although we were provided with markers, we were not given erasers. Whoops.

Next, the high school and middle school portions of campus are on different schedules. Due to this, the bells only ring in the high school building...not the faculty room. I'll have to be very careful about watching the clock, which is tricky when I get involved in reading a book during my free time.

The faculty room is equipped with a refrigerator, electric water heater for tea, and microwave. Unfortunately, the outlet only has space for two plugs...the microwave loses out. (I'm pretty much the only person who uses it.)

Anyway, on with the tour. Today I will explore building 2. This building is for classrooms that require specialized equipment.

First is the sewing room. (I wish I had such nice big tables at home!)

Next is the nursing practice room. Many of the students in the home ec major plan to go into health care. With Japan's aging population, it's one of the more promising fields.

Across the hall is the cooking room. (...I wish I had an oven that large...) This is followed by the tasting room for eating the results.

There are multiple science labs. This is the all-purpose lab. There are separate labs for chemistry, physics, biology, and geology. They are all mostly identical, though, so I didn't bother uploading pictures.

Finally, there are a couple of rooms called research square. I assume these rooms will be stocked with science magazines, reference books, and other appropriate reading material for students to research.

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From:nitasee
Date:April 12th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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I've always wondered. Is cooking required? I'm always seeing references to high school cooking class in anime and manga. Do both genders take it? Japan's a modern country, but I know there's still a lot more chauvinism in the culture than in the U.S. - or at least that's what I've been told.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Is cooking required?

I believe so. At least, for the girls' school students, I believe it is. I honestly don't know whether the boys take the cooking class, but I could ask.
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From:inga_b
Date:April 12th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
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g* I just wanted to drop by to say 'hi' 'cause I've recently friended you. I really enjoy reading your reports about life in Japan. I skimmed through your lj and thought that I've never seen such a detailed and meticulous report on Japanese Landeskunde [no idea what's the English term for it - smth like study of national art of living].

I would not mind moving to Japan [not that I speak Japanese or have any qualification to fit into economy] oh well dreams are my reality, I guess.

Anyway, I just hope that knowing that smbd reads your posts will encourage you to continue writing about the life as experienced through your fingers. I enjoy a lot the pictures of the school I would never see. I wonder if you are willing to post the pictures of your students also: I find it somewhat fascinating [and even disturbedly intimate] to look at the faces of people I would never meet. It is like the proof that the worlds continues to exist outside my window [do I sound over-philosophical or what? *blame red wine*]

oh, I found your lj 'cause of your review on Yasashii Ryuu no Koroshikata ; I decided to be a fangirl of this manga.

i.b.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 13th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
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Thanks for taking the time to write. I'm glad you've been enjoying the entries.

I wonder if you are willing to post the pictures of your students also:

I try not to post pictures of students where the faces are discernible, because they are minors.

I decided to be a fangirl of this manga.

It's a great series. I wish I had time to write a proper summary page for the novels.
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