Today I will start with the high school faculty room.
Note the large windows in the back of the room. One of the first things that I heard teachers saying when they saw this room was, "Oh no! The students can look in the window and see what I'm eating for lunch!" It does give one the feeling of being in a fishbowl at times.
One thing I'd like to point out is that desks are arranged in clusters of 6-10. Japanese offices love desk clusters. This is not a land of cubicles. People are expected to be in groups, to maintain social bonds by chatting with their neighbors, to share announcements, and to help each other out when necessary.
My desk cluster
My desk is the cluttered one in front. The desk next to me is for the sewing teacher (the one who taught me to make yukata). The new chairs are MUCH more comfortable than the old ones.
Venturing outside the media center, one can have a nice stroll through the landscaped grounds. The campus is full of flowering trees of different types. During the faculty party last week, the principal commented that in 20 years the place will look like a forest.
The campus is made up of three main buildings arranged in an L shape, plus the gymnasium, cafeteria, media center, community service center, and sports areas.
Building 3 hosts the high school student homerooms plus a few classrooms. As you can sort of see, the main entrance is decorated with artwork. Each floor has a spacious lounge area (though don't ask me who picked the color of the chairs).
The senior homerooms are on the second floor. Outside each homeroom are student lockers. (The notion of full-body-height lockers is unheard of here.) At the front of each homeroom is a podium for the teacher and a whiteboard. The board is curved, presumably to make it easier to see. (Teachers have all been supplied with dry erase markers for the whiteboard, but I'll talk about that in a later entry.)
The rear of the room is taken up with student desks. These desks are unusual in that they are made entirely of wood. (Closeup) Each desk/chair set is adjustable for the height of the student. There is a projector affixed to the ceiling and a bulletin board at the back of the room to post announcements.
The third and fourth floors of the building are similar, with the homerooms for underclassmen. The fifth floor has generic lecture rooms, which is where most of my English classes will be held. Note that the desks in the lecture rooms are the standard metal type.
The ground floor of the building has several special classrooms. Some classrooms require that the students remove their shoes (changing into slippers) before entering. Such rooms have shoe lockers right beside the door. There is a classroom for calligraphy and a Japanese-style room for teaching traditional things such as flower arranging. There is also an art room, but I didn't get a photo of it.