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All the ALT’s in Fujioka, at least those employed by the Fujioka BOE, switch schools every August. This is similar to the tradition of teachers switching schools every few years, but we are one of the few cities (I think the only in the Prefecture…) that do it this way. It used to be every 3 months, but luckily they extended it.

Anyway, so I started at Higashi Chuugakkou the Tuesday after we got back from America. That Tuesday I worked with a few students for the speech contest, but from Wednesday on they didn’t allow the students to come to school because some had gotten sick with swine flu. So I had plenty of time to be bored and take pictures around the school!

Higashi’s layout is a bit different from Nishi’s. Although it preserves the split buildings with walkways between style, Higashi is much bigger than Nishi. The second building is also under repair right now.

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The teacher’s room is on the second floor. This is nice because not only do you get a good view, but you get a better breeze too!

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View on the giant practice field from the teacher’s room’s windows.

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LONG hallways. Each has an extra two classrooms more than Nishi did!

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The building under construction

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Classrooms look the same though!

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Mountains!

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The modest sign outside the visitors entrance. Higashi needs an awesome stained glass window like Nishi has!

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The mountains outside the window on a foggy day. It has been cool lately…

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balcony!

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Students standing up for awards at the entrance ceremony

I enjoy walking everyday to Higashi much better than I liked biking, although I do miss the route I used to take. I liked seeing all the Gunma mountains as well as Asama every morning. Higashi will have good views of Akagi once the construction is done, though!

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