It has been a long time since I mentioned anything about how far along the new Shionoe Elementary and Middle School building has come. Not only has the construction nearly drawn to a conclusion, but my time here in Japan indeed has, so this shall be the last I ever mention about it. I’ll never have the chance to walk through the thing, but some photos of the exterior give a nice picture of what the future of education in Shionoe will look like. The shot below is only half of the school, but it is mirrored by the wing that the elementary students will be using. The new building at least does look great and is a bit different than the standard gray color of almost ever other Japanese school. There is a bit of clean up work to be done, but within a couple of weeks the older students will come back from their summer holidays to resume class in this new environment. The younger kids will move to this location in another year or so.
I’m really pleased that I don’t need to deal with the whole process of moving things over to the new school – I’ll be home before that happens. The part that I am especially pleased about is not having to watch three elementary schools with very distinct cultures be merged into one. Having experienced each as I have, to watch certain traditions and elements from each of them disappear seems like it would be quite disappointing. Once again, I’m glad that I’ll have made tracks by then.
Anyway, the school is basically done and unless I ever go back to Shionoe to visit some people, don’t expect to be bored by any more of these pointless posts.