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Old 2007-06-19, 00:51   Link #1961
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Katsukabe Kyoei Uniform

Well I did find it. I'm not sure if this is summer or winter - from the looks of it it's probably winter.



It really look nothing like what the girls are wearing. The ribbon is pretty similar... Yoshimizu-sensei just took it and enlarge it. But they're not really in a Sailor Suit; I've seen some other private schools with this type of conservative look; and Katsukabe Kyoei is an elite private school.



Here's the guys - all boys uni in Japan looks the same so I guess Shiraishi looked about right.



This looks to be their Summer uniform, since this is during Cultural Festival, which is usually in June.



It's pretty similar to the winter except it's has white sweats. This is really pretty conservative, but given what we know of the school - old (over 100 years old), academically strong, and a sport powerhouse, it's not a vocational-related school using pretty uni to attract students. You have to earn your way into this school, so the look doesn't surprise me.

Maybe one of the jokes IS the uniform - the students would look at Lucky Star and say "Wait a minute! We look nothing like it!" It's a boring school made cute and colorful.

BTW this was taken from the Kasukabe Kyoei Chorus Club home page.

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Old 2007-06-19, 00:52   Link #1962
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Been reading a lot of JP Lucky Star Pages. As with past KyoAni anime, fans are eager to find out if the places in the anime are real, so many of them trekked out to seek the truth. According to this blog, this is Kona-chan's house in real life:




Wow.
That sets it: She's loaded.
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Old 2007-06-19, 01:48   Link #1963
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That sets it: She's loaded.
It's possible that that's actually composed of smaller apartments. Most old mansions around where I live have been converted into four-family apartments, so maybe the same thing happened here.
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Old 2007-06-19, 01:50   Link #1964
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It's possible that that's actually composed of smaller apartments. Most old mansions around where I live have been converted into four-family apartments, so maybe the same thing happened here.
Plus it's in Katsukabe City in Saitama. It's not exactly Tokyo land prices.

BTW, doesn't Crayon Shin-chan lived in Katsukabe? Well his lower-middle class family can live in a single unit house, so I guess so can Kotana and her pedo father. Plus he has that extra income selling photos of bishojou jumping around in boomers all over Japan. Must be a good business.

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Old 2007-06-19, 13:48   Link #1965
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Old 2007-06-19, 16:19   Link #1966
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Swimming Kings

So you know that little dragon like logo after the OP, when the annoucer talks about the sponsors?



It's now public knowledge that it's the mascot/logo for Katsukabe Kyoei Swim Team. But why you ask? Well, I don't really know either, but I have a clue. This is the real logo, in flash gif, no less:



Okay it's not the best ever, but at least it's kinda moving. This is taken from the Katsukabe Kyoei Swin Team Home Page.

So why is it there? Well, I think it's simply because that the mangaka, Yoshimizu, is a great alumni. He really loved his school and the most significant achievement his school has ever achived in sports: The Katsukabe Kyoei HS Boy's Swimming Team is the Japan High School Swim Champion for last two years. That's right, the boys are going to try for a three-peat comes this August. The girls, while never won a straight out title, are 2nd and 3rd the past 2 years. Not too shabby either. We are talking about a swimming dynasty here; in fact, they have been an intramural swimming power for the last 20 some years. This school is famous for its swimming, and it's no wonder Kagami-sensei is proud of them, and used their logo in the anime. I mean the team is so popular it has its own Oendan (cheer squad). It's very rare for a sport outside of traditional team sports (baseball/soccer/rugby) to have its own oendan. That's how big they are.

So now I kinda get the in-joke. Remember how the girls constantly gripe about the fact that they can't go swimming even though there's a pool? The school probably have one of the best swimming facilities in all of Japan, and the swimmers there constantly trains not just for the nationals, but Olympics/International competition as well. So the regular students probably never get to use it.

So I'm going to be like, a total nerd and become, according to the KK Swin Team Kyoeikai Home Page, "We are Support's"!

The swim team group photo with their victory banners:


[EDIT to remove error and to correct my erroneus engrish.]

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Old 2007-06-19, 16:26   Link #1967
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Your posts are so awesome. I knew about the dragon being the logo for the swim team (it was on WinD's massive thread of notes), but I had no idea just how great they were. It's really cool that Yoshimizu brought his or her school into L*S and made it such a huge part of the story.

I don't remember the girls saying that there is no swimming pool at school though... just that the school has a pool but they never swim for phys-ed (and Kona wishes they could).
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Old 2007-06-19, 16:30   Link #1968
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I don't remember the girls saying that there is no swimming pool at school though... just that the school has a pool but they never swim for phys-ed (and Kona wishes they could).
Ah I guess I didn't listen closely. I guess the joke is that the swim team is always using the pool and that the normal students never gets to use it then. HA.
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Old 2007-06-20, 16:45   Link #1969
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Baseball Update 1

Well for thsoe waiting for baseball news... here's the deal. The lots has been drawn and the will be 163 schools in the Saitama Regional this year. It's one of the larger prefetures so the plays will be divided into two divisions, the East and West division. The division champs will then battle for the Regional Championship for a place in the Koshien Tourney.

The actual games won't start until 7/11 though. I'm not sure exactly why there such a long delay but it may have to do with the complexity of scheduling all those teams to play in just one field. There will be like 4-5 games scheduled each day and the winners usually only have a day or rest before playing again. The brackets are not out yet so I'm not sure how many games a team has to win to reach Koshien, my guess is 5 or 6. It must be an logistical nightmare trying to plan this thing. The Okinawa Regionals are already underway (they only have 40 some teams). Yesterday a team was beaten by a score of 40-0 in just 5 innings in that regional; Japanese HS baseball is interesting like that.

I will start a new topic in the general section once the actual game play begins. Before that I'll just post simple updates here. One thing is for sure - The KK boys are one of the four teams favored to win Saitama this year. Let's hope they live up to their billing.

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Old 2007-06-20, 19:16   Link #1970
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Damn...I wish I went to that school. I hated my high school to death. Going to school in Japan (and a good one to boot) would be a dream come true.
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Damn...I wish I went to that school. I hated my high school to death. Going to school in Japan (and a good one to boot) would be a dream come true.
Careful what you wish for. The pressure on youth in Japan is enormous, especially come time for the juken (examinations to advance to the next level in the educational system), and the stress makes the American college entrance system look tame by comparison. Because the examinations are so difficult, and the consequences of failure so potentially devastating, the stress utterly destroys many students.

the Japanese government doesn't keep statistics on the matters, or talk much about them, but mental illnesses related to school stress are endemic in many Japanese youth. these can range from the "hermit" phenomenon to full-bore Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome and even, in extreme cases, suicidal depression.

Since the school we are discussing is one of the top academic schools in Japan, it is an extreme pressure cooker. 1,000 students moving on to college still represents only about two-thirds of the student body. And the admissions process to get in has to be one of the most brutally rigorous in all of Japan.
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Old 2007-06-20, 19:39   Link #1972
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Careful what you wish for. The pressure on youth in Japan is enormous, especially come time for the juken (examinations to advance to the next level in the educational system), and the stress makes the American college entrance system look tame by comparison. Because the examinations are so difficult, and the consequences of failure so potentially devastating, the stress utterly destroys many students.

the Japanese government doesn't keep statistics on the matters, or talk much about them, but mental illnesses related to school stress are endemic in many Japanese youth. these can range from the "hermit" phenomenon to full-bore Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome and even, in extreme cases, suicidal depression.

Since the school we are discussing is one of the top academic schools in Japan, it is an extreme pressure cooker. 1,000 students moving on to college still represents only about two-thirds of the student body. And the admissions process to get in has to be one of the most brutally rigorous in all of Japan.
I know...my parents pulled me out of Hong Kong precisely to escape that. There, you can't go by a week without seeing a student suicide on newspaper. But frankly, I believe that system makes better students in terms of academics and discipline.
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Old 2007-06-20, 19:56   Link #1973
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It's the same in Korea as well. Last time I heard from my cousin (she's about a year older than I am), she was getting on average 2 hours of sleep a night. She attends regular school, cram school, and maintains a job... and it's better now than it was when she was in high school studying in her spare time just to get into a good college (her high school had such cute uniforms, BTW).

Although she's an exception - a lot of students don't take college very seriously once they get in (kind of like in Japan as well).

The thing that I really like about schools there (Japan and Korea) is the extra stuff that comes with it - many clubs, and especially festivals that the students build all on their own.
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As usual... school systems in various countries could all learn from each other... but I think we know they'd tend to glomp on to the worst attributes of each
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The thing that I really like about schools there (Japan and Korea) is the extra stuff that comes with it - many clubs, and especially festivals that the students build all on their own.
Exactly. American public schools have nearly no motivation to do any school-wide fun events. ><;;
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Exactly. American public schools have nearly no motivation to do any school-wide fun events. ><;;
The really sad thing is that they *USED* to.... in the 60s/70s, there were school festivals, clubs, holiday activities - a whole gamut of the sorts of things that promote team building and working with others to accomplish goals. Decades of systematic funding starvation gave us what we have today, bleh.
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Ah.. I didn't know about that... that makes me kind of sad, actually. One thing I really dislike about the education system here (in the U.S.) is how inconsistent it is. There are set things that must be taught in each grade level, but aside from that, it varies from school district to school district, from school to school on the quality of education that students receive.
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Old 2007-06-20, 22:41   Link #1978
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Yup, the school system in Japan and the rest of East Asia is HARD. There's a LOT of benefits but the students really have to study. Frankly, after being both systems, I'm not sure which I really prefer. I guess I like Japan's system better since somehow the friends you make in it last a life time; I find that's rarely the case here in the US. Maybe it's the Asian culture, but right now I'm not sure if I want my kids in an American system.

On a lighter note, there IS a school in the US with cultural festivals, sports festivals, Japanese-style uniforms, and students wearing slippers in school: The Keio Academy of New York:

http://www.keio.edu/en/index.htm

It's really for the kids of Japanese business man overseas, but I guess anyone can get in if you can afford it. They need school like this to prepare for the Japanese college entrance exams - no US high school can prepare a kid for those tests. I wonder if they have sailor suits for the girls?

Another school related note: it seemed that the school Kona-chan attened in the Anime is NOT called Katsukabe Kyoei High School, but RyouOu Gakuen HS (陵桜学園高校). Although the school is based on Katsukabe Kyoei, the name and the uniform are distinctively different. I guess Yoshimizu did it to avoid legal trouble and to really make a very MOE uniform based on To Heart.
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Old 2007-06-20, 22:44   Link #1979
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We have a number of international schools (or immersion schools) on the West Coast... but they're private for the most part.
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We have a number of international schools (or immersion schools) on the West Coast... but they're private for the most part.
u know if a Japanese-specific one? please do tell since I'm very interested in the topic. I guess they are all private but the point is anyone can apply for it... the Keio Academy has their policy clearly posted. I wonder if there are any non-Japanese national students in that school? Such a school is just fascinating to me. I'm quite sure the West Coat must have more such schools.
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