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Here you can find some information on locations that can be found in [info]ghostsugar_rp.

Main Gate - This is the main entrance to the school by which students enter campus, where the school sign is. The gates are heavy, wrought-iron things with curliques and arrow points on the tops. It makes the school look a bit like a jail, what with the six-foot brick walls surrounding the complex. On either side of this gate are thick hedges. Every morning two teachers will have a turn to wait outside this gate to greet students and check uniforms.

Courtyard - A courtyard paved with old flagstones and planted with shrubs and flowers. You can either walk straight ahead to the main entrance of the school, or follow the long walkway around to the students' entrance to the school building.

At the student's entrance to the school building, there is a small gatehouse at which students change from their street school shoes to their indoor school shoes. Shoes are kept in small unlocked shoe lockers organized by homeroom. This is a great place to stash a love letter to that special someone!

Hallways - The hallways inside the school have high ceilings, tiled floors, and thick oak walls. The acoustics have a lot of echo to them when the hall is empty. Here and there a cobweb can be seen on the ceiling, or a red rusty dribble from a leaking pipe (or is it?). On bulletin boards in the hallway, one can find posted grades, health and hygeine tips, and information about upcoming events and contests.

Stairwells - Wide oak stairwells at the end of each hall lead up to the next floor. The stairs are of the style which consist of thick planks to walk on with a space between. Some students have claimed to see ghostly hands that have reached through to grab their ankles. School staff assures everyone that this is probably due to a simple prank.

Bathrooms - Restrooms can be found on each floor. The student's bathrooms are notoriously chilly even in summer. Tiled floor and ancient pedestal sinks (that could probably use a cleaning), wooden stall doors give a feeling of dated luxury. Both Japanese-style and Western-style toilets are in the stalls.

Classrooms - Classrooms have hardwood floors and sliding doors to enter and exit the class. Windows are tall and hung with heavy drapes. Artwork and student's reports decorate the walls. The room is cleaned by the students at the end of the day. A flower arrangement is placed by a student near the front of the class each week. Students can eat lunch in their classroom or go out to the grounds or cafeteria.

School Main Structure- consists of two buildings (A and B) linked by short outdoor walkways that bridge the gap between the two buildings.

Floor Directory-

1st Floor Building A - Teacher's Room, Teacher's Lounge, Principal's Office, Secretary's Office, Groundskeeper/Maintenance Room, Teacher's Locker Rooms.

2nd Floor Building A- 3rd year Classrooms, Home Economics Classrooms,

3rd Floor Building A- 2nd year Classrooms, Art Classrooms

4th Floor Building A- 1st year Classrooms, Chorus Room, Music Rooms

1st Floor Building B- Nurse's Office, Japanese-style formal room, Formal parlor, PTA Room, Counseling Rooms

2nd Floor Building B- Science Labs, Study Rooms

3rd Floor Building B- Student Government Rooms, Japanese-style rooms,  Wood Shop Room, Computer Room

4th Floor Building B- Storage, Locked rooms, stairs to roof

Roof- Students aren't supposed to be up here, but seem to find their way anyway. Plain bare concrete with ventilation ducts. A good place for a fight, a nap, or a rendezvous.

Gym - Boys' and Girls' locker rooms, a large gym. All Assemblies take place on the floor here. The track, soccer field, and baseball diamond can be found behind.

Dojo - a low, Japanese-style wooden building that is divided into rooms in which the kendo and judo clubs practice. The kyuudo target range is outside.

Cafeteria - Students can eat lunch in their classroom or buy food in the school cafeteria, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner because of boarders. Kikuryou's cafeteria food isn't bad, but some of the more uppity students claim it is.Hot food such as soup and curry as well as sandwiches, rice balls, and sweet breads are popular.

Tea Garden - a small gazebo and koi pond area planted with traditional flowers. Everblooming camellias, lush irises and waterlilies. Sometimes the face in the reflection of the water looks decidedly unlike your own...

Rose Garden - There's something distinctly English about this space, which is heavily manicured and planted with loads of roses in every shape, size and color imaginable. Violets, daisies, and carnations fill in the gaps. Wrought-iron benches, cupids, and birdbaths abound.

Greenhouse- A dainty glass structure which houses plants and flowers. Students tend plants here for clubs and for science class. Behind this are vegetable rows, flower patches, and a hedge maze.

Library - A two-story building with tons of books, lots of space to study. Small study rooms are available. Open late nights and on weekends for boarding students. Adjoining this is a small student cafe called Apple-chan which serves hot drinks, pastries, and snacks before and after school and during busy study times. A wide expanse of green grass known as the East Meadow surrounds the building.

Southeast Corner - A shady and mysterious area of campus. Here one can find an old well which has been covered with a metal grate. Rows and rows of worn statues of foxes and stone dogs, Jizo, and Buddha's disciples stand forgotten under overgrown bamboo and pine trees. Through this courtyard, another gate forms a back entrance to the school. Outside the gate lies a vast, cramped graveyard. Beyond this graveyard, more statues of various deities surround the pathway which leads to Kasuga Shrine.

Dormitories- can be found on the eastern edge of campus near the library. Boarding students can choose to live here in either single or double rooms. Accommodations are spartan but neat and clean with shared bathrooms, a kitchenette on each wing. Quiet hours and curfew are enforced. Boys are not allowed in the girl's dorm after 6 p.m. and vice versa.

Off-Campus Locations

Downtown- Kikuryou is a sleepy small town with one train station. Grouped around the station is a small downtown area with shops and restaurants to wander around in. Apartment buildings are rarely higher than 4 stories. There is one video arcade, as well as a pet store, a handful of cafes, two bookstores, a used video game store, barbershop, beauty parlor, liquor store, pachinko parlor, hardware store, grocery store, quite a few family restaurants and hole-in-the-wall noodle shops. There is one movie theater but the screens are the old kind and there's not THX or Dolby or anything.

Kurita- To get serious shopping done or to buy some really fashionable clothes, you will have to get on the train and take a ten-minute trip to Kurita, which has a large mall, Gigaplex movie theater, everyday department stores, and the like.

Kamakura- About a thirty-minute train ride away, you can get to Kamakura (ah, a non-ficitional location!) which is a quaint old-fashioned city that's great for sightseeing and packed with gardens and temples.

Beach- Beyond Kamakura is the beach, the lovely beach. The area around here is popular for surfing.

Lake and nature preserve- From Kikuryou, a drive into the hills in the direction heading away from Kuritsu/Kamakura will take you into the mountains. A nature preserve park can be found here, with a lake that houses protected species of waterfowl. Great for hiking and stargazing. Do not get caught littering or hunting here <s>Ulf</s> or you will get caught by a park ranger.
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There is no such thing as extracurricular sports or clubs at Kikuryou! All sports teams and activites have a profound influence on a student's discipline and development. At Kikuryou there are many clubs, small and large, that a student can choose from. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved with a club or team on campus. Each club is supervised by a member of the faculty. Students choose to become a member of a team or club during the second week of the school year, and all club and team activities last year-round.* Students may only be a member of one club/team.

Currently we have:

Sports Clubs: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-country/Track, Judo, Kendo, Kyuudo (Archery), Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Water Polo, Volleyball, Girls' Softball.*

Cultural Clubs: Chorus, Drama, English, Koto, Fine Arts, Journalism**, Gardening, Sewing and Crafts, Cooking, Orchestra, Tea Ceremony and Flower Arrangement, Go and Shougi Club, Society of Truth-Seekers***

We do also have a very busy and active Student Council. These members are chosen by their classmates for their responsibility and good citizenship. Student Council members are usually too busy to take part in club activities.

Aside: Usually there are no girls' soccer or softball teams in Japanese school but we wanted to have one anyway. It's a rich-kid school, right? There is no "off-season" as in America, sports teams practice year-round. 1st year students don't get to play as much as the other grades do. They assist with equipment and setup/cleanup and cheer on the 2nd and 3rd years.)

(**handles school newspaper and yearbook)

(***Aside: this is an unofficial club of students [read: nerds] who are interested in proving the fact that the school is haunted and that there is a conspiracy to hide non-humans among us.)
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From the Desk of Vice Principal Ono--

The image of the School depends on all pupils being clean and smartly dressed at all times. We do not wish to see exaggerated hairstyles or colors, nor jewelery or accessories of any type, nor make-up. More specifically, we do not wish pupils to wear jeans, trainers, shorts, tee-shirts, very short skirts nor what the students call 'baggies'. In general terms, we shall expect boys and girls to dress as if they are going to the office, i.e. we wish boys to wear a shirt and tie, and girls to dress smartly, too. The acceptability or otherwise of any dress will ultimately be judged by the school Principal.

SCHOOL COLORS: Dark red, dark green, black.

White shirt
Green school tie
Gray school sweater
Black school blazer
Gray trousers
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
Gray school coat

White summer shirt
Green school tie
Gray summer school pullover
Gray trousers
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
White blouse
Green school necktie or ribbon
Gray sweater (pullover or cardigan)
Black school blazer
Green school winter skirt
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
Gray school coat

White summer blouse
Green school necktie or ribbon
Gray summer school pullover
Green school summer skirt
Gray or black socks
Black leather shoes
White school indoor shoes
SPORTS WEAR (All Students)
White school t-shirt
Green School shorts
Black and Green School Tracksuit
White socks
Comfortable running shoes

-It is essential that uniforms are kept neat and clean and in good repair. There shall be no loose threads, missing buttons, or tears. Students whose clothing violates this rule will be taken to the teachers' room to repair the offending item.

-Girls' skirts shall be no shorter than one inch above the knee in summer, and just below the knee in winter. The summer skirt may not be worn in winter, and vice versa.

-Students with long hair must keep the hair neatly trimmed and tied back. As for the face, boys must be clean-shaven.

-No casual or sports shoes, no high heels, and no clog or platform shoes may be worn to school.

-It is imperative that all articles of clothing be clearly labeled with the student's name.

-The school reserves the right to confiscate all articles of clothing or belongings that are found to be in violation of the school dress code. If deemed appropriate, the Vice Principal shall return items which are not dangerous or offensive to the student or their parent/guardian at the end of the term.
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Please make a note of these dates.
All National Holidays are marked in RED.  Exams are marked in BLUE.

APRIL 2008
5th-6th - Orientation for New Students
6th-17th Cherry Blossoms Blooming on Campus
7th (Mon) - Entrance Ceremony, classes begin, School Picnic
23rd (Wed.) - Fire Drill
24th, 25th- Student Health Check
29th (Tue) - Emperor Showa Memorial Day, No School

MAY 2008
May 5th - Boys' Day
May 2, 5, 6th - Golden Week Holidays, No School
14-16th - Mid-Term Exams. Please be sure to study.
23rd - School Hike to Sugao Waterfall. Students, plan to bring a lunch.
29-June 1st (Thu-Sun) - 2nd Year Students - Class Trip to Hawaii

JUNE 2008
7th (Sat) - Sports Day Event, Folk Dance
7th (Sat) - Teacher Party after Sports Day
6th-15th - Firefly Season at Murasaki River.
10th - Earthquake Drill
19-22nd- 1st Year Students - Class Trip to Hong Kong
29th- Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival) at Kasuga Shrine

JULY 2008
All P.E. Classes will be Swimming for the Month of July. Participation is Mandatory. Swimsuits can be purchased at the school store.
3nd-7th- 3rd Year Students - Class Trip to London & Paris
14th - 18th - Ecology/Environmental Studies Week. Project due on 18th.
18th - Ocean Appreciation Day - field trips
21st (Mon) - Umi no Hi (Ocean Day, National Holiday) No School
22nd-24th (Tues-Thurs) - Final Exams
25th (Fri) - Last day of Term, Closing Assembly
26th (Sat) - Summer Vacation Begins
27th (Sun) - trip to Tokyo (attendance optional)

2nd - Beach trip (attendance optional)
10th-15th O-bon holidays. Bon Odori and fireworks on the school grounds
18th-22nd Interhigh Sports Tournament
24th - Kimodameshi event* (attendance optional)
25-29th - Kikuryou Water-throwing Matsuri and fireworks downtown

1st (Mon) - Classes Begin, Commencement Assembly
12th-15th - Camping Trip (attendance optional)
15th (Mon) Respect for the Aged Day, No School
15th -19th Volunteer Work Week, participation is mandatory for all students
23rd (Fri) - Autumn Equinox, No School

1st - All classes/clubs must vote on what to do for School Festival
13th (Mon) - Sports and Fitness Day Holiday, No School. Students are advised to study for mid-term exams.
14-15th Mid Term Exam
31st - Halloween Party

3rd - Culture Day Holiday, Kikuryou Academy School Festival
15th- Chrysanthemum Festival at Kasuga Shrine
21st - Harvest Appreciation Day
24th (Mon) - Labor Thanksgiving Day, No School
20, 21, 25th - Final Exams

23rd - Emperor's Birthday, No School
14th - Kikuryou Christmas Ball
25th - Last Day of Term, Closing Assembly
30th - Winter Vacation Begins
31st - New Year's Eve Bell-ringing at local temples

1st, 2nd, 3rd - New Year's Celebration at Kasuga Shrine
5th (Mon) - Classes Begin, Commencement Assembly
6th - Third Year Students must declare plans after High School
12th - Coming of Age Day, No School
11th - Festival of Traditional Arts and Culture
22-23rd Midterm Exams

3rd - Setsubun Party*
11th - National Foundation Day, No School
13th - School Choral Concert
14th (Sat)- Valentine's Day (kids will probably give gifts on 13th)
20th - School Ski Trip

MARCH 2009
3rd - Hina Matsuri (Girls' Day)
5-6th - College Entrance Exam Testing
11-12th - Final Exams
15th (Sun)- White Day
15th (Sun)- Graduation Party for 3rd Year Students
16th (Mon)- Graduation Ceremony for 3rd Year Students
19th (Thu)- Last Day of School Year, Closing Ceremony


Kimodameshi is a game/event in which the teachers will set up a night walk for students through a course, planning to hide and scare the students in different ways. Students will pair off and try to make it to the end of the walking course and bring back proof that they made it.

Setsubun is the holiday in which roasted soybeans are tossed to shoo out oni (whether symbolic or a person in a costume) bring in good luck in the new year. At Kikuryou's Setsubun event, certain teachers will be selected to play the part of the oni while the students and other teachers toss the soybeans. After school there will be a party at which futomaki (lucky fat rolls of sushi) are made and eaten.


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