I had previously promised some content that didn’t involve going somewhere and buying something, and never let it be said that the Hippo don’t deliver! This week instead of going somewhere and doing something, my transportation specialist buckled down on studying so I get to bring you the exciting world of classrooms in Japan. I know, I’m just as excited as you.
This is Building B, one of the buildings that my transportation specialist has classes in. One of the first things you may notice is that the building’s aren’t named after someone the way they are at many colleges in the United States. I haven’t really asked around much to find out why. Many of the labels for the buildings are very practical, so I just don’t think anyone bothered with fancy names.
The main floor of Building B is dominated by the massive escalator that totally bypasses the second floor and stops at the third floor. Off to my right (left side of the picture) is the Student Center where my transportation specialist checks in occasionally to make sure everything’s okay. To my left (right side of the picture) is the library that takes up 3 floors of the building. It has a large number of books, movies and magazines, but my Kanji still isn’t very good, so I don’t spend much time there. The glass window at the back catches the light very good every morning. I really need to get some shades.
Most of the rooms in on the third and fourth floor have these laptops on the desks. My transportation specialist doesn’t use them in the Japanese Language classes he’s taking there but they are available for use if he wants. The laptops are connected to the desks by metal cables, but otherwise are very mobile around the desk.
Building E is where both of the classes for Japanese culture are held. The classes have a guest lecturer each week that is an expert in an area of Japanese culture. It’s very spiffy of the sensei to get these professionals to give a talk to college students. That many of them graduated or taught at Aoyama probably helps though.
In case you were wondering I risked life and limb posing on those building posts. Fortunately, none of my mishaps were captured for posterity this time unlike the adventures with the bumper horsie!
The final building that my transportation specialist has classes in is called Building F. It is where most of the classes for the Global Studies and Collaboration department are held. My transportation specialist has Japanese, History and a Sociology class in this building.
Building F is most notable for having two types of desks. One type is the familiar three student desk with separate chairs as pictured here.
The second unholy monstrosity is an example why not all engineers make airplanes and rockets.
Note that there are side bars on both sides of the seat requiring the entire top to be flipped over in order for the student to exit the desk. They really don’t want you moving around during class. Also, although many students don’t have any problem with seating in this room, every class session reinforces the notion that Japan was not designed to accommodate my transportation specialist. While he can get into the chair without much difficulty, the fit is never comfortable. Time to get running around the track tubbo!
In any case, this was a look at where my transportation specialist works and plays. I’ll see if I can get him motivated to go see some of the sights next week.
Until then, Hippo, Hippo!