Hyogo Prefectural Chikusa High School
 727-2 Chikusa, Chikusa, Shiso, Hyogo, JAPAN  671-3201   Phone 0790-76-2033   Fax 0790-76-2233   URL http://www.chikusa-hs.jp/

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Mission Statement

 High School
will inspire students

to achieve educational excellence

a rich learning and natural environment.



Great Expectations for Learning with Self-Help, Respect, and Love

In the scenic and historic town

at the foot of Mt. Mimuro,

Chikusa High School cultivates students’ abilities and personalities

to achieve their goals in life

through ethical, physical, and intellectual education.

In this age of globalization,

Chikusa High School makes every effort

to open our eyes to the world,

thereby making a great contribution to the development of our country.

                                                     Principal's Message

Chikusa High School has a proud tradition of serving the far-west Hyogo area for 70 years.          
In that time it has developed a reputation as a unique school in a safe, caring and positive environment.   Students are encouraged to take full part in the busy life of the school, and participate in the varied sporting, cultural, volunteer, and leadership opportunities.

In 2010, our school was assigned as a secondary school under the close partnership with Chikusa Junior High School to meet the needs of the students and the community.   We also offer a wide variety of extra support for students.   Students with special needs and learning difficulties have the advice and guidance offered by our support staff to help them with their learning.

Our mission is also to provide our students with necessary skills and cultivate their talents so they can be accepted to the colleges/universities of their choice and be successful at those institutions of higher learning.   Chikusa High School is always trying hard for the betterment of the community.

                                                                                                                                                                             April, 2018

YOSHIYA TAKEDA, 18th principal of Chikusa High School


News & Topics


Through the eyes of an American - Japanese Graduation

| by 教頭 vice-principal
Mr. David Berg, our ALT, experienced his second graduation ceremony at Chikusa High School last Friday.  He clearly points out the big difference in the occasions between the two cultures.  Through his essay, you can visually understand how the ceremony goes in the States.  Please read and enjoy his viewpoints. 

Through the eyes of an American - Japanese Graduation 

I can’t believe another school year has gone by! Our class of 2015 had their graduation ceremony last Friday, and once again I had to say my goodbyes to our leaving 3rd years.

Coming from an American perspective, graduation ceremonies in Japan are a very solemn occasion. It is a stark contrast to the festive graduations you experience in the US, where almost everyone is smiling, applause and whistles are more common than silence, and graduates are often seen hugging and high-fiving each other. Trips to the stage to receive diplomas always include handshakes, and sometimes a long hug from a proud teacher or principal. Photos are taken during and after the exchange, then again off-stage with just the graduate and his or her new diploma.


In Japan, the graduating class takes their position in front of the stage and sits – straight, with hands in loose fists, neatly placed on their thighs – in silence. When told, they stand swiftly and uniformly, as if executing a military drill, and bow deeply, showing reverence for the occasion. If you watch them for any length of time, you won’t see them crack a smile. You won’t see them whisper to each other. When it’s time to go up to the stage, they stand, turn 90 degrees, walk to their mark, bow to the guests of honor, bow to the administrative staff, then walk to the foot of the steps. When they receive their diploma, they take hold with one hand, then the other. While still holding the diploma in front of them, they take one step back, bring the diploma down under one arm, and bow to the principal. The detail in their motion is extensive. Photos are taken during the exchange, but the cameraman is hidden from view so that he does not disrupt the sentiment of the moment.


I don’t think this solemn behavior is because the graduates are a bunch of party poopers, or they’re really sad about graduating. I think this is how they show respect to the people that helped them make it to graduation. It’s also not as if they don’t show any emotion during the ceremony. When the students give their remarks towards the end, they are often heartfelt and tear-inducing. Then, at the conclusion of the ceremony as the graduates walk out, the rest of the student body lines up at the door to cheer them on, applauding and giving words of encouragement. It ultimately is a celebration, just a bit different than what an American might be used to.


11:26 | Report

The First Smartphone Summit in Hyogo Held

| by 教頭 vice-principal
On February 28th, we witnessed an epoch-making symposium, named "SUMAHO Summit in Hyogo" hosted and organized by an NPO "Hyogo Youth Services Administration (Hyogoken Seishonen Honbu)" at Hyogo Kenmin Kaikan, Kobe.  The purpose of the meeting was to introduce some progressive approaches in Hyogo Prefecture to improve information morals or netiquette, and to reveal the reality of the use of cellphones and smartphones among young people based on a survey and questionnaire targeting more than 2,000 students and children in Hyogo.  


The Student Council of Chikusa High School was selected as one of the best presenters of progressive activities in Hyogo, and the three students took part in the meeting to introduce the activities we have been conducting since last school year.  
The most thrilling 
and interesting part of the Summit lied in the discussion session by the presenters: elementary school kids, junior and senior high students.  The young panelists were so direct and honest to talk about their real use of their phones and devices that the whole audience was consistently surprised at their statements.  Among the speakers, our student, Mr.Moriwaki, showed the best initiative in the discussion and made the session very interesting and illustrative to get an image of the reality.  


Another key figure in the meeting was, of course, the coordinator, Mr.Kazuo Takeuchi, an associate professor at the University of Hyogo, specializing in student counseling and guidance.  His clear and outspoken approach toward the issue greatly helped us understand the core of the problem, and he was so skillful in inducing the opinions of the young people that we really enjoyed the lively give and take of the ideas in the symposium.  


It is clear that the first Summit in Hyogo made history, and we are so proud and delighted that Chikusa students were a part of it. 
09:13 | Report

40th Graduation Ceremony Held

| by 教頭 vice-principal
On February 27th, last Friday, the 40th graduation ceremony was held at Chikusa High School, and 32 students opened the doors to the next stage of their life with stars in their eyes.  Parents and teachers gave a round of applause toward their remarkable achievements for the past three years, and all the first and second graders paid high respect to their senior students for the glorious activities to lead the school.


The ceremony was held according to the typical procedure you often see in many schools in Japan : 1. Opening Remarks,  2. Singing of the National Anthem, 3. Presentation of Diplomas,  4. Principal's Speech,  5. Guests' Speeches,  6. Introduction of the Guests,  7. Introduction of the Congratulatory Messages,  8. Speech by the Juniors,  9. Speech by the Valedictorian,  10. Singing of the Graduation Song,  11. Singing of the School Song,  12. Closing Remarks. 


After the ceremony, the new graduates entered their homeroom with their parents to share the last precious moment of the class activity, expressing their hearty thanks to the teachers and parents for what they have given to the young people for so many years.   On the blackboard was the words, "Congratulations on your Graduation!," written and decorated by junior students on the previous evening.   


The junior or "kohai" students had been waiting long before they finally shared a great time with their "sempai(seniors)" to express their thanks in the field of club activities.  The west square of the school was the very scene of the exchange of farewell words among the club members, 
shaking hands, giving some presents, and even tossing someone into the air...to imprint each word and action on their memory forever.  

19:20 | Report

Ieshima HS came to Chikusa !

| by 教頭 vice-principal
Yesterday, on January 26th, 48 students and 5 teachers of Ieshima High School came to Chikusa.  We really had a great time in sharing school cultures and practicing skiing together at the Chikusa Kogen Ski Resort.  This annual event is called "The Exchange Program between Mountain and Sea Schools," in which we visit Ieshima to enjoy canoeing in August and Ieshima HS comes to Chikusa to experience skiing in January.  Both schools have continued this exchange for more than ten years.  

In the winter version of the 2015 program, we witnessed the successful exchange of the traditional performing arts of both areas in Hyogo prefecture before going to the Ski Resort.  13 Chikusa students demonstrated beating Japanese drums or "Chikusa-Daiko,"  and two Ieshima youngsters performed the thrilling lion dance or "Maura no Shishimai."   Both high schools are noted in preserving and promoting local traditional performing arts for our younger generations.

                            The Japanese Drum performance by Chikusa HS students 

                                  The Lion Dance performance by Ieshima HS students

After the epoch-making cultural performances, the students of both schools went to the ski resort, but unfortunately enough, they had a difficult time practicing skiing because of the continual rainfall even up on the mountain, which is about 900m above sea level.  However, in such conditions, the Ieshima students tried hard to acquire the skiing skills with the help of Chikusa friends. They looked satisfied when they finished the one-day program around three o'clock in the afternoon.  We do hope that many young people will come and enjoy skiing and snowboarding in this wonderful snow village of Chikusa! 

14:09 | Report

Students' Report on GUAM 2014

| by 教頭 vice-principal
Today, on November 25th, 12 students of the 2nd-year Challenge Course visited Chikusa Junior High School in the afternoon and talked about their fantastic experiences in Guam, and they suggested that the junior high students should come to Chikusa High School and visit Guam in the future. Some junior high students asked questions and were very much interested in the life and culture of the people in Guam.


After the presentation, both junior and senior high school students entered into an English conversation lesson under the situation of "Giving an Order at a Restaurant."  High school students took the role of a clerk and junior high students played as customers in the role-play.  


The following is the scripts of the speeches on Guam experiences written by the high school students. Please enjoy reading them. 

                                                                                 School Trip in Guam 2014 

    Hafa dai!!
    In Japan, we say “Konnichiwa.”  In America, they say “Hello.”  And in Guam, they say “Hafa dai.”
    “Hafa dai” means “Konnichiwa” in Chamorro, the native language in Guam.  Please repeat after me “Hafa dai”.
    We went to Guam on a school trip from November the 10th to the 14th.  Now, we’ll show you some pictures of our activities in Guam.
    Do you know where Guam is?  Guam is located in the southern part of Asia.  It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to fly from Kansai international airport to Guam airport.
    The size of Guam is the same as Awaji.  Let me ask you some questions.  What time is it now?  It’s 2:00 now in Japan.  There is the time difference of 1 hour between Japan and Guam.  The time in Guam is later than that in Japan by 1 hour.  So, what time is it in Guam now?  It’s 3:00.   


    On the plane, we ate airplane meals. There was a hamburger salad and cookies.
    The plane arrived at Guam airport late at night. When we got off the plane, we were surprised by Guam`s high temperature. Seeing palm trees, I realized we are really in Guam !     We stayed at a hotel which stands in front of the sea. We enjoyed Guam`s scenery which is different from Japan. 


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    This is a hotel called Pacific Island Club.  We stayed at the hotel for four days.
    There are tennis courts, a basketball court, a swimming pool with water slides, etc. in the hotel.  We played freely there.  The ocean is in front of the hotel, and it was beautiful.
    We got to the hotel at 3 o’clock in the early morning.  Many of my friends looked sleepy and they went to bed soon.  But I did not sleep.
    We ate later that morning.  It is called brunch.  Brunch is a meal served as breakfast and lunch.  As a buffet, there was rice, bread, salad, soup, and cakes.  The cakes especially were very delicious, so I ate only cakes.


    We tried snorkeling on the second day. We also went to the ocean in front of the hotel.  The weather that day was a little bad, but we could see very clearly in the sea.  
    We could see the coral reef and tropical fish right in front of our eyes.  It was very beautiful. We had to be careful so as not to cut our hands and feet on the coral reef when we swam.
  After snorkeling, we played beach volleyball and swam in pool.  There were water slides in the pool.  They were very exciting.


    In the afternoon we visited an aquarium called Under Water World.  There was a tunnel-shaped aquarium there.  We could see fish at many different angles.
    “Two Lovers Point” is very popular in Guam.  We visited the place in the evening.  In the old days, two lovers committed a double suicide here because they couldn’t get married.  So, “Two Lovers Point” is named after this story.
    This is a nice view from the observatory.  There were a lot of tags, called “ema,” in the shape of a heart.  There were heart-shaped locks too. 
    Sunset was very beautiful!!  Some lovers took pictures with the sunset in the background.  It’s one of my favorite memories on this trip.


    We visited Chamorro Culture Center on the third day.  There were some ancient Chamorro houses, and some of us went into the house.  There was enough space to live comfortably.  Only mothers and children lived there in the daytime, because their fathers had to look for food.  Then we watched native Chamorro people break coconuts using strong sticks.  It was difficult for me to break, but they broke them easily.  They looked cool.  They gave the fruit to us and we ate it.  It was tasty.


    A friend of mine tried to peel a coconut.  Mr. Fukunaga did it better than the people in Guam.  It looked easy, but actually it was hard work.  We tried eating coconut, but it was like a sponge and tasted strange.
    This is the best shot of Mr. Kawakami.  He is from Yamasaki.  He made a fish from coconut leaves.  It was difficult for me to make one.
    The staff showed us Chamorro’s fire dance.  I felt the heat of the flame.  I wanted to try it.  It was dangerous, though.  They won applause from the audience.  We were so moved that all the boys of Chikusa showed Karate in front of many people.


    At night, we went to the Chamorro village.  In Guam, shop-owners set up a market outside every week where people can enjoy shopping.  We showed “karate” and “soranbushi” on the stage there.  Also, we gave “taketonbo” which we made for people there.  This is a picture which we showed “karate”.  I think we were able to show perfect “karate”.
    This is a picture which we showed “soranbushi” by all the members of our class.  An accident happened but all the members danced pleasantly and hard.  The audience was excited and enjoyed our dance.  We were satisfied with our dance.
After the stage was finished, we went to the supermarket to buy food for the night.  I was surprised because Guam’s supermarket is larger than most Japanese supermarkets.


    We joined a submarine tour.  We got on this ship to get to the place where a submarine was waiting.
    When we arrived at the place, suddenly the submarine appeared.
    The entrance was so narrow that we had to be careful.
    We could see coral reef spreading at a depth of 14 meters.  A lot of fish were sailing elegantly.  Then the submarine started to go down to a depth of 40 meters.  I was moved because I experienced it for the first time in my life.


    Our group went dolphin watching by boat.  The sea in Guam is very beautiful and very blue.  We enjoyed fishing during our free time.  We caught red fish, blue fish, and fish with poison.  We also enjoyed riding in a banana boat.  It was not exciting because the boat went slow.
    We were able to see dolphins after twenty minutes.  It was like a school of dolphins.  It was the first time for me to watch wild dolphins nearby.  They looked cuter than dolphins in an aquarium. 


    We went on a dinner cruise on our last day.  We wore necklaces.  We were also given a headdress made of coconut leaves.  It was very cute.  In this picture we are watching the setting sun.  The setting sun was hidden behind the clouds, but it was a heavenly scene.  It was very beautiful, I have a picture of it as my cell phone’s background.  In this picture we are dancing to exciting music with many people.  We danced “Koisuru fortune cookie.”  It was so exciting that we didn’t want to get off the boat.


    We got up at three-thirty in the early morning. Then we left the hotel and went to the Guam airport. I was very sleepy.
    We said good-bye to Guam from the airplane. I was able to look around at the scenery of Guam. We were able to make a lot of memories and enjoyed ourselves. I want to visit again someday.
    This is the group photo which Mr.Harada took at Ritidian Point.  The sea is said to be the most beautiful in Guam.  We enjoyed swimming and picking up shells there. We all enjoyed Guam.  It will be one of the greatest memories for our class at Chikusa High School.  If you come to our high school, you can visit Guam and spend wonderful days there !    That’s all for our presentation.  Thank you for listening.


18:14 | Report


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