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


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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