Last additions - Toyosato Elementary School 豊郷小学校
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On the third floor is the music room where live bands play on weekends.Jul 30, 2012
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Colorful and artistic K-ON! postcards written by fans.Jul 30, 2012
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K-ON! fan's car.Jul 30, 2012
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K-ON! dolls. Too bad they don't sell any K-ON! merchandise.Jul 30, 2012
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K-ON! fans have donated and dropped off numerous K-ON! merchandise like these figurines of the K-ON! characters.Jul 30, 2012
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K-ON stands for kei-ongaku (軽音楽) meaning light music or casual/informal music. The manga/anime is about a group of five junior high school girls in the Light Music Club.Jul 30, 2012
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The K-ON! manga artist used Toyosato Elementary School as the artistic backdrop in K-ON!. However, the K-ON school's name and place are different.Jul 30, 2012
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From Toyosato Station to Toyosato Elementary School, statues of a tortoise and hare adorn the sidewalk.Jul 30, 2012
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K-ON Gallery. Guitars, life-size cutouts, dolls, manga books, figurines, and all kinds of K-ON merchandise donated and left here by fans are displayed.Jul 30, 2012
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Partially destroyed building. This was stopped via a court order.Oct 25, 2009
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Rear view of the old Toyosato Elementary School before renovations.Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato manhole, Shiga Pref.Oct 25, 2009
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The local mayor Ono Wasaburo was forced to stop his plans to destroy the building. He was later ousted from office, but later re-elected.Oct 25, 2009
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Rear view of the old Toyosato Elementary School before renovations.Oct 25, 2009
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Protest signs.Oct 25, 2009
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In 2003, local citizens and former students staged protests against the destruction of the old school building.Oct 25, 2009
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Before the new Toyosato Elementary School building was completed, the school held classes in this temporary structure in front of the old school building.Oct 25, 2009
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Front entrance of the new Toyosato Elementary School building.Oct 25, 2009
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What it looked like before the new school building was built.Oct 25, 2009
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Study desks inside public library. They face a window with a view of the new Toyosato Elementary School building.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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Public library in old Toyosato Elementary School. The renovations are very impressive.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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The new Toyosato Elementary School building.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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Inside public library which occupies former classrooms whose walls were removed.Oct 25, 2009
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Entrance to new public library.Oct 25, 2009
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Old gallery corner in old school library. This corner space is now filled with K-ON stuff.Oct 25, 2009
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Upper level of old school library.Oct 25, 2009
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Spiral staircaseOct 25, 2009
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The old library checkout counter.Oct 25, 2009
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Inside the old library which also has a local tourist information counter.Oct 25, 2009
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This old school library is most interesting architecturally.Oct 25, 2009
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This part is a cafe where K-ON! fans sit and gather. In the rear is a gallery space that is now a showcase of K-ON! memorabilia donated by fans.Oct 25, 2009
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The old school library.Oct 25, 2009
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Old school library is now a K-ON gallery, event space, and cafe. Fans of the popular manga/anime called K-ON! gather here on weekends.Oct 25, 2009
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Name plate for the old school library.Oct 25, 2009
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The old school library.Oct 25, 2009
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On the opposite side of the auditorium is the old library.Oct 25, 2009
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The school auditorium also has an upper level.Oct 25, 2009
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View from the podium in the school auditorium. It looks like that they still use this auditorium.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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Inside school auditorium.Oct 25, 2009
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School auditorium entrance.Oct 25, 2009
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School auditorium.Oct 25, 2009
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Inside school auditorium.Oct 25, 2009
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Looking toward the school auditorium.Oct 25, 2009
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School auditorium.Oct 25, 2009
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Stairway with turtle statue on railing.Oct 25, 2009
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StairwayOct 25, 2009
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Cubby holeOct 25, 2009
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End stairway with wash basin.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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On the second floor, a mural depicting a train station.Oct 25, 2009
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2nd floor corridorOct 25, 2009
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Another reconstructed classroom on the 2nd floor. This one was for homemaking.Oct 25, 2009
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Classroom windows as seen from the outside.Oct 25, 2009
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Classroom doorOct 25, 2009
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This is one of two rooms in the building which has been reconstructed as a classroom for display purposes.Oct 25, 2009
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On the 2nd floor, this classroom has been reconstructed to look like what it was before.Oct 25, 2009
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On the 2nd floor, this classroom has been reconstructed.Oct 25, 2009
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This is one of two rooms in the building which has been reconstructed as a classroom for display purposes.1 commentsOct 25, 2009
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2nd floor corridorOct 25, 2009
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Children's playroomOct 25, 2009
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VIP room.Oct 25, 2009
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VIP room.Oct 25, 2009
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Second-floor corridorOct 25, 2009
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The turtle makes it way at its own, slow pace.Oct 25, 2009
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This rabbit sculpture and turtle sculpture represents the famous Aesop's fable, the race between the turtle and hare.Oct 25, 2009
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As the rabbit sleeps.Oct 25, 2009
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First floor corridor and stairway. Notice the rabbit sculpture.Oct 25, 2009
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Rabbit sculpture on the railing.Oct 25, 2009
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Old camera that was used to take the school pictures on display.Oct 25, 2009
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Exhibition panels explaining school's history.Oct 25, 2009
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Scale model of old school.Oct 25, 2009
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Old telephoneOct 25, 2009
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Telephone boothOct 25, 2009
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On display are old photos of the school.Oct 25, 2009
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This exhibition room is what you first see when you enter the front entrance.Oct 25, 2009
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Map of the old school. The first floor has a public library, exhibition room, children's playroom, meeting rooms, and local board of education office.Oct 25, 2009
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First-floor corridor.Oct 25, 2009
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Little statue in the entrance hall.Oct 25, 2009
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Entrance hall. You have to take off your shoes and wear house slippers.Oct 25, 2009
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Statue of Furukawa Tetsujiro, the man who donated his own money to build the school in 1937. He donated 600,000 yen which is equivalent to today's value of a few billion yen.Oct 25, 2009
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Weather vane on top of the main building.Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School name plate at the front gate.Oct 25, 2009
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Anyone can now enter this old building and look around. Free admission. The school is Toyosato's symbol. Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School after renovations. A ceremony was held on May 30, 2009 to mark the completion of the renovations.Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School before renovations.Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School before renovations. During 1999-2002, Toyosato gained national attention when this old elementary school building was going to be torn down by the mayor in opposition to activists who wanted to preserve the building.Oct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School after renovations in 2009. Nice new coat of paint makes the old school look almost brand new. MAPOct 25, 2009
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Toyosato Elementary School after renovations. At a total cost of 650 million yen, the old building was repainted, reinforced against earthquakes, installed with an elevator, and preserved as much as possible.Oct 25, 2009
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Designed by William Merrell Vories, the old Toyosato Elementary School building was built in 1937. This picture was taken in 2007, before renovations. This is the front gate.Oct 25, 2009
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