This is my third post since leaving America. See the previous one here.
After arriving in Japan, I went and checked out the campus that they have here. Turns out, the campus is beautiful! There’s two campuses, called the Gotenyama campus and the Nakamiya campus. I had trouble with those names when I first heard them, too. Most of the foreign students called them Goten and Naka at the start.
The first campus I went to was the Gotenyama campus. It’s the smaller of the two, but no less beautiful. It’s got a golden yellow brick with red roofs, contrasting with Nakamiya’s red-brown bricks with gray roofs. During the start, we had to go to a lot of various orientations. An orientation for traffic safety, another for sexual heath, etc. Seemed like there was an orientation most every day. All of these orientations were held at the Gotenyama campus, so it was the campus I became acquainted with first.
One of the nice things about the Gotenyama campus is that it has a library with roof access. It’s a little cold to use right now, but I still went up there and got a beautiful view of Hirakata city. The buildings stretch for as far as the eye can see, and in the distance, there’s some mountains. I’m definitely going to fulfill the cliche of eating lunch on the roof sometime once it gets warmer. That’s definitely something I’ve been looking forward to.
Soon enough, though, we had a tour of both campuses to allow us to get our bearings. That was when I first set foot on the Nakamiya campus. Despite being the bigger of the two, it’s still a small campus, especially when compared to the four-plus square kilometer USF campus. I can see one end of the campus from the other as I type this. The architecture, however, stands out at this school, rather than the size. All the buildings are made from the beautiful red-brown brick that I mentioned earlier, and, well… I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Another nice thing about both campuses – the food! Each place has a cafeteria that serves very good food at good prices. I personally liked the cafeterias on campus (controversial opinion, I know), but even then, the food at these dining halls goes above and beyond. There’s some pictures here, but in summary, you can get a full 3-5 course meal for 500 yen (about 5 USD).
It tastes just as good as it looks.
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