I wanted to borrow a book from Fukushima University’s library so I made the trek there. Not really that far for me. I got on a local train for two stops, got off. (Kanayagawa Station) Fukushima University is right next to the station. This photo shows a very small part of it in the distance.
To the left, the library. As a resident of Fukushima City, I am allowed to use the library there and have a library card.
By the way, in Japan, these state universities are prestigious. I went to the University of Kansas. They sound similar, (Fukushima University, University of Kansas) but a university like University of Fukushima is MUCH more difficult to get into. Top students only please, who excelled in the rigorous testing.
Whereas University of Kansas–almost anybody from Kansas can attend, I think? Some state schools are more prestigious in the U.S., like The University of Texas, which requires high G.P.A.s.
Anyway, only a real and true smartie pants can attend Fukushima University as a full-fledged student.
Lesser students go to lesser schools, especially private schools which cost a lot of money and are often for students who didn’t have good enough test scores for a state university.
Oh….another thing. Most students at the University of Kansas are from Kansas. But students all over Japan compete for spots in Fukushima University (and other top schools like Tohoku University, the best school in Tohoku.) I guess what I am saying is that the names of the schools sound very modest, but they are top-notch schools. Anybody in Japan knows that Tohoku University is simply one of THE best schools in Japan.
(Tokyo University, by the way, is considered THE VERY BEST in Japan.)
I asked permission to take photos.
The library at Fukushima University has a great collection of materials relating to the disaster on March 11, 2011. Almost all of the materials are in Japanese, though.
Just very few of the books…..there are lots, lots, lots more besides this.
Some books in other languages, mostly English. (Not a whole lot, though.)
See the “Strong in the Rain” book? I think that’s the most recommended book if you want to learn about the tragedy. The phrase “Strong in the rain” refers to a Japanese poem.
Moving on. We are NO longer in the disaster section. Now in the English section. If you have a small child, these books are useful.
Those books are what I read when I was a kid! I distinctly remember my mom bringing home the newest Frog and Toad book by Arnold Lobel when I was five years old. Or maybe it was Owl. I just know he cried into a pot and then warmed up his tears and drank his own tears. NOW THAT WAS LITERATURE!!!!!
Fukushima seems to have A LOT of books from the last century. It’s wonderful for me because these are the books from my childhood.
Readers for learners of the English language. The library at Fukushima University have a lot of these little books. A LOT LOT LOT!!!!!!!!!!
Books in translation by esteemed Japanese writers.
Japanese learning section.
Japan has the best selection of Japanese learning books. Hmmmm….I wonder why that is??????? 😉
I went to Barnes and Noble in America and their Japanese textbooks were for very beginners, and the section was limited. They did have a nice selection of manga in English though!
The level of these graded readers is way too low for me, but I want them anyway. Reminds me of second grade and working my way through the English readers the teacher had in a box.
There’s a world map on the wall and it has universities around the world where Fukushima University students can study abroad. This particular photo is just the U.S.
Walking back to the train station. Perfect autumn weather.
The train station. (Kanayagawa Station)
Fukushima really wants people to come here as tourists.
On the platform, waiting for the train. It’s a local train so there is just one or two per hour.