Photographer's Note

These are junior high school students visiting a high academic high school. About 95% of the students at this school will go to university, so it is tough to get into. These kids got to go around the school and take a few classes this summer to see if they want to try and get in next year. It's a big deal; the fate of Japanese people is decided in junior high. You must decide at 13 or 14 what you will do for the rest of your life. Pass the exam for a good high school and you have a shot at going to university. Mess around too much and your higher education is lost...

That green ball they are sketching is a pumpkin. Japanese pumpkins are really small and hard. I gave up trying to carve one for Halloween, but they are really tasty.

This was backlit but I did not try to fix it because I also wanted to show the reinforcement beams in the window on the right. For earthquake safety, the older school buildings have had this exoskeleton added on so they don't collapse so easily. The buildings that could not be reinforced are being replaced.

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