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WHAT IS AVAILABLE AT THE HIS DORMITORY

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Rooms contain (for two students):
- Bunk bed / mattress / mattress coverlet
- Desk, chair and lamp
- Cupboards
- Window curtains and bed curtains
- Wardrobe with shelves
- Plastic drawer storage unit

The dorm also provides:
- Free use of washers and dryers (two each per dormitory floor)
- Iron and ironing board
- Toiletries Basket (one per student on shelving in bathrooms)
- One Laundry Basket (to be kept in either rooms or in laundry space)
- Suitcase Storage Room
- Wireless internet access
- Printer (black and white)

Free wireless internet access and the living room contains a TV, VCR/DVD, electric piano. The communal kitchen containing a student fridge, microwave, stove and oven. Storage area for ski and snowboarding equipment, shoe cupboard space for up to four pair of shoes and extra storage for boots (please store any more pair of shoes in your room).

Access to all common areas including:
(1) Ground floor living room
(2) Ground floor Japanese style room
(3) Dining room
(4) Kitchen
(5) Ground floor bathroom
(6) Entry Hall
(7) Girls’ 3rd floor lounge (girls only) / Boys' 2nd floor lounge (boys only)
(8) Washrooms/Bathrooms – bathtub & shower rooms

WHAT TO BRING

Clothing
Towels
Toiletries, i.e.: soaps, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, etc...
Indoor and outdoor sport shoes for Physical Education class
Indoor casual shoes for school
Indoor casual shoes or slippers for the dormitory
Outdoor walking shoes

**Note that in both the dormitory and the school students are expected to remove their outdoor shoes and change into indoor shoes or slippers, even when walking the short distance to school i.e. no socks/barefeet. This is in keeping with Japanese custom and failure to do so will result in assignment to cleaning duties as a consequence.

Bedding:

  • A heavy blanket or comforter is a good idea. The dorm is really warm in the winter months but tends to be a bit chilly during the fall and spring. (Bedding can be bought in advance for you if you send an emailed request to the dormitory parents ahead of the school year starting.)
  • 2 bed sheet sets is best, that way when one needs to be washed or is in the laundry basket waiting to be washed you will have a clean set to put on your bed. (100 cm x 200 cm)
  • A pillow and pillow case
  • Blanket(s)

Winter Gear: Winters in Hokkaido can be long and snowy. Temperatures tend to hover around the zero Celsius mark during much of the winter while the end of January and much of February can see particularly chilly weather with temperatures falling to -10 Celsius. It is essential to come prepared for winter weather:

  • Heavy / wool socks
  • Snow boots
  • Winter coat / ski jacket
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Long underwear
  • Sweaters

Personal Medications / Cold Medication: If you take medication for a special purpose, please be sure to notify us through the dormitory forms received after application. It is advised that you bring over the counter medicines from your own country. If you need local medicines you may consult the school nurse and the dormitory parents.

School Supplies:
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Other Supplies to Consider: Each year the middle and high school go on overnight trips. Here are some of the items that you will need for these trips:

Soranuma Hike (Senior High): This is a two to three hour hike for senior high school students on either the 1st or 2nd weekend of the school year up to a lakeside cabin where we spend the night. Items needed are:
- Backpack
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Hiking boots or very sturdy walking shoes
- Flash light
- Camp stove (optional)
- Cooking utensils (optional)
- Winter hat and gloves or swimsuit – Weather can vary from year to year with snow on some years and swimming weather on others.

Domin-no-Mori / Hokkaido Citizens Forest (Junior High): This is an overnight trip on either the 1st or 2nd weekend of the school year to a youth camp area operated by the Government of Hokkaido. Students prepare their own meals and set up tents. See the above list for items to bring.

Takino Overnight: This is an overnight trip of students from grade 4 to 12 at an Environmental Education Center. The trip takes place during late winter and most of the activities are centered around snow.
- Snow suit or snow pants and parka.
- Warm boots, 2 pairs of gloves, hat, and a few pairs of socks.
- Be prepared to wear several layers of clothing including undershirts, sweaters, and/or fleece garments.

All dorm students are required to attend all school-wide events.

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