Nakaminato – Kaiyo Highschool
One of the most interesting high schools I have come across in Japan is the Kayo Highschool (or its full name of Ibaraki Kenritsu Kaiyo Koto Gakko, 茨城県立海洋高等学校), founded in 1934 and located just by the harbor of old Nakaminato City in Ibaraki Prefecture. Originally the school was a Fishing Experiment Station training center, and is now Japan’s only high school specialized in deep sea science and fishing. It is most well known for having a pool that is 10m deep, much deeper than most and therefore a preferred training pool for everything from marine civil engineering to rescue divers. As I didn’t actually visit the school all I did was sneak a few photos from the edge of the baseball field, but I would love to someday see the famous pool! The school also has a state of the art fishing vessel at their disposal and a training ship placed well out of the water. It reminds me of the tsunami when such sights were common place but this ship was put here by no accident.
The school is open to both male and female students, but not surprisingly all female students focus on the seafood products or marine science programs rather than the technical programs.
I think that if I could go back in time and be a high school student in Japan I would pick this school!