Eugene, 15 years old, “too ordinary daily life” at a prestigious school he was eagerly awaiting admission to. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Eugene, 15 years old, “too ordinary daily life” at a prestigious school he was eagerly awaiting admission to.

The summer of his first year at Tsukuba University High School. Picking up a senior's shuttle and a midterm exam

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On June 28, on an extremely hot morning. Prince Hisahito of Akishino, the eldest son of the Akishino family, was among the students going to school at the high school attached to Tsukuba University in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.

Carrying his large luggage, Prince Eugene commutes up a long hill to school. Recently, the security “adults” have become a little less conspicuous. Photo: Shinji Hamasaki

Chikuzuke has a two-term system, and the first semester mid-term exam was held in mid-June,” said a current student.

The first exam after entering the high school of their dreams consisted of five subjects for first-year students: Geography Comprehensive, English Comm, Basic Biology, Logic and Expression I, and Mathematics. On the last day of the examinations, club activities started in the afternoon. Prince Eugene is a member of the badminton club.

He is a first-year student in the athletic club, but he also works behind the back of the older students practicing, picking up the shuttle and so on.

When he was admitted to Chikuzuke, a school he has always wanted to attend, some congratulated him, but others wondered if he would be able to keep up with his studies, or if he would rank low on the exams. However, to begin with, Chikuzuke does not announce the ranking of grades or deviation values within the school.

So, many students go to cram schools to prepare for the examinations. Students who go on to internal schools start attending cram schools from around the second year of junior high school with a view to taking university entrance examinations.”

I wonder if Princess Eugene, who is expected to go on to university, will also attend such a cram school. The school is known for its liberal school culture and does not have uniforms.

He wears a T-shirt and a hoodie. He wears a T-shirt and a hoodie. His hair is a little bit out of place, but he seems to be an ordinary first-year student.

Since he will not be changing classes for the next three years, he may make friends for life with the boys in his current class.

From the July 22, 2022 issue of FRIDAY

  • Photo by Shinji Hamasaki

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