Osaka City Kogei High School
Kogei Senior High School was founded in Osaka in 1923 by the city of Osaka. The main school
building was built on the model of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany. It was designated as a cultural
heritage site by the city of Osaka and repaired in 1996 for permanent conservation. Originally, it had
only three courses of metalwork, wood carving and design, but it has been expanded in later years and
now offers six courses. These are Visual Design, Projected Image Design (Photography and Video Art),
Product Design (Industrial Design), Interior Design, Architectural Design and Fine Art. High school
in Japan offers three years of education. At Kogei each course consists of one class for each year, and
each class is made up of 40 students. Therefore, at Kogei, some 700 students are presently studying
art and design in 18 classes under the instruction of some 100 teachers and administrative staff,
two-thirds of whom are full-time teachers. About 80 % of the students are female and most students
(more than 80%) continue to study in institutions of higher education (universities, junior colleges, and
professional and vocational schools).
The academic year for Kogei Senior High School begins in April and ends in March as in all
schools in Japan. It is divided in three terms: the first term lasts from April 8th to July 23rd,
the second term from August 27th to December 25th, and the third term from January 7th to March 13th.
Throughout the year, we have various school events: entrance ceremony and school outing in
April, sports day and chorus contest in June, open school days in July, September and November,
school excursion (Tohoku) in September, school festival in October, study tour to Italy in December,
exhibition of the students' works in February, and commencement (graduation ceremony) in March.
From Monday through Friday, students study six periods a day: four periods in the morning and
two in the afternoon. Each period consists of 50 minutes with a ten-minute recess in-between. School
begins at 8:30 and finishes at 3:05 with a 40 minute lunch break. From the academic year of 2002 on,
Saturday has become a holiday for all public schools in Japan.
Besides class studies the school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities: sports clubs such as
Japanese fencing, soccer, athletic sports, Ping-Pong (table tennis), softball, tennis, baseball, badminton,
basketball, volleyball and gymnastics; cultural clubs such as brass band, workshop for comics, school
broadcasting, painting, animation study, rock bands and drama; and circles such as study group of
historic buildings, jewelry and metalwork, English, flower arrangement and lacrosse.
In addition to many classrooms, workshops and laboratories, the school has facilities such as
library, cafeteria, gymnasium and playgrounds. For years computer instruction has been provided in
every course and computers are available in many places in the school.
In September, 1992 our school and the First National Art High School of Milan (Liceo Artistico
Statale 1o di Milano), now Brera National Art High School (Liceo Artistico Statale di Brera), agreed to
become sister schools. Since then we have promoted a cordial relationship with our Italian partner
school by accepting their graduates at our school (so far three times, one-year staying each) as well as
exchanging students' works and pictures. In December, 1999 we organized our first study tour to Italy.
Comprised of 25 2nd-year students and three teachers, the study group visited Milan, Florence and
Rome. Of course they visited our sister school in Milan and had a wonderful time meeting and talking
with teachers and students there. We visited Italy again in 2000 and the study tour to Italy has now
become one of the major annual events of our school. In 2001, however, we had to cancel our study
tour overseas because of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks on the US. We resumed it in 2002. Now we
are busy preparing for our 16th 10-day study tour to Italy this December.
In the academic year of 2002, we opened a class in Italian language and culture. At first the
class was designed only for 3rd-year students as an elective, but from the academic year of 2004 on,
chances have been offered to 2nd-year students as well to study Italian language and culture.
( as of June, 2014 )