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School Merger Planned for Naruto and Mima

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From the December 17 Tokushima Newspaper:

During the Tokushima Prefectural Board of Education AGM held on the 16th, a plan was unveiled to reform and merge schools in the Naruto and Mima municipalities to create two new schools. According to the plan, Naruto Daiichi High School and Naruto Technical High Schools (both in the Naruto City area) would be reformed and merged by the year 2012, and Sadamitsu Technical High School in Tsurugi would be merged with Mima Commercial High School in Mima City by the year 2014.

The new school created proposed by the merger of Naruto Daiichi and Naruto Technichal is set to use the current grounds of Naruto Technical and will be run as a prefecturally funded and administered school.  Plans also show that it will be the first school in the prefecure to have a sports course (one class) and an intergrated science course (five classes) available for students.

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Santa Comes from the River

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When: December 23-25, 18:00-20:00.
Where: The Shinmachi River in Tokushima City.

Does your idea of a good time involve people dressed in Santa suits throwing presents from a moving boat to catch rugby-like while diving through crowds of eager people. Yes? Well, you’re in luck! Every year on the Shinmachi River in down town Tokushima City is the warm and fuzzy Christmas event ‘Santa Comes from the River’. While most Christmassy events tend to capture quaint images of families gathering round the Christmas tree with smiling faces, however, this is  definitely not one of those.

The premise of the event is very simple – Santa arrives on the Shinmachi River to hand out presents to the families and young boys and girls along the riverside as he travels about by boat.  In theory, very touching. In fact, the boats are very, very fast. And what’s more, they’re a little ways out from the edge of water due to the embankments and the shallow water. What this means for the audience is that you need to keep a quick pace along the water’s edge, and have a good catch as well when the presents start flying! Some of them even fall short and land back in the river to be collected by a boat following up at the rear.

The santas aboard their boat, making a loop around the centre of Tokushima City to deliver presents.

The Santas on their boat as they make a long loop around the centre of Tokushima City to deliver presents.

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