あおあお4号 特集「汽車が走る町」
aoao vol.4

阿波池田駅の朝


朝7時43分、徳島線の汽車が阿波池田駅に到着した。数分後には土讃線からの汽車がつづけて到着。ホームは高校生たちでいっぱいになった。便数は一時間に一本か二本。だから、一本を逃したら遅刻は確実。“汽車通”の高校生が集中してこの便に乗っていたのだった。

駅舎を出た高校生はみな揃ってアーケード商店街に入って行く。ほぼ全員が同じ方向へ向かって歩いているので気になって付いていくと、約5分で目的地にたどり着いた。みな徳島県立池田高等学校の生徒だった。「生徒の6割以上が“汽車通”なんですよ」と、池田高校の先生。遠方から通う生徒が多いのかと思いきや、近辺の駅からがほとんどだと言う。山あいにある池田町は坂が多く、高校も急な坂の上にあるので「自転車だときつい」ことが“汽車通”を選ぶ理由らしい。

ENGLISH
Morning scenes of Awa-Ikeda Station

At 7:43 in the morning, a Tokushima Line train arrived at Awa-Ikeda Station. A few minutes later, a Dosan Line train arrived. Then, the platform was filled with high school students who just got off the trains. The frequency of the train service is every 30 minutes or even one hour. So, if they had missed the trains, they would have been late for school for sure. Almost all the students who commute to school by train used these trains.

Since all the high school students who came out of the station and went into the arcade shopping street were walking in the same direction, my curiosity made me follow them. It took about five minutes to reach their destination. They all were the students of Tokushima Prefectural Ikeda High School.“More than 60% the students of Tokushima Prefectural Ikeda High School commute by train,” said a teacher of the school. I thought that many students come to school from far places, but most of them actually come from the vicinity of Awa-Ikeda. Because Ikeda-cho is situated in a mountainous area with a lot of steep slopes and the school is situated half way up a steep hill, bicycling to school is really tough work. That’s why they use trains as a communing method.


車も通れる大きなアーケード。整列して歩いている生徒たちの姿が微笑ましい。
この日は月に一度の学校安全の日で、駅から学校までの道のあちこちに先生が立ち、声をかけながら生徒たちを見守っていた。

ENGLISH
Cars can go through the big arcade. The students walking in a neat line made us smile. Since it was a monthly School Safety Day, each of teachers stood in a school route from the station to the school, talked to students and watched them for their safety.


駅から商店街を通り、脇道を抜けると長い階段が! 登り口に高校名が書かれてあるが、一般の歩道なので誰でも通ることができる。ここを登りきれば、池田高校正門に到着。

ENGLISH
Long steps appeared when I came to the end of a back road after going through the shopping street from the station! Although at the start of the steps, the name of the high school was written, because the steps are part of a public road, everybody can use them. At the top of the steps, there was the main gate of Ikeda High School.
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