Welcome to... This role play is linked with Lavaeudeen Academy, so feel free to check that RP out! Mahoutokoro Gakkuen is the premier Japanese school of magic. It is located on the hidden island of Nakano-shima in the Sea of Japan, which is also home to one of the few wizarding communities in the country. Mahoutokoro Gakkuen’s houses are divided according to the Shishin: Black Tortoise, Azure Dragon, Vermillion Bird and White Tiger. Before Mahoutokoro was founded in the year of 1951, Japan had a long standing tradition of apprenticeship within the wizarding community, which often had a disparaging tendency to leave many manifesting wizards without a proper teacher, especially if they were muggleborns. After traveling the world for some time (Despite Japan’s Isolationist stand) and seeing how other countries, an idealistic young aristocratic wizard brought together the finest wizarding minds in the country with the explicit intentions of founding (and funding) a wizarding school for Japan. The school itself is a large, towering building built in a strange, western inspired style, reminding of something you might find in Rome or Athen. Meanwhile the town surrounding the school is built in a more traditional pagoda style- mixed with other, somewhat more modern styles. The entire island is rather inconsistant, which gives it a peculiar flare. Students are divided into years by age, with the youngest students starting their first term at age eleven, and graduating at age seventeen or eighteen after completing seven full years of education. Mahoutokoro, similar to Hogwarts, operates on a birth record system where students are invited to attend after their names have been recorded on a special list. Students can also submit an essay, a letter of request from a parent, and a primary school record to be considered for acceptance if their name is not already on the list. Students may enroll if they were born and/or raised for at least five years in any Asian country – such as Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc. Outside Japan you must submit a application, however. Only wizards and witches born within the country are automatically sent a letter. Japanese is the primary language of the school, although students are required to be proficient in conversational English before the beginning of their first term.