Yamaku High School
Yamaku High School is a fictional school for the disabled, located somewhere in modern Japan. It is the main setting of Katawa Shoujo, where Hisao, the protagonist, is sent by his parents due to his heart problem. While it primarily caters for students with various disabilities, it is stated that anyone can join. The school does not however, accept mentally disabled students.
The school uniform of Yamaku is not actually a single mandatory uniform. Instead it's a collection of clothing articles that the students can combine for their attire. This allows students to choose clothing that better fits their disability (such as Rin and Miki).
Yamaku High contains several features:
- Main Building
- Medical Building
- Male Dorms
- Female Dorms
- Running Track
- Pool (Talked about, but never explicitly shown)
- Yamaku foundation offices
Students are pushed to join clubs at Yamaku. These clubs include:
- Book (According to Misha, the most popular)
- Music (Mentioned by Lilly)
- The Deaf Band (mentioned by Misha. It's unknown if this is part of the music club or a separate entity)
- Literature (Mentioned by Lilly, and Misha on random occasions)
- Newspaper (Hanako joins this club during Lilly's route)
- Baseball (Mentioned by Lilly)
- Science (Hisao and Mutou start this club in Emi's route)
- Hisao, upon first seeing it, comments on the gate being too 'pompous' for what it is.
- Despite having a 'grand' exterior, classrooms and other areas appear quite plain and simple, with basic wooden desks, old windows and classic blackboards (but as Hisao would say: 'Simple and efficient.').
- It is suggested that Yamaku has a large amount of funding, which would explain its size and its many features.
- "Yamaku" is not a real Japanese word.
- Some of the photos of the academy are actual photos of Brown University.
- Yamaku's exact location is never explicitly revealed. However, a few hints exist as to its possible location:
- Iwanako's Letter is addressed to a "City Miyagi." The place in Japan with the closest name would be Sendai City, capital of the Miyagi Prefecture.
- cpl_crud of Four Leaf Studios, after the release of the game, revealed that while he was photographing the city of Sendai for research, he imagined Yamaku as being in the location of the remains of the Sendai Castle (located here).
- When asked if Yamaku's mascot was a fish, Aura replied "Sure. Why not?"
- Shinichi Nomiya
- Unnamed female nurse (mentioned)
- An older woman is briefly mentioned as working as the Librarian when Yuuko isn't there.
- Haruhiko Suzumiya
- Lezard Valeth
- Misaki Kawana
- Akio Hayashi