Kotoba-no-jyugyo: A Class for Words and Language

Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center Co-Directors) recently introduced teachers and students to a unique workshop called “Kotoba-no-jyugyo: A Class for Words and Language,” available only through the Yomiuri Education Network, a non-profit educational support organization linked to Yomiuri Shimbun (Newspaper). The opportunity to bring this workshop to our students is the result of a new partnership between ASIJ and the Yomiuri Group, which is comprised of entities such as the Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Amusement Park, Nippon Television, Yomiuri Culture Schools and the Yomiuri Giants. Continue reading


Debra Barsha Brings Broadway to ASIJ

Brent Huber (Musical Director), Mariko Yokosuka (Japan Center co-Director) and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center co-Director) share details on a special visit from singer, songwriter, actress, composer and pianist, Debra Barsha.

Broadway came to ASIJ last week when Debra Barsha held a musical theater audition workshop for our high school students and met with middle school actors and composers. The vibrant Ms. Barsha is currently the Associate Conductor of Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys in New York City and was in Tokyo to attend opening night of the first Japanese production of her show Radiant Baby, a rock musical on the life of artist Keith Haring. Continue reading

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AP Seminar Continues to Grow

Students in AP Seminar doubled in number for the 2015-16 school year,  with thirty students opting to take the class. Although AP Seminar is currently an elective credit, students are beginning to understand the transformative power it has on their learning. With twenty skills to master by the end of each year, students take time to reflect through a growth portfolio.

Students share highlights of their growth and development through AP Seminar. Continue reading


A President’s Day at ASIJ

It’s not every day that you run into a US President walking through the high school lobby, but that was the surprise that greeted many faculty and students on May 18 when President George W. Bush visited ASIJ. President Bush made several impromptu stops on his brief tour of campus, popping his head into the library to call out “My wife was a librarian!” before wandering inside to greet staff and students. Outside, many passing teachers, staff and high school students were treated to handshakes and comments as President Bush visited the CADC, main field and weight room. Continue reading