ASIJ Stories: We’ve Moved!

ASIJ News will still remain here, but will no longer be updated. Check out our new site, ASIJ Stories for written content along with video and audio stories.

Our inaugural stories include a trip to teamLab, Kendo, Spirit Day and more!

ASIJ Stories

A storied school with over 115 years of history, ASIJ has entered the latest chapter of its life with a new mission and strategic vision for the future. Life at school is full of stories and the narrative of where our vision will take us is told each day through the learning our students experience in the classroom and beyond. Each of the subjects featured here has their own unique tale to tell—stories that are as rich and varied as the ASIJ experience itself.

The Ability to Inspire

At ASIJ, our mission is to foster a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers, inspired to be their best selves and empowered to make a difference. During the months of February and March, the high school student clubs COSA (Community Oriented Student Action) and SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality) partnered with the Japan Center to live out our mission and learn from those who are differently-abled. Through these informative experiences, many of our students now feel more empowered to promote and initiate inclusivity, kindness and a more accessible community for all.

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Hibakusha Visits ASIJ

The Japan Center together with the high school Japan Seminar class and all of grade seven recently developed and participated in a two-day program called “Hibakusha Stories of Survival,” aimed at understanding the impact of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings). The program also served to prepare seventh-grade students for their trip to Hiroshima at the end of January. While the hibakusha survived the immediate effects of the blasts, they suffer from the effects of radiation sickness, loss of family and friends, and discrimination. Continue reading

High School SAGE Visits Elementary School

High school SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality) students began hosting workshops for fourth and fifth-graders last May and throughout the month of November. SAGE focuses on advocacy activities within our community and the workshops, titled Breaking Barriers, largely focused on gender equality.  SAGE members Anna Milstein (grade 12), Zen Suzuki (grade 12) and Cora Eaton (Grade 11) write on their visits to the elementary school. Continue reading