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.

Students Learn Soup from the Master

Tomoko Nakai’s HS Japanese 9 classes recently began their unit on traditional new year’s food and traditions are exploring traditional new year’s ozoni and how the soup differs in every region. Renowned Chef Hajime Kimura visited ASIJ to help introduce students to the world of washoku,  and to introduce the techniques and ingredients used in making ozoni. Head chef at Takehashi Japanese Restaurant in Otemachi’s KKR Hotel Tokyo, Chef Kimura has more than 22 years of experience and served an apprenticeship for four years to legendary “Iron Chef” Koumei Nakamura. The Japan Center arranged Chef Kimura’s visit to help introduce this unit, at the end of which Japanese 9 students will present their research on a specific region’s ozoni soup. Continue reading

The 20th Annual Fun Run

On October 16, students, parents, faculty, staff and the Mustang dedicated their time (and feet!) to help raise funds for a charitable organization through our 20th annual community Fun Run. We believe that by infusing philanthropy into our community activities we can embody our core values and purposefully engage with our strategic priorities, especially our mission to empower our students to make a difference. 

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Mahalo to Ukulele Virtuoso Ben Ahn

Hawaiian musician Ben Ahn recently made a return visit to ASIJ and spent a week working with our elementary school music teachers and their classes. Ben taught students the art of ukulele and gave a special community performance as part of Spirit Week. Karolee Kent (elementary school teacher) writes on Ben Ahn’s visit.  Continue reading

A Very Rainy Spirit Day

In September, ASIJ celebrates homecoming with a week of community-building activities. The flurry of activities culminates in Spirit Day—a day dedicated to cheering on the Mustangs sports teams, playing games, student booths, eating delicious food and, for the second year running, sumo! Although the weather was uncooperative, the rain did not wash away our students’, parents’, faculty and friends’ Mustang Spirit, as we witnessed an amazing turnout. Continue reading