High School Musical: Leap of Faith

The high school musical cast and crew reflect on this year’s production of Leap of Faith–the story of Jonas Nightengale, a con-man hoping to swindle money from the good folks of Sweetwater Kansas. Instead he finds his soulmate and a possible road to personal redemption, if only he can learn the true meaning of faith. Continue reading

Ikebana: Lisa Okazaki and the Way of Flower Arrangement

Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center Co-Directors) welcome Lisa Okazaki (Grade 12) to the Japan Center, where she is offering monthly presentations on ikebana during activity period.

This school year, the Japan Center will focus on the theme of dou ( ). The character 道, read michi or dou in Japanese, translates to “path” or “the way of,” respectively. The latter dou is a term used to denote the fundamental principle underlying a system of thought or belief, an art or a skill. It is commonly used to describe the code of behavior in traditional Japanese disciplines. Continue reading

Elementary School Parent Share Day

On September 16, the elementary school dedicated a full day to “Parent Share.” Parent Share Day included conferences, which offered valuable opportunity for early parent-teacher meetings to share hopes for the year ahead, and informational sessions by the elementary school specialists, providing insight into what students will experience in their classes. Continue reading

Princess Kesang of Bhutan Visits ASIJ

On May 9, Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuk of the Bhutanese Royal Family visited ASIJ to speak with elementary and high school students. Princess Kesang is the Executive Director of Bhutan’s Thangka Conservation Center (TCC) as well as a scholar of ancient Buddhist scriptural text and iconography. The Princess was joined by Ephraim “Eddie” Jose, who was the Chief Conservator for the global exhibition The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan and the first non-Japanese recipient of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Properties certification. Eddie is currently an art conservation consultant based in Bellevue, Washington. Continue reading