High school teacher Ryosuke Suzuki writes on the biggest cultural and service excursion of the year, Explorations Week—a week when the whole high school heads out to all parts of Japan and beyond. Continue reading
On Friday, October 20, Japan Foundation Award-winner, Japanese Imperial Honor recipient and ASIJ class of ’68 alum Frederik L Schodt delivered a commemorative lecture at the Japan National Press Club titled Cultural Surfing: Riding the Waves of Transnational History, Technology, and Pop Culture. Fred discussed cross-cultural exchange in a wide range of Japan-US pop culture topics with moderator Yukari Shiina, comic book translator and part-time lecturer at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Fred and Yukari shared stories about his first visit to Japan while in high school, his first experience with Japanese manga and its popularization in the US through the works of artists such as Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Fred also spoke on his own life and work facilitating exchange between Japan and the United States. Attendees of the lecture included students from our advanced Japanese course. Tenth graders Anna Komisarof and Rona Kitamura write on the trip. Continue reading
The Elementary School once again unpacked the oversized oodama, prepped the beanbag nets and untangled the extra-long tug-of-war rope for a deep-rooted ASIJ and Japanese tradition. Elementary schoolers had a chance to try out some popular undokai (Japanese Sports Day) games in a unique and less competitive twist on the event. Continue reading
Japan Center directors Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano worked with ASIJ parent Ken Kuramoto on spreading the Kendo spirit at ASIJ. Mariko writes on the meaning of dou (道) and a recent kendo presentation to the Elementary School. Continue reading
Machi Nakamura (middle school Japanese teacher) and students reflect on the March 15 Kyogen performance. The annual kyogen performance at ASIJ celebrated its 39th show this year. Continue reading