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
Jody Fuller (elementary music teacher) congratulates taiko teacher Moko Igarashi for her recent feature in a Dutch magazine covering her other, non-taiko passion.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Japan Center, ASIJ had the honor of hosting Master Japanese swordsmith, Miyairi Kozaemon Yukihira, the son of world-renowned swordsmith and National Treasure Miyairi Yukihira.
On March 6, over 160 tenth-grade science students, plus additional interested students and faculty, attended Mayairi sensei’s presentation on the sword-making process, a form of Japanese art recognized and praised around the world. Michael Bell (high school science), Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center co-directors) write regarding the visit. Continue reading
On January 25, parents of second-grade students visited camps to share their knowledge of various traditional Japanese holidays with the second-grade classes. The festivities included presentations on five holidays and accompanying activities. Continue reading