Master Swordsmith Miyairi Kozaemon Yukihira Visits ASIJ

 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

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