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
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
‘Twas the night before Winterfest, when all through the campus
not a creature was stirring…not even a mustang.
The backdrop was hung behind Santa’s red sleigh,
everything was quite ready for the school’s big day.
Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center Co-Directors) reflect on the visit of ASIJ alumnus Peter Grilli ’59, producer of the award-winning documentary “Paper Lanterns.” Peter was joined by director Barry Frechette and music composer Chad Cannon.
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 (道 ). 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