On November 16 ASIJ hosted the head of Shibuya ward government’s Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion Division, Ryutaro Nagata. Although his title is focused on Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion, Ryutaro has a special interest in awareness and equality for sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQ community, placing him in a unique position to work with the Queer Equality Alliance (QEA) high school club along with the Japan Center. High school senior Sara Hoskins writes on his visit. Continue reading
On November 13, second grade students had a special visit from The Mitsubachi Ginza Bee Project, a non-profit organization that sets up hives on the top of commercial buildings in central Tokyo. With them, they brought some bees. Beth Kelley (elementary school teacher) reports on their visit and the small, fuzzy, flower-pollinating friends they brought along. Continue reading
From October 2-6, eighth-graders took a trip to Lake Sai, where they experienced nature and faced both individual and team challenges. Students set up camp near the base of Mt. Fuji and participated in challenges that included cooking their own meals over campfires, rock climbing, orienteering, raft building and maneuvering their team over a 15-foot wall.
This year, in addition to the Lake Sai Trip the eighth grade also participated in Tokyo Culture Days—two days of activities coordinated by the Japan Center.
Japan Center directors Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano write on a recent visit and educational collaboration with the director, producer and executive producer of the film Koto. Continue reading
Every Fall, ASIJ buzzes in a flurry of homecoming week activities focused on school spirit and community building. The week culminates in Spirit Day, a day dedicated to cheering on the Mustangs sports teams, playing games and eating delicious food.