Elementary school Japanese teachers recently coordinated an authentic rakugo experience through the Japan Center. Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center directors) write on the elementary school Japanese foreign-track classes’ exploration into Edo-period culture and a visit by rakugo master Kokontei-Komaji.
On March 14, students and faculty celebrated four decades of ASIJ kyogen performances. The annual tradition begin in 1978, with it’s first shows during the school’s 75th anniversary Matsuri and has continued to this day, led by the same family of kyogen teachers. Kyogen faculty advisor, Machi Nakamura, and students reflect on the anniversary performance. Continue reading
Tammy Pretz (elementary school librarian) writes on February 14’s World Read Aloud Day in the elementary school library.
Eighth-grader Matthew Kaung writes on the Middle School Student Service Leadership Team’s (SSLT) yearly trip to Tohoku as part of the Tohoku Virtual English Classroom (TVEC) program in support of victims of the 3/11 earthquake. Continue reading
The Early Learning Center has a long history of embracing Japanese holidays and culture as a platform for activities that introduce children to Japanese arts and crafts, music, food, traditional clothing, children’s literature, games and toys. Although this rich study extends through the entire year, many of the cultural activities take place between January and March, beginning with mochi, sumo and taiko. Continue reading