Middle school student Espi Littlefield covers the seventh-grade Extended Campus Trips to Izu—an exploration of tide pools, deep-water snorkeling adventures, kayaking and surf lessons. The experience helped students to get out of the city and into an environment that is in stark contrast to their every day life. Continue reading
On Friday, May 18, 200 high school students began the Sixth Annual 24-Hour Relay to raise awareness and money for cancer-related causes in Japan. One of these causes is the Shine On! Facility Dog Program based out of the Shizuoka Children’s Hospital and Kanagawa Children Medical Center. Warren Lavender (high school counselor) writes on this year’s relay.
Tanja Kerbs (middle school librarian) writes on a visit by three student representatives of Project UMI from United World Colleges International School of Asia, Karuizawa (UWC ISAK). UWC ISAK is Japan’s only international boarding high school and member of the United World Colleges movement.
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 its 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