Kyogen: 40 Years Later

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

Sakura Medal​ in the Middle School

ASIJ students, along with students from about 20 other international schools across Japan, recently participated in the annual Sakura Medal Book Awards. Every year, the Sakura Medal is awarded to one book from each of nine categories (picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, middle school, high school, Japanese picture books, Japanese chapter books, Japanese middle school and Japanese high school). Tanja Kerbs (middle school librarian) and two middle school students reflect on voting day and their experience with Sakura medal. Continue reading

High School Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

David Neale (musical director/producer) writes on this year’s high school musical, a production that introduced the audience to “the woman in the chair,” who led viewers through the show, putting on a record of her favorite musical to deal with “a little self-conscious anxiety resulting in a non-specific sadness.” Her record plays, The Drowsy Chaperone comes to life and the stage is thrust back in time to the 1920s as it filled with student performers.  Continue reading

The Third Annual Engage Innovators and Entrepreneurs Forum

Erin Nelson (director of advancement) and Brady Cline (learning innovation coach/personalized learning coordinator) write on the third annual Engage Innovators and Entrepreneurs Forum at the Tokyo American Club held on March 14. The American School in Japan and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) coordinated the event, providing an opportunity for ASIJ students to hear directly from leaders in innovation and entrepreneurism, and to network and exchange ideas with members of ACCJ. Continue reading