The Stinky Cheese Man at the ELC

Jean Caskey (ELC director) writes on this year’s Tokyo Theater for Children performance of The Stinky Cheese Man. The Stinky Cheese Man is a unique and impassioned retelling of various children’s stories and fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Tortoise and the Hare. Continue reading

VEX Robotics: Starstruck at ASIJ

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For those of you who don’t read binary: 30 teams of robots joined us this year for ASIJ’s biggest ever VEX Competition. Continue reading

Avast Ye! Lady Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Cath the Crazed (aka Cathy Berghahn, middle school musical director) presents the middle school musical, Lady Pirates of the Caribbean.

‘Ave a seat landlubbers, as I spin ye a tale. Aye, a tale o’ the swashbucklin’st, shanty singin’st lasses and lads ne’er before seen this side o’ the Pacific. On the eve o’ November the 10th, 11th and 12th, the middle school musical cast and crew presented Lady Pirates of the Caribbean. ‘Twas a tale of bravery an adventure. ‘Twas a tale of the Parrot Island orphans. Such a show of merriment these mates performed, the audience began a cheerin’ an a chantin’ along… Continue reading

Debra Barsha Brings Broadway to ASIJ

Brent Huber (Musical Director), Mariko Yokosuka (Japan Center co-Director) and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center co-Director) share details on a special visit from singer, songwriter, actress, composer and pianist, Debra Barsha.

Broadway came to ASIJ last week when Debra Barsha held a musical theater audition workshop for our high school students and met with middle school actors and composers. The vibrant Ms. Barsha is currently the Associate Conductor of Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys in New York City and was in Tokyo to attend opening night of the first Japanese production of her show Radiant Baby, a rock musical on the life of artist Keith Haring. Continue reading

A President’s Day at ASIJ

It’s not every day that you run into a US President walking through the high school lobby, but that was the surprise that greeted many faculty and students on May 18 when President George W. Bush visited ASIJ. President Bush made several impromptu stops on his brief tour of campus, popping his head into the library to call out “My wife was a librarian!” before wandering inside to greet staff and students. Outside, many passing teachers, staff and high school students were treated to handshakes and comments as President Bush visited the CADC, main field and weight room. Continue reading