Kyogen: 40 Years Later

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

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

Head of Shibuya ward government’s Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion Division Visits ASIJ

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

The Middle School Musical: Shrek the Musical, Jr.

Once upon a time, in the land of Far, Far, Away in the province of Duloc a middle school adventure began in a swamp inhibited by an ogre named Shrek and invaded by a group of fairy tale characters who were forced to leave their homes because they did not quite fit in…

Cathy Berghahn, (middle school musical director), tells the story of the middle school musical, Shrek the Musical, Jr. Continue reading