High school teacher Ryosuke Suzuki writes on the biggest cultural and service excursion of the year, Explorations Week—a week when the whole high school heads out to all parts of Japan and beyond. Continue reading
On Friday, October 20, Japan Foundation Award-winner, Japanese Imperial Honor recipient and ASIJ class of ’68 alum Frederik L Schodt delivered a commemorative lecture at the Japan National Press Club titled Cultural Surfing: Riding the Waves of Transnational History, Technology, and Pop Culture. Fred discussed cross-cultural exchange in a wide range of Japan-US pop culture topics with moderator Yukari Shiina, comic book translator and part-time lecturer at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Fred and Yukari shared stories about his first visit to Japan while in high school, his first experience with Japanese manga and its popularization in the US through the works of artists such as Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Fred also spoke on his own life and work facilitating exchange between Japan and the United States. Attendees of the lecture included students from our advanced Japanese course. Tenth graders Anna Komisarof and Rona Kitamura write on the trip. Continue reading
Moving from fifth grade to sixth grade is an important transition in the life of a child. The middle school experience can seem overwhelming! But for the sixth grade students at ASIJ, an important step in that transition is joining a three-day trip to the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP) center in the mountains of Kiyosato, east of Tokyo. KEEP is a recreational complex set in dairy farming land among the Japanese Alps, with sweeping views of Mt Fuji on cloudless days.
As one of our strategic objectives, we strive to develop students who take risks, explore passions, develop their strengths and learn resilience. Students spend their time hiking, going on night explorations and engaging in forest challenges led by KEEP rangers and ASIJ teachers. Students try new experiences and work together with their peers to persevere through challenges. Each child finds deeper bonds with the other students in their advisory, their advisor and the Middle School. Illustrating those activities and connections, sixth-graders write to share their favorite memories of KEEP. Continue reading
On October 26, our early learning center students headed out to the farm for the yearly sweet potato harvest. The sweet potato digs are an ELC PTA-sponsored tradition that students look forward to every year as the weather cools and leaves start to turn shades of red and yellow, giving them a chance to learn about and experience a seasonal Japanese cultural tradition. Continue reading
From October 2-6, eighth-graders took a trip to Lake Sai, where they experienced nature and faced both individual and team challenges. Students set up camp near the base of Mt. Fuji and participated in challenges that included cooking their own meals over campfires, rock climbing, orienteering, raft building and maneuvering their team over a 15-foot wall.
This year, in addition to the Lake Sai Trip the eighth grade also participated in Tokyo Culture Days—two days of activities coordinated by the Japan Center.