Japan Blog

April 12, 2018

Capstone 2018: Student Reflection

“My favorite part of the Capstone trip was home stay. The family that I stayed with lived in Chitose, Hokkaido. I attended Takadai Elementary School with my home stay student Kokona. During this time of the year there is a lot of snow, so kids play outside with snow all the time. One day one… View Article

March 23, 2018

Capstone 2018: Tokyo

After a free day to explore Tokyo on their own, the students were back together with their teacher for the final day of the Capstone trip. The first stop of the day was the urban oasis of Ueno Park. The students visited two of the park’s many museums, The Museum of Natural History and The… View Article

March 21, 2018

Capstone 2018: City of Hakodate on Hokkaido

Taka Sensei gave a history lesson on the ending of the period of Japanese isolation. Commodore Perry came to newly opened port of Hakodate in 1854. Part of the lesson involved a tour of the western style fort structure of Goryokaku as best seen from a 300 foot tall overlooking observation tower. Inside the fort… View Article

March 21, 2018

Capstone 2018: Hokkaido to Tokyo

March 20th: Students went to Hakodate Music Box store to design and make their very own unique music box. They were able to relax and eat delicious dessert while they waited for the glue to dry.  Then, it was time to say goodbye to Hokkaido and hello to Tokyo.  After a short flight, everyone checked… View Article

March 21, 2018

Capstone 2018: Asahikawa

March 16th: The students returned from their host families the night before, and had a full day as a group today.  We took a train for about 2 hours to go to the city of Asahikawa where Asahiyama Zoo, the most northern zoo of Japan, is located.  The zoo is known for creative behavior exhibitions… View Article

March 20, 2018

Capstone 2018: Otaru

Today, Japanese students traveled to Otaru by train and bus to visit 60-year-old Otaru Aquarium located by the Sea of Japan.  The students learned about endangered species, local Hokkaido sea animals and creatures. Despite freezing cold temperature, the day was full of excitement interacting with animals and shows with amazing performances by the sea animals!

March 9, 2018

Capstone 2018: 1st Day in Chitose

Before going home with their host families on Friday evening, students enjoyed touring around Chitose. In the evening the host families picked up 5th graders from the hotel. Students start classes at Takadai Elementary on Monday.  Ph Photos by TIS parents Machi I. and Emiko Y.

March 7, 2018

Capstone 2018: Group departs for Japan!

Japanese track 5th grade students and parent chaperones left for Japan today! The students are all very excited (and a bit nervous) to start Capstone. The trip begins in Chitose, Hokkaido, and to get there, they had to fly Portland to Seattle, Seattle to Tokyo, and Tokyo to Chitose. In all, the trip takes about… View Article

March 1, 2018

Capstone 2018: Send-off Assembly

Today we had our annual Capstone send-off assembly, during which we came together as a school and celebrated this special moment with our 5th graders.  1 week until Capstone begins! After the assembly 5th graders parade out of the gym and are cheered on by 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st graders all waiving their Capstone… View Article

March 23, 2017

Capstone 2017: Last Day

Taka Sensei announces the end of Capstone and says goodbye to his students. Most students will continue traveling throughout Japan with their families.  A big thank you to Taka Sensei for all of your hard work to make this years Capstone trip an incredible experience for these 5th graders. They will cherish these memories for… View Article

March 23, 2017

Capstone: Parents Reflection

Toward the end of the capstone trip, the kids seem more comfortable traveling and becoming more independent. For example, riding trains and shopping at souvenir shops are done easily by themselves now. During a visit to the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, there were so many visitors like us as it was… View Article