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November 21, 2019

Capstone Class of 2020: Hakodate Sightseeing

Welcome to Hakodate!! . . . . and is it cold here! Every morning when we woke up it was a crisp 33 or 34 degrees Fahrenheit, but got up to a nice balmy 45 or 50 degrees in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the wind chill (which was considerable since we were right on the coast)… View Article

November 21, 2019

Capstone Class of 2020: Tohoku Sightseeing

Day 6 of the tour portion of Capstone led us to the beautiful Lake Towada.   Unfortunately, it was pouring down rain, about 40 degrees, and snowing by the time we left, so we didn’t get to see much. Our party looked up some stats and learned that Lake Towada, an in-land volcanic lake of fresh… View Article

November 20, 2019

Capstone Class of 2020: Sightseeing in Hachinohe, Meeting with Host Families

  Hachinohe Portal Museum (Hacchi) After meeting Taka Sensei and dropping off our things at the hotel, we walked a short distance to the Hachinohe Portal Museum or Hacchi. There the children visited several information booths, reading and asking questions of Taka Sensei. They learned about traditional methods of Sakiori weaving and Hishizashi embroidery. They… View Article

November 19, 2019

Capstone Class of 2020: Hachinohe Host School

This year, TIS traveled to Hachinohe for the first time. Read more about TIS’s unique connection with the Hachinohe area here. TIS teacher Takanori Fujii shared some thoughts and pictures from the school. Read more below: It will be our memorial year to start a relationship with the school in Hachinohe city, Aomori. Most TIS families… View Article

March 21, 2019

Capstone 2019: Otaru, Hokkaido – The Last Day

  Taka sensei has been an extraordinary guide on this trip and has been taking  the kids to many interesting places. This last one was no exception. We met in the morning and departed to Otaru, a small city that has a charming environment and history. Otaru was a  former fish processing plant built in… View Article

March 18, 2019

Capstone 2019: Student Voices

TIS parent Adriana Burrola interviewed Liam and Sofia on the train to Sapporo –  What has been the most exciting experience of the sightseeing tour in Hokkaido? Liam – “What I liked the most about the tour in Hokkaido was making origami with the origami sensei in Sapporo. I liked the challenge of transforming a… View Article

March 17, 2019

Capstone 2019: Museum of Northern Peoples

Sunday March 17th, 2019, Hakodate City, Hokkaido Japan. On our last day in Hakodate we visited the Museum of Northern Peoples in the afternoon. The central focus of this museum was on the native Ainu of Hokkaido as well as other regions north of here in Russia and Alaska. The kids started with an activity… View Article

March 17, 2019

Capstone 2019: Goryoukaku Castle and Tower

  Sunday March 17th, 2019, Hakodate, Hokkaido Japan. We started our morning visit with a ride up to the top of the 350ft. Goryokaku tower. An exceptional 360° view of Hakodate city and the hills around it. The viewing deck provides a nice narrative and model display of the fort grounds below, a history of some… View Article

March 16, 2019

Capstone 2019: First days in Hakodate

TIS Japanese 5th graders took a bullet train to travel from Tokyo to Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. They arrived at the city of Hakodate in the evening of Friday, March 15th.  The group spent three days learning about the culture and the history of Hakodate. On Saturday, March 16th, students visited the morning seafood market… View Article