Japan Blog

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

March 14, 2019

Capstone 2019: Host School

A glimpse into life at a Japanese School for our students! The host school was so nice and the staff were all so welcoming! Our students seemed very comfortable ad happy, joining in with lessons, assembly and outdoor recess. They got to experience lunch time in Japan, which involves the students serving the food, before… View Article

March 10, 2019

Capstone 2019: Meeting the Host Families

Post by TIS Parent, Bill Andrews.  I wasn’t in Japan when my daughter met her host family two years ago, but I met them at the end of homestay and saw the bond that they had formed in one short week. So I knew that there was nothing to worry about – my son would… View Article

March 9, 2019

Capstone 2019: Japan – Day 1!

After a long flight and a good rest some of the students met at McDonald’s for breakfast. McDonald’s is in the same complex as the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, where we stayed the first night, and is across the street from Shinagawa Station. The McDonald’s seems to be busy all the time, and food is served… View Article

March 8, 2019

Capstone 2019 has begun!

24 hrs and counting! The kids are so excited and happy to be on their trip to Japan. Their faces say it all and they are looking forward to this amazing adventure. At the airport they waited patiently, talking, playing and smiling all the way. At Seattle airport they got to see the group that… View Article

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