Japan Blog

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

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


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