Japan Blog

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

March 21, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 19-21 Hakodate

We arrived in the historic port city of Hakodate via express train and was welcomed with brisk temperatures but plenty of sunshine.  Weather-wise, this trip has been excellent so far though some of us wished we had not sent off our mittens and heavier gear to Narita when we departed Chitose.   Hakodate is the third… View Article

March 21, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 18, Otaru

Post by Eric Wynkoop, TIS parent: With images of umeboshi (little plums) still dancing in our heads, we got up at the crack of dawn to take in the sunrise from our rooms. After getting ready for an earlier-than-usual departure, parents and students enjoyed breakfast either in Haskap, the stylish hotel restaurant, or in their… View Article

March 20, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 17, Hokkaido Museum

From Ayana, Capstone Japan student: After the Pioneer Village, we went to a museum where we can learn history, nature, culture of Hokkaido. It was AMAZING! It had detailed models and real things like a Tonnkori. This was one of native Ainu people’s instruments. It looked like a Koto, but like a guitar. We got… View Article

March 20, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 17, Pioneer Village

From Ayana, Capstone Japan Student: At the village, they had houses and building of the pioneers of Hokkaido, and there were buildings that you can look inside. It was very interesting to see that some of houses and buildings were were western but inside it was Japanese style! We also had fun sledding with an… View Article

March 19, 2017

Capstone 2017: Reflections on our homestay

Several students took the time to write about their homestay experiences: Ayush:I was very excited to meet my homestay and go to Takadai Elementary School. On our second day, suddenly, it was five o’clock, and we were changing clothes and getting gifts ready for the host family in our hotel room. We went down and… View Article

March 16, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 16, End of Homestay

On Thursday, March 16, students had their last day of school in Chitose and said goodbye to their host families. Host families brought the students to the hotel to reunite with their families. Afterward TIS parents treated their child’s host family to dinner. Tomorrow the group starts the sightseeing portion of Capstone where they will… View Article

March 10, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 10 – Day 1 in Chitose

Greetings from Chitose, Hokkaido!  Despite long international flights including 2 hours layover in Seoul & late arrival last night, Japanese 5th graders had a good rest and started off their big adventure! We walked a lot and ate a lot of good food on our first day before meeting their host families.  Walking along chitose… View Article

March 7, 2017

Capstone 2017: Send-off assembly!

We had a wonderful send-off assembly today, during which we came together as a school and celebrated this special moment with our 5th graders.*  Each 1st through 5th grader got a flag to carry – one color per grade to symbolize our multiculturalism – that counts down how many years they have until their Capstone…. View Article