Japan Blog

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

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

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