Japan Blog

April 26, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #8

All of us safely back to the US and start focusing on upcoming Exhibition now.I believe the experiences that they’ve had in Japan will be their life time treasure. I am so happy to be a part of this event with my great students. That makes me motivated to work for this school. – Takanori Fuji,… View Article

March 17, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #7

Foods are a big part of trip for all of us. We’ve gotten to try a variety of foods that we do not normally have in Portland. In Hokkaido, they are all inexpensive, tasty, and fresh (not frozen). Some examples: – Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

March 17, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #6

Exhibition is a special unit designed and executed by the students themselves.This Exhibition is truly unique to our school because we connect it to the 5th grade Capstone academic trips abroad. Before students left, they designed questionnaires on their topic of interest to gather data in their host countries. This year, our Exhibition topic is “population”…. View Article

March 15, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #5

The students are now done with school visit and homestays. The rest of trip will be spent touring Japan and learning about its history and culture. We are ready to enjoy true Japan! – Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

March 11, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #4: Calligraphy

The snow here almost melted away but it is still chilly outside. However, the temperature inside the school is really high. Our students have experienced lots of things during their school visit. – Takanori Fujii, TIS Japanese Teacher

March 8, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #3: School Visit

Our students are trying really hard to follow all instructions during their classes. The class has 25 regular students, and it is the TIS students’ first time to join such a large class like this. It also creates priceless lessons in their lives.  The Homestay and School visits on Capstone Study Abroad program will create lifetime… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 2: Chitose, Hokkaido

It is a day after our arrival. Of course all of us are exhausted from long flight. Most of us did not sleep well at night. However, the snow outside made everyone excited, especially our students. The snow is really dry, and is flying like cotton in the air. Yes, we are in a below-freezing temperatures…. View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 1: Chitose, Hokkaido

We are all here now in Chitose, Hokkaido. It has been really cold the last few days. The temperature here is 27F at 4PM. The weather conditions are a little tough for the teachers to handle, but there is no doubt that my students would be totally happy! street next to school host school entrance next… View Article

March 23, 2015

March 21, 2015: Another Capstone has come to an end

We have done all the capstone schedule now. I believe our students learned a lot about Japan, exhibition topicv”transportation” and the real communication with locals. I am satisfied with their dedication during the whole trip. Also parents helped me a lot to let me focus on my responsibilities. We are all healthy and still excited… View Article

March 23, 2015

March 20, 2015: Tokyo

The tired kids spent the last day of capstone in Tokyo, visiting the famous tourist spots. They said the trip was so short, and all answered the favorite part of the capstone was homestay. They had a wonderful time and memorable experience for the two weeks in Japan! Packed in a train during rush hour…… View Article

March 23, 2015

March 19, 2015: Yokohama

  Yesterday, we spent a day in Yokohama, visiting Nissan factory, Yokohama Port Museum, and Nippon Maru. The kids got to see Nissan engines being assembled, learn history of Yokohama and the ship displayed for visitors. – Emiko Yamaguchi, TIS parent