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How to Define Coming of Age?

How to Define Coming of Age?

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

December 17, 2019

Every culture seems to have them: the Jewish bar/bat mitzvah, the Korean Gwanrye/Gyerye, the Latin Quinceañera, the Japanese Seijin no Hi ―coming-of-age traditions are a rite of passage around the world. To learn how students at ASIJ view coming of age, I interviewed students from Grades 10-12, asking them to...

The Harsh Reality of Reality TV

The Harsh Reality of Reality TV

Article by Hannah Bonafede, Writer

December 11, 2019

From the dramatic outbursts from contestants on Love Island to the tense elimination process on Hell’s Kitchen, reality television has undoubtedly become significant in modern culture. Reality television is defined as a genre of television programming that documents unscripted real-life situations. Howev...

Technology and School, for Better and Worse

Technology and School, for Better and Worse

Article by Espi Littlefield, Writer

December 10, 2019

On ASIJ’s campus, technology is everywhere: iPads, computers, and iPhones are used from the ELC up through high school, in the classroom, on the buses, in the hallways. The primary use of technology at ASIJ in recent years has been to enhance and deepen understanding of the topics being learned. Ho...

From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

November 21, 2019

“We believe this is the last stand for our future and freedom.” This quote from a 22-year-old protester in Hong Kong exemplifies the feelings of many of the nation’s young people, who have committed themselves to a taxing and dangerous movement to maintain autonomy from China. They have faced tear gas, ru...

Alien Invasions

Alien Invasions

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

November 10, 2019

Imagine walking down the street in an ordinary Tokyo suburb. What is the last thing you would expect to see? A flock of parakeets? Well, that’s just what I saw one ordinary afternoon as I went for my usual dog walk around my neighborhood. This got me wondering how the heck they got there. In my mind...

How was Your Shirt Made?

How was Your Shirt Made?

Article by Sejin Yu, Writer

November 5, 2019

According to the BBC, global clothing production “now exceeds 100 billion garments per year.” Defined as “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends,” fast fashion has taken over the world. Brands make billions of dollars per year while compe...

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

October 22, 2019

In terms of media coverage and general awareness, the Paralympic Games have lived in the shadow of the Olympic Games ever since the Paralympics were established seventy years ago. In 2012, NBC dedicated 5.5 hours of television coverage to the Paralympics. The 66 hours allotted for the 2016 Paralympi...

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

Article by Anna Milstein, Writer

June 7, 2019

A few weeks ago, Dohyun Kim and I were lucky enough to interview Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times; she began working for the Times in 2003. She attended ASIJ from second to fourth grade. Ms. Rich initially didn’t want to become a journalist, explaining that “when I was...

The Thing About Differences

The Thing About Differences

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

June 6, 2019

Race. Religion. Politics. Sexual orientation. Lifestyles. Hairstyles. Difference enrichens humanity. Yet difference has too often been―and continues to be―a cause of division. Science teacher Suren Tummala knows well the perception of difference. Born in India and raised in the US, Mr. Tumma...

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down

Article by Lauren Hartz, Writer

June 4, 2019

During activity period and the latter half of lunch, the library is chock-full of people. Look around, and you’ll see students socializing, students studying, students playing video games, and students sleeping. Conspicuously absent, however, are students reading. From 2013-2018, fewer and fewer book...

We Only Have One Earth

We Only Have One Earth

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

June 2, 2019

With the number of news articles all over the internet about climate change and how it is affecting our earth, it is easy to feel as though you can’t make a difference at all. However, this is not true. As an individual, you hold a substantial amount of power. Here are some lifestyle changes that yo...

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

May 29, 2019

Many countries have various traditions to celebrate the holidays of Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas, and in most these holidays have become highly commercialized. This is especially true in Japan, where so many companies use the holidays to promote and sell their products. Hallowee...

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