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The Rise of Indian Religious Nationalism

The Rise of Indian Religious Nationalism

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

March 18, 2020

India's Republic Day is celebrated every January 26, commemorating the day the country’s constitution came into effect. Traditionally a day of national pride, it is celebrated with folk dance festivals, great military parades, and planes that leave trails of smoke in the orange, green, and white of...

Flying on Vapors: Those New Nikes

Flying on Vapors: Those New Nikes

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

March 18, 2020

What is one thing that all runners dream of? A shoe that makes them faster. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, dream no more because one actually exists now.  The Nike Vaporfly Next % burst into the running world as a revolutionary shoe. Said to make runners 4% more energy-efficient (faster), the shoe...

Mixed Reviews for ASIJ’s Gold Card

Mixed Reviews for ASIJ’s Gold Card

Article by Rachel Martini, Writer, Photographer

March 17, 2020

In today’s world, practically everything can be paid for electronically, whether that be through credit card, smartphone, or even your Suica train pass. Similar methods have also made their way to our very own campus: the Gold Card will replace all cash and ticket payments at ASIJ’s kiosk and cafeteria...

The Future of History and Historiography: An Interview with Mr. Howe

The Future of History and Historiography: An Interview with Mr. Howe

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

March 9, 2020

Historiography is essentially the historical examination of what historians of the past wrote about an event that occurred before their time. Historians’ perspective of certain events changes based on the time in which they are living.  Mr. Howe examines this concept with juniors in his AP US History...

How ASIJ is Becoming a More Sustainable School

How ASIJ is Becoming a More Sustainable School

Article by Tei Kim, Writer

February 12, 2020

Environmental issues and sustainability are growing concerns in the world today. It is important to recognize the problem of increasing pollution and take action in order to prevent any further damage. This can be done on a global scale, such as the Climate March that took place in October, or on a ...

The Legal Battle for LGBT Rights in Japan

The Legal Battle for LGBT Rights in Japan

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

February 9, 2020

According to a recent poll by public relations company Dentsu, nearly 80% of Japanese people under the age of 60 are now in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. This is an incredible climb compared to even just a few years prior, and experts have taken it as evidence of an increasing awareness of ...

Technology Learns from Nature

Technology Learns from Nature

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

January 28, 2020

Although you may not know what biomimicry is, you definitely have encountered it. The term itself is somewhat self-explanatory: it is a method for the design of materials that draw upon biological processes and beings for inspiration. Hearing this definition may bring images of something prepostero...

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...

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