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The Ugliness of Pet Stores

The Ugliness of Pet Stores

Article by Tei Kim, Writer April 29, 2021

We’ve all walked into pet stores and stared at adorable puppies and kittens through the glass. We comment on how cute they are, stare for a few minutes, then leave. However, their evident cuteness comes...

Another New Normal for Students

Another New Normal for Students

Article by Tei Kim, Writer April 28, 2021

With ASIJ’s March transition to face-to-face, or traditional, model of learning, there have been mixed responses among the student body. The school’s preparation and care in transitioning back to full-time...

From Hybrid to Face-to-Face

From Hybrid to Face-to-Face

Article by Ryne Hisada March 31, 2021

For the first time ever in the 2020-2021 academic year, both Middle School and High School ASIJ students are now on campus at the same time.  Previously, the Hybrid model necessitated by the coronavirus...

What a Chocolate Bar Taught Me

What a Chocolate Bar Taught Me

Article by JonJon Wang March 14, 2021

Recently, my father told me a story.  When my grandfather was in his 30s, he was asked to buy a new mattress. To my grandmother, it seemed like a simple job: a one-hour drive to the local department...

The Capitol Riot and the Lessons of History

The Capitol Riot and the Lessons of History

Article by Kei Yamashita January 29, 2021

A heated riot and a besieged US Capitol leave no ambiguity that we indeed live in a new era—or more accurately, a return to older times.  Where Girardian scapegoating and provincialism run amok,...

The Richness of an Absent Mind

The Richness of an Absent Mind

Article by Akika Altman-Chandler January 7, 2021

Recently, I missed my morning bus. I woke up at 6:48, two minutes too late, bundled together my stuff and hustled out the door of my apartment. I live in Futakotamagawa, so it usually takes around an hour...

Biden's Presidency Will Not be Easy

Biden’s Presidency Will Not be Easy

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer December 4, 2020

After almost five seemingly never-ending days, on November 7, the result of the 2020 presidential election was announced: Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. Democrats, and many...

The Case for Political Diversity

The Case for Political Diversity

Article by Ryne Hisada November 16, 2020

High school is a center of learning — academic, social, and emotional. Most often, students find themselves exploring ideas and courses that they would not have otherwise entertained, if not for the...

Trump Then and Trump Now: Minimal Difference

Trump Then and Trump Now: Minimal Difference

Article by JonJon Wang November 2, 2020

It was in 2016 when I first heard of Donald J. Trump. Ignoring his coiffed hair and surprising age, it was his oozing confidence and boisterous speeches that immediately stood out. Now, almost four years...

Hurrah for Hybrid

Hurrah for Hybrid

Article by Tei Kim, Writer October 26, 2020

It is quite obvious that COVID-19 has brought upon many changes to our school lives: we go to campus school only two or three days of the week, and even in our classes, we sit in rows, distanced from each...

Columbus Day: A Celebration of Western Colonialism

Columbus Day: A Celebration of Western Colonialism

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer October 18, 2020

This past Monday, October 12, was a federal holiday in the United States: Columbus Day—a celebration of the day that Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, arrived in the Americas in 1492. However,...

Japan’s Pandemic Safety Blanket

Japan’s Pandemic Safety Blanket

Article by Sena Chang October 6, 2020

There is a tendency for us to describe our times as “unprecedented” or “unparalleled,”as humanity is currently faced with the greatest pandemic since the last century. As challenging as these times...

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