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, Japanese Teacher

STUDENT COMMENTS

Nanami
The home-stay was shorter than what I expected. But I learned how different American families and Japanese families are like, what type of food they eat, and their neighborhood rules.

Yukimasa
At the school I learned the culture of Japanese students. In Japan they have school lunch. When you are in 5th grade you are allowed to use scroll saw in Art class.The school classes are vary organized so it was easy to go to our next class.

Adriana Mon Belle
During the tri,p I learned about the Japanese culture and population(our exhibition topic). The culture is very different from our own. There were many things that represented the population of Japan. This trip was meaningful to my family, my classmates, and me, because we got to experience something most people don't get to experience. I also learned that I can do things independently and be confident in myself even when I'm not feeling at home.

 

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:

Lamb BBQ

Lamb BBQ

Mixed seafood on top of rice

Mixed seafood on top of rice

Crab meat and salmon roe on top of rice

Crab meat and salmon roe on top of rice

Seafood and veggie tempura

Seafood and veggie tempura

Hakodate Shio Ramen

Hakodate Shio Ramen

- Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

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".

During this learning trip we visited different-sized cities like Chitose city(90,000), Otaru (130,000), Hakodate (280,000), and Sapporo (1.9million) in Hokkaido. We learned what the population is like (form), how population influence to the environment (connection), and how population has changed (change).

Since we have a small class size, we could visit the places where I've never been, or I haven't been for a long time. Thus, it is kind of a learning adventure for me, too!

The students are here to learn, and pay close attention to everything that they experience.

By the end of the trip, we'll be prepared for our Exhibition in April.

Sapporo

Sapporo

Otaru

Otaru

Hakodate

Hakodate

Chitose

Chitose

- Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

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!

Graduation ceremony's practice. It is 10 days before graduation. All 4th-6th grade students practice it very seriously so do TIS students.

Graduation ceremony's practice. It is 10 days before graduation. All 4th-6th grade students practice it very seriously so do TIS students.

Yuki during the recess 

Yuki during the recess 

Adriana in class. Her teacher was impressed by Adriana's linguistic skills.

Adriana in class. Her teacher was impressed by Adriana's linguistic skills.

- Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

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 treasures for them.

Adriana, introducing herself to the class

Adriana, introducing herself to the class

Yuki & Nanami introduce themselve by writing their names on the blackboard

Yuki & Nanami introduce themselve by writing their names on the blackboard

This the world-famous Japanese school lunch!

This the world-famous Japanese school lunch!

Yuki, leaving school for home with classmates

Yuki, leaving school for home with classmates

- Posted by TIS teacher Takanori Fujii

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.

We visited a few places in Sapporo during the day, and met the home-stay families back in the Hotel lobby in the late evening. Everything went smoothm and everyone has gone now. I hope that all of my students enjoy our time here.

@ Chitose Station 

Native Hokkaido AINU that we have been learning at TIS

Sapporo TV tower

Former local capitol in Sapporo. This is the strategic place of Hokkaido Pioneer History.

- Takanora Fujii, 4 March 2016

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 to explore Japan after Capstone.

Best,
Taka

- Takanori Fuji, Japanese 5th Grade teacher

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...

In front of Tokyo Station


Imperial Palace


At National Science Museum


In Asakusa with Tokyo Skytree in the background


At Sensoji in Asakusa


- Emiko Yamaguchi, TIS parent

March 13, 2015: At the Zoo

Kids spent all day at Asahiyama Zoo, where they saw penguins going for a walk, red panda going through a clear tunnel above their heads, clan of Japanese monkeys hanging out and grooming each other, wolves fighting over food, and close up view of so many animals. It was an amazing zoo!

 

- Submitted by Machi Ito, Parent

March 10, 2015: School Visits

All students are enjoying their school visit so far even though they have to struggle against jet lug. Japanese, math, science, social study.. Almost all subject they've experienced. Unfortunately only subject they haven't done is PE.

I'm satisfied that my students have been trying so hard to learn everything from the host school. The teachers there praised our students so much.
Best,
Taka

P.S.
It's been warm since we've come here, but all sudden everything is covered with snow. Of course our students got so excited.

- Taka Fuji, Japanese 5th Grade Teacher