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  • 2013 Educators’ Study Tour to Japan: Educators' Study Tour: Education: Programs: Japan Society
    it was supposed to feel that way is the beauty of diversity I now have a greater variety of real world applications for my classroom I can share examples of new technologies for many different units in my class thanks to my science museum visit in Tokyo I can use Shinkansen in a greater number of units now and I have a greater historical and current perspective for my unit on nuclear energy My understanding of Japan was deepened by having literature art science and geography teachers along with the bulk of history teachers They provided ideas and made thoughtful comments from time to time that drew my attention to aspects of Japan that might have otherwise gone unnoticed Hiroshima will have the most direct impact on my teaching It was helpful because it provided a greater context for Hiroshima as a military city prior to WWII It also demonstrated the severe toll the atomic bomb took on civilian life especially children who were building firebreaks The two Hibakusha atomic bomb survivors we were fortunate to meet with provided a human connection to the tragedy I plan to use clips of the talk My Two Ground Zeroes when my students evaluate the U S decision to drop the bomb during our unit in the late spring About Educators Study Tour of Japan The Educators Study Tour to Japan offered edu cators nationwide the opportunity to travel to Japan for three weeks to bring their experiences back to the classroom The program was open to middle and high school classroom teachers librarians and school administrators principals assistant principals and department chairs only and included an intensive pre departure orientation and a study tour to Japan in June July for the cost of 1 000 Eight to ten full time classroom teachers and librar ians who teach about Japan as well as school administrators were selected for the program through a competitive process Demonstration of a firm commitment by the participants and their school administration to foster and sustain education on Japan in their school was an essen tial component of the application The program was open to all public private and parochi al middle and high school educators in the U S Both individuals and interdisciplinary teams from the same school may apply Highlight The study tour acquainted the participants with Japanese society through a wide range of site visits in Tokyo Kyoto Nara Hiroshima Aichi and Wakayama Homestays with families in both rural and suburban areas and school visits were significant parts of the program The tour focused on K 12 school visits to help participants have a better understanding of Japan s education system by meeting their counterparts in Japa nese schools The tour provided the opportunity to connect with Japanese schools and to meet Mr Tsugio Ito and Ms Toshiko Tanaka two A bomb survivors in Hiroshima who spoke about their personal experiences The tour included an optional visit to Fukushima a part of the Tohoku region strongly

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/page/programs/education/educators_study_tour/2013-educators-study-tour-to-japan (2016-02-14)
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  • 2014 Educators' Study Tour to Japan: Educators' Study Tour: Education: Programs: Japan Society
    education system by meeting their counterparts in Japanese schools The tour provided the opportunity to connect with Japanese schools and to meet two A bomb survivors in Hiroshima who talked about their personal experiences The tour included an optional visit to a part of the Tohoku region hard hit by the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami Comments from 2014 Tour participants The study tour was absolutely amazing A great learning experience that gave me unparalleled insight into so many things Japanese culture schools history food etc I enjoyed traveling with this group of people and know that this experience will indubitably impact how I teach about different topics related to Japan particularly war and memory The visits to classrooms while they were in session were terrific they provided a fantastic opportunity for us to see how subjects we teach in the States are taught in Japan The chance to talk to teachers in a kind of panel discussion was also a great opportunity to hear from them their thoughts on education in Japan and to share ours about education in America The interviews with the Atomic Bomb survivors were incredible and moving It was really interesting to hear their stories first hand I felt like I learned so much about the human impacts of the atomic bomb and I am really excited to bring their stories and experiences back to the classroom The highlight of my trip was my homestay in Wakayama I learned that despite formality and tradition Japanese love and respect are present in all kinds of families Living with a blended farming family taught me the value of communal living and the benefits of being open minded Seeing how the families interacted when we were all together was priceless Preparation Orientation Post Trip Follow Up Pre

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/page/programs/education/educators_study_tour/2014-educators-study-tour-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • 2015 Educators’ Study Tour to Japan: Educators' Study Tour: Education: Programs: Japan Society
    Homestay with families and school visits were significant parts of the program The tour focused on K 12 school visits to help participants have a better understanding of Japan s education system by meeting their counterparts in Japanese schools The tour provided the opportunity to connect with Japanese schools and educators both formally and informally As year 2015 marks the 70th year anniversary of the end of WWII the tour this year added a visit to Nagasaki and offered the tour participants the opportunities to meet four A bomb survivors in Hiroshima Hakata and Nagasaki who talked about their personal experiences The tour included an optional visit to a part of the Tohoku region hard hit by the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami Comments from 2015 Tour participants It s hard to overstate how positive this experience was for me It was humbling it was inspiring it was an opportunity to connect with a homestay family who I came to care for quite authentically Mr John Andrew Housiaux Phillips Academy Andover Massachusetts The Study Tour has given me a thorough understanding of Japan as a society and culture From the big picture of Japan as a nation throughout history down to the specific quality of Japanese life today I have been able to redesign my Unit Plan to touch on many small details as they exist in context to the big picture of Japan Without the study tour I would be lost trying to navigate the relationships that exist between the vast amount of Japanese history and culture that exists for us to enjoy Now I have significant touchstones well placed across the spectrum from where I can begin an in depth study and exploration with my students of any aspect of Japan Mr Jason Jamerson Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School New York City New York This was one of the most amazing travel learning experiences that a teacher could receive This trip was one of the greatest honors in my teaching career There is no other way to receive the behind the scenes tour that we experienced I am still processing all of the places we visited and experiences and knowledge I can share with my students I will be unwrapping this information for a long time and I look forward to matching the material pictures and experiences with my curriculum Ms Nicole Fagundes Carson High School Carson City Nevada This experience is going to be a great addition to my classroom and to several social studies classes Traveling to Japan has been a childhood wish and Japan was better than I expected and I know I owe that to our EST leaders and the opportunities they provided for us I am proud to say that I participated in a Japan Society program Mr Daryl Schuster Bayside High School Clearwater Florida Preparation Orientation Post Trip Follow Up Pre departure orientation Study Tour members participated in online orientation sessions followed by two day intensive pre departure orientation at Japan

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  • Ruth J. Abram: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    National Historic Landmark at 97 Orchard Street is the first homestead of urban working class and poor immigrant people to be preserved and interpreted in the United States Using the building and its Lower East Side neighborhood the Museum has pioneered the interpretation of the home and community life and it has set precedent in using history as a tool for addressing contemporary social issues From its founding in 1988 the Museum grew from a storefront operation with a volunteer staff of two and opening balance of 75 000 to an important New York cultural and educational institution with staff consultants and volunteers numbering over 100 and an annual budget of over 5 million Abram s writings have appeared in many publications She is the author of a book Send Us a Lady Physician W W Norton A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with an MSW from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University Abram has an MA in American History from New York University where she was a Kennan Fellow http www tenement org https www beholdnewlebanon org Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/ruth_j_abram (2016-02-14)
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  • Yasushi Aoyama: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    policy researchers and scholars He is also a Lecturer on the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University From 1967 1999 Mr Aoyama was employed in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government employed in a wide range of departments during his 32 years of service In 1999 he was made Vice Governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in charge of finding emergency housing and support in Tokyo for the residents from Miyake Island where a massive volcano erupted in September 2000 He retired from government work in 2003 but remains a key advisor to the Governor s office In his post government career he has become a leading thinker in Japan s burgeoning non profit sector combining years of experience in government work with a public service mentality He has continued to lead the successful campaign to support the 4000 residents of Miyake Island organizing an extensive volunteer network to do so Now more than half of the island s residents have been able to return home and restart their lives there Mr Aoyama is also the author of many books and articles on government and governance http www aoyamayasushi org Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/yasushi_aoyama (2016-02-14)
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  • Marty Ashby: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    Jazz Vocal Album 2005 Ashby has been artistic advisor producer and performer at jazz concerts and festivals around the country for over 20 years Since 1987 he has been the Artistic Director of the Animal Crackers Jazz Series in Racine WI and for the last five years he was the Artistic Director of the Jazz on the Circle Series at Severance Hall in Cleveland OH Marty also produced the Jazz at Seven Springs Jazz Festival from 1988 2000 Marty has led workshops and panel discussions for The American Federation of Jazz Societies Arts Midwest Southern Arts Federation International Association for Jazz Education and the National Jazz Service Organization He has also served as a panelist for several state arts councils the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and five consecutive years for the National Endowment for the Arts As a guitarist Marty performs all over the world with The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band and has performed and recorded with Nancy Wilson Paquito D Rivera Slide Hampton Louie Bellson and Herbie Mann He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ithaca College and a Masters in Music from Duquesne University Marty is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences NARAS and a member of the Society of American Magicians SAM For the past two years Marty has spearheaded a multi year broad based initiative to expand the audience for jazz the programs of which are built on sustainable funding models involving new public private partnerships The National Jazz Sponsorship Platform brings together multiple jazz presenters and properties to increase market share for jazz and the Jazz Is Life campaign was developed as an umbrella brand identity for jazz http www mcgjazz org Photo Brandon McChesney Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/marty_ashby (2016-02-14)
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  • Hiroki Azuma: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    at the Center for Global Communications GLOCOM and a Research Fellow at Stanford Japan Center Mr Azuma launched his career as a literary critic in 1993 with a postmodern style influenced by leading Japanese critics Kojin Karatani and Akira Asada In the late 90 s Azuma began applying his theoretical scopes to various pop phenomena especially the emerging otaku net game culture and became widely known as an advocate of the thoughts of a new generation of Japanese He is interested in the transformation of the Japanese literary imagination under its current otaku ization Azuma has published seven books including Sonzaironteki Yubinteki Ontological Postal in 1998 which focuses on Jacques Derrida s oscillation between literature and philosophy This work won the Suntory Literary Prize in 2000 and made Mr Azuma the youngest writer to ever win that prize He also wrote Dobutsuka suru Postmodern Animalizing Postmodernity in 2001 which analyzes Japanese pop culture through a postmodern lens He has also set up an NPO to encourage cutting edge critics who might be shut out of the existing publishing world https twitter com hazuma en Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/hiroki_azuma (2016-02-14)
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  • Casey Caplowe: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    nonprofits pushing the world forward GOOD launched in 2006 with its magazine and soon followed with a website videos and events The flagship magazine was named one of the hottest magazine launches of 2006 by Media Industry Newsletter and won four Folio Magazine awards and two National Magazine Award nominations in 2008 As a co founder and creative director Casey helped develop the editorial vision for all of GOOD s efforts and oversees the look feel and voice of the brand and all of its products The design and visual identity which Casey leads at GOOD been widely recognized and acclaimed In its first year the magazine was nominated for National Magazine Award for Best Overall Design and earned second place in the Cooper Hewitt People s Choice Design Awards of 2008 With a focus and passion for visual communication Casey co created the Transparency section of the magazine which explores data and information through visual explorations This section also garnered a National Magazine Award nomination for Best Section in 2008 and has since expanded past the magazine into The GOOD Sheet project in the fall of 2008 and more and more interactive projects online Working across media Casey has also helped develop GOOD s unique style of online videos and directed the redesign of the GOOD website good is With this and other projects Casey is helping to lay the foundation for a more open and collaborative future of the brand Prior to GOOD Casey worked on two concurrent start up apparel ventures with his father He graduated from Brown University and grew up in Virginia http www good is Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/casey_caplowe (2016-02-14)
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