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News and Updates

Special Olympics Unified Basketball Practice

The Kanagawa Special Olympics Unified Basketball team spent three days in November and December practicing with YIS students, staff and parents, continuing a long-standing tradition of community engagement, and providing friendly competition for the whole family.

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A Family, Not Just a Volleyball Team

We were prepared to make the AISA Girls Volleyball tournament one of the best of our high school years, and even more so because YIS was finally hosting it. As we strived to improve through hard work and a few losses, we learned to pick ourselves up, building our momentum towards getting YIS into the finals. And that's exactly what we did.


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HS student follows passion for alleviating poverty

Sato comments, "I thought of poverty as something very distant and far away from me as I only had some vague ideas. But as I started to do my internship, I was able to get a better idea of it and how even a water well or a school can help families to break the poverty cycle."

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Meet Our Community

Charlie

Charlie

Middle School Student
I would like to trade places with my teacher, Mr. Mejea. If I majored in Physics like he did, math would be so much easier!
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Aitor

Aitor

High School Student

I'd like to meet the well-known psychologist, Carl Jung. I would like him to teach me how to live my life to the fullest, and how to teach others to do the same.

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Polina

Polina

Middle School Student
I will be joining the Middle School Girls Volleyball team and the Brainbowl activity this year. I was a part of the volleyball team last year. I loved that kids from different grades were in a team together so it gave me a chance to make friends with people who weren't in my immediate friends group.
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Julie

Julie

Elementary School Student

I'd want to meet J.K. Rowling because I lover her stories and movies. I think she has a very creative imagination.

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Midori

Midori

Parent

The kids learn how to think for themselves. This is what is required in today's environment where so much information is available at one's finger's tips.

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Maria

Maria

Parent

I chose YIS for my son because I felt the school will give him that unique chance to study within an international environment, with students of multiple backgrounds.


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Sherry Greenfield

Sherry

Parent

The IB program and inquiry-based learning is so important. In the corporate world, it's translated as thought leadership, and the ability to communicate clearly is a really needed skill.

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Sophie Brown

Sophie

Parent

We arrived to Japan the week before the YIS Food Fair two years ago. I knew about it before we got here because I was looking at the school website, and I thought, what a great opportunity to go see the school and to introduce the kids to the school. So we really started YIS with the Food Fair.

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Luis Castro

Luis Castro

French / Spanish Teacher

Languages are much more than a coded set of sounds and rules: they are a gateway to hundreds of years of history and culture, to a different way of seeing the world.

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Lee Parker

Lee Parker

Secondary School Psychology, and Individuals and Societies Teacher; Global Citizen Diploma

I work with the Student Council (STUCO); as a Global Citizenship Diploma Coordinator, and with STICH - the Student Teacher Inspired Coffee House.

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Audrey Brown

Audrey Brown

Grade 3 Teacher

I enjoy leading the Nature Club with Sketching, an Elementary School activity. This activity always includes two optional family weekends to the Oi Bird Park in Tokyo and a hike along the Enkaizan trail to Kamakura.

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Elise Vitty

Elise Vitty

Secondary Principal

I am passionate about outdoor education. In my previous school, I led expeditions to regions like the Amazon rainforest and the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada mountains taking advantage of the diverse geography of Colombia.

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Nalin

Nalin Advani

Class of 1983

As you become young leaders in the opportunities and vocations you choose, you will often find inspiration from the magical experiences at YIS.

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Arthur Yoshinami

Arthur Yoshinami

Class of 1974

My first teacher at YIS, Ms. Tsugawa, helped me assimilate into YIS from Hawaii when I entered Grade 2. I owe my love for team & individual sports to Mr. French and Mr. Matsumoto. I never excelled in science but discovered the importance of innovation from Mr. Kerr.


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Destiny Ishihara

Destiny Ishihara

Class of 1990

I left Japan to attend and graduate from University in the United States. I returned to Japan the day after receiving my degree and worked in many different locations, careers and positions.


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Leo Konno

Leo Konno

Class of 2016

YIS supported me with so many chances to perform koto, and that really helped me to improve. I really like composing, so it was fun to challenge myself by composing an original piece as a YIS alumni. I really enjoy coming back and working with the YIS students.

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Live Learn Lead

Our new mission reflects our passion and enthusiasm for learning and leading lives of balance and purpose in building a caring community.
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Expeditions at YIS

Adventurous and wilderness expeditions create authentic opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and conceptual understandings for life-long learning and appreciation of the natural world.
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A Caring Community

There is an unusually strong sense of care and belonging at YIS along with great pride in the cultural diversity of our community members.
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We are YIS

We are 650 students from more than 45 countries speaking multiple languages. Learners, explorers, helpers, adventurers, performers and Dragons, we are all YIS.
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Learning at YIS

Learning changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning.
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