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Simon Orozco Gutierrez

High School Student

I enjoy Art and Individuals & Societies because they help you explore ideas. In Art we turn our own ideas into a physical piece, whereas in I&S we learn about past ideas of individuals and societies.

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Middle School Student

I would like to meet the members of a band called Sekai No Owari. This is an international band and some members of the band are also international school students, so they make English songs and Japanese songs.

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High School Student

I personally loved our Continuous Learning phases. As someone who works better independently, I was able to focus so much more.

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Middle School Student

I like to bake or cook for fun. I enjoy trying new flavors and expressing myself through my passion for food.

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Daniel Patterson

Kindergarten Learning Assistant

Living in Japan there are countless places to explore, and always new things to see and plenty of international opportunities to experience.


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Steven Heere

Grade 1 Elementary School Teacher

I'm passionate about outdoor learning, environmental education, makers education, and science.


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Donna Saito

Elementary School teacher

I have been in Japan for over 30 years and I am still intrigued with the culture, language and food. .

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Naoki Okura

Japanese Language teacher

I help supervise the HS Drama/Film production team. We are working on a video of a modern take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

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The climate change and sustainability action event that was held by students, faculty, administration and parents last year stands out for me.

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I volunteer at the library regularly. I get to understand what the students are like, what teachers are like, and I can find books I think my daughter will like.

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For us as parents, it is a pleasure to witness how confident our daughters are that their actions will make our world a better place.

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I created the YIS Tokyo Parents Group to connect YIS parents who live in Tokyo. We get together regularly for coffees to get to know one another and to help each other out.

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Nic Hamada

Class of 2003

As the new campus project developed, Taisei Corporation came to realize that I had been a student at YIS, so they asked me to join the project because of the close connection. 

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Sawa Matsueda Savage

Class of 2003

I was always worried that my interests were all over the place, but I ended up doing something that requires just that: to be interested in all kinds of fields.

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James Makdisi

Class of 1994

We were kids put together from all over the world in a safe environment, with small class sizes and good teachers to facilitate academic, sport and social development.

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