The International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC), founded at YIS in 2011, is an affiliated not-for-profit institution promoting traditional and modern Japanese arts and culture. ICJC is designed to help international students and adults explore and appreciate Japan’s rich and unique culture through music education, arts programs, special guest lectures, and live performances. Located on the YIS campus the center is housed in a traditional-style Japanese house boasting a performance/lecture space, a Japanese tearoom, a Japanese traditional music room, multi-purpose rooms, and an innovative multimedia resource facility.

For more information about the ICJC and its programs, please visit www.icjc.jp.

Curriculum Enhancement Programs

ICJC coordinates a variety of activities both inside the classroom and out in the local community to enhance YIS curricular offerings.

Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center is guided by the Reggio Emilia academic philosophy where children creatively express themselves and learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing. ICJC programs enhance this child-centered curriculum with special hands-on learning experiences including Japanese printmaking, visual art and construction, drama, music, puppetry and shadow performance. Special classes include Japanese dance, music (13-string koto, singing and taiko drumming) and Japanese Way of Tea.

Elementary School

ICJC staff collaborate directly with YIS classroom teachers to enhance PYP beliefs and values in an eclectic array of Japanese traditional and modern arts-related classes. Students will find a new awareness of cultural values and traditions different from their own in living in the host country. K-5 classes include Japanese calligraphy, cuisine, dance, ink painting, music (13-string koto, singing and taiko drumming), the Japanese Way of Tea and various excursions (Sankeien Gardens, nearby temples and shrines, museums, etc.).

Middle School

Strengthening the MYP’s three fundamental concepts of holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication, ICJC’s distinctive arts programs help middle school students gain a clearer understanding and appreciation of Japanese cultural identities as well as their own. Special classes have included Japanese kimono design and wearing (Grade 6), Kabuki theater (Grade 7), and “Living in the Edo Period-Sustainability”, “Buddhism in a Global Context” (Grade 8). ICJC also helps coordinate various field trips around Yokohama exploring the rich traditional as well as modern local culture.

High School

High school students can directly interact with ICJC’s guest lecturers in all fields of Japanese art and culture. Furthermore, a database of professionals in various disciplines and ICJC’s link with the community are invaluable resources for students exploring Extended Essay topics, Theory of Knowledge work and service projects.

Friday Lecture Series

The ICJC Friday Lecture Series presents four to six lectures every year led by specialists in Japanese architecture, history, literature, music, visual arts and much more. The series offers the international community as well as Japanese audiences one-night presentations with some of the most relevant, engaged and original chroniclers of our present time. Guest lecturers for 2016-17 include:

  • November 18 2016: ICJC Friday Lecture #1

  • December 4, 2016: ICJC Friday Lecture #2

  • April 7, 2017: ICJC Friday Lecture #3

  • May 12, 2017: ICJC Friday Lecture #4

See the ICJC website for further details and registration information.

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