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What kind of city is Boston?

Boston is one of the oldest historic cities in the United States.

In 1630, Boston was founded as a British colony.

In the eighteenth century, people in Boston rose up against the policy toward colonies by Great Britain, demonstrated by the Boston Tea Party.

By the end of the eighteenth century, the American Revolutionary War erupted, and George Washington, who was the General of the Continental Army, became the first President of the United States.

Boston could be called the birthplace of America.

The rich history permeates along Freedom Trail as you stroll through stone pavements with brick buildings.



Here in Boston, there are many research institutions and universities such as Harvard University, the oldest in the States, and MIT which contributed to the completion of rocket engineering for space projects in the US.  The first principal of our school, Dr. Kohichi Masubuchi, contributed to the aerospace research at MIT.

There are eight presidents of the United States who are graduates of Harvard University including President John F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama.  Also, over thirty Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners studied and researched in Greater Boston.  This could be one of the reasons many intellectual scholars are attracted to Boston.

Not only the world’s most gifted people are around, but also it’s a city full of culture. In music, there are many top musicians in the world such as Seiji Ozawa, the former Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, the famous composer of movie music like ET and the conductor of Boston Pops Orchestra; Ryu Goto, the professional violinist who studied science at Harvard University.  In the field of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, boasts many collections of Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne which are very popular impressionists to many Japanese, as well as Japanese arts such as Ukiyoe, the Japanese woodblock prints, and the Buddhist paintings.  The Japanese Garden, a part of MFA, was built in dedication to Kakuzo Okakura aka Okakura Tenshin, the curator of Japanese Arts. In sports, there are famous Japanese athletes in Red Sox and in Revolutions in their professional sports careers.

What kind of school is JLS?


The school is held at Medford High School, in the suburb of the artful lively Boston. The school started with only 25 students in June 1975. Currently, it grew into a school with about 800 students, thanks to the great contributions of the founders and parents, and other people who were involved in the community of this school at the time. The school now has five divisions: kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school, and Japanese as a second language.


Our school's primary purpose of education is to maintain and strengthen the Japanese language of Japanese children residing in Boston and surrounding suburban cities. We also offer classes to give opportunities to children of any nationalities who want to study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Our educational curriculum uses Japanese textbooks used in Japan in order to learn the basic foundation of the Japanese language.  In addition to Japanese Language Arts, Arithmetic (Mathematics), Japanese History, Japanese Culture, General Learning (in Kindergarten), Specials, and others are the educational activities every Saturday morning.  Our distinctive feature is that students attend local school (American) during weekdays learning in the US curriculum, along with home learning in Japanese, and are given supplemental instruction on Saturdays.

Our school is generally categorized as “the supplemental school”, though it’s been named “the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston” since its opening with the support of the Japanese Association of Greater Boston.  We strive to nurture/bring up/educate Japanese who would work in the International society, in order to meet our educational guideline: “We bring up children who love Japanese culture, who have the spirit of great enterprise and the love for humanity, who would contribute to the World Peace, and who are internationally enriched.

There are some students who live outside of MA.  They come from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.  Some take two hours to commute to school.  The time they spend here at the school on Saturday morning is a precious time for children to figure out their identity as Japanese by learning Japanese in Japanese, playing, and by release the stress of weekday study in the English environment.  

In order to experience the same curriculum as the schools in Japan as much as possible, we hold the Entrance Ceremony and Graduation.  The Graduation is very solemn just as the ones held in schools in Japan.  Students participate in Fire Drill and the Field Day.  Middle school and High School Division students play main roles in running the all-day event of the Field Day.  We can’t hold these events without the support of the Board of Directors, PTA Board members, and all parents who are the PTA members.  This is the amazing fact about this school that the Board of Directors, PTA, and teachers (who are hired on site ) working together make events successful.

Please come and visit us.  We look forward to meeting you.

Japanese Language School of Greater Boston








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  • WES Student Management System Maintenance Period - No Access During the month of March, our admissions office will be updating the database in order to prepare for the upcoming new school year.  Please be aware that there would be ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2021, 9:08 AM by Akiko Coram
  • 2021 PTA Survey We will start our Annual PTA Survey so that we can better understand and plan for 2021 PTA Activities.  While the 1st semester for the 2021 School Year will be ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 8:47 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Invitation to the 19th Annual Talent Show 「Invitation to the 19th Annual Talent Show」          This year's talent show will be online and will be held in a very unique format by combining the Japanese Kohaku Uta ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2021, 7:05 PM by JLS Boston Administrator
  • Regarding Gifts to Teachers As the school year-end nears, the JLS PTA would like to reiterate the overall guidelines regarding giving gifts to teachers. Recent guidance from the school recommends that gifting be ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2021, 7:32 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Student Survey Details were sent to parents via email. Please look for emails titled “JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL STUDENT SURVEY”.  Please submit your form as soon as possible.If you have any questions ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2021, 8:45 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Invitation for the upcoming Talent Show and distribution of the flyer 「Invitation to the 19th Annual Talent Show」          This year's talent show will be online and will be held in a very unique format by combining the Japanese Kohaku Uta ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2021, 7:08 PM by JLS Boston Administrator
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    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 8:59 AM by Akiko Coram
  • Information Sessions for the School Year 2021-2022 (1)Kindergarten 4-year-old Information Session  Who: Applicants only When:Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10:15 am(2) Grade 1 Information Session Who: Nencho and applicants only *Nencho ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2021, 6:00 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • ☆ Special info session for the upcoming Talent Show and Seeking Performer/backstage support ☆ The 19th JLS Talent show will take place on February 6th, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the talent show will take place online but is a great opportunity to showcase ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2021, 7:09 PM by JLS Boston Administrator
  • New Haiku Grand Prix 2020 Awards Ceremony Online Award Ceremony  December 12th New Haiku Grand Prix 2020 Awards Ceremony will be held online from 6:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday, December 12th. Anyone can view ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2020, 9:08 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
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