What kind of city is Boston?

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

In 1630, Boston was founded as a British colony.

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

By the end of 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 project 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 the President Barack Obama.  Also, over thirty Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners studied and researched in the 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, 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 primary purpose of education is to maintain and strengthen Japanese language of Japanese children residing Boston and surrounding suburban cities. We also offer classes to give opportunities to children with any nationalities who wants to study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Our educational curriculum uses Japanese textbooks used in Japan in order to learn basic foundation of 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 on every Saturday morning.  Our distinctive feature is that students attend local school (American) during weekdays learning in 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 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 the 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 stress of weekday study among American.  

In order to experience the same curriculum as the schools in Japan as much as possible, we hold 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 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.

Haruo Ishikawa

Kiyomi Tashiro Vice Principal
Japanese Language School of Greater Boston

Recent Announcements

  • KOHAKUBO SALE Children will be wearing Kohakubo (red and white reversible hat) on the kindergarten field day. Kohakubo are available at the school office for $8.00/ea. Please prepare to pay ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2019, 7:37 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • ARLINGTON OFFICE SUMMER HOURS Summer office hoursTuesday through Friday9:00 am – 5:00 pmThe office will be closed Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, July 5.
    Posted Jun 21, 2019, 6:06 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • BORROWING BOOKS FOR THE SUMMER Members can borrow twice as many books as they usually can on 6/15 and 6/22 for the summer vacation; a lot of visitors are expected on both dates ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 6:31 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • SUMMER CONTEST 2019 It is the time for the Annual Summer Contest! Long summer vacation is an ideal time for your child to work on big projects. We look forward to many creative ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:35 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • “LET’S SPEAK JAPANESE” POSTER CONTEST This contest is for children in grades 1 through 11 and JLD (Nihongo-bu) only. (One entry per student) Poster papers (11” x 17”) are available in front of the ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:27 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • KINDERGARTEN FIELD DAY Kindergarten Field Day is scheduled for September 21st. In case we have hot weather, we are looking for volunteers who can bring canopies from home and set them up in ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:22 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • BEES, TICKS, AND SNAKES It’s that time of year when bees, ticks, and snakes come out of the woodwork. Please be cautious and let us know if you see beehives on the school ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:21 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • FIRST AID ROOM Treatments offered at the First Aid Room are limited to first aid, such as applying bandages and ice packs; we do not provide any medical care. When a certain symptom ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:20 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • THE 16TH WORLD CHILDREN’S HAIKU CONTEST 2019-2020 JAL FOUNDATION biennially organizes 'World Children's Haiku Contest', and we are happy to announce that the contest is to be held this year. Originating from Japan, Haiku is the ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2019, 1:07 PM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • NOTEBOOKS AND WORKBOOKS CLEARANCE SALE Discount notebooks and workbooks will be available for purchase on the following date.​June 8, 8:45 – 10:15June 15, 9:30 – 11:00Cash only. $2/each
    Posted May 31, 2019, 9:25 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
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