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Volume XII Issue II June 2012

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the beginning of a new chapter by Nikita xxxxxx (11)

FOCUS...........1 NEWS..............2 SPOTLIGHT.....5 SMALL TALK...7 LIFESTYLE......8

As soon as the ISSH headmistress, Mrs. Yvonne Hayes, cut the blue ribbon, middle and high school students excitedly ran into the new ISSH building for the first time. ISSH students were finally able to explore the newly enhanced junior school and gymnasium after eighteen long months of making creative adjustments. The new building echoed with loud cheering from students as they explored the brand-new facilities. The area inside the building was spacious and filled to the brim with sunlight from wide windows. Students were also pleasantly surprised to see elevators gracing the ends of corridors. High school principal, Ms. Charmaine Young, describes the modern approach of the building as “not only functional, but also beautiful.” However, junior school principal, Mrs. Margaret Griffiths, says the middle and high school students’ reactions were nothing compared to the “massive excitement” of kindergartners and junior school students. “It was difficult for them to get excited at first, because the rooms were all empty,” says Mrs. Griffiths. “But there was much more excitement on their first day back after winter break—all the desks were in there, all the teaching materials, all the colorful displays and posters on the walls.”

The school waits in anticipation as Mrs. Hayes cuts the ribbon. Along with increased space and The kindergartners and junior individual.” brightly-lit rooms, kindergartners school students have additional The new gym facility also and junior school students will play areas made specifically for includes a mini gym that has also enjoy a well-stocked library. them. This includes an open area doubled in size, complete with According to Mrs. Griffiths, the that according to Mrs. Hayes “al- exercise treadmills, weights, new library is a better welcoming lows lots of opportunities for kin- and ping-pong tables. It also space for parents and children. It is dergartners and junior school stu- has a new ventilation system. now also possible to extend library dents to experiment and explore Students from middle and high hours, hopefully encouraging more with new materials, make various school are encouraged to use children to borrow books. things, and learn to play and inter- these facilities for training and New interactive whiteboards act with others.” Kindergartners recreation purposes. have also been introduced, also get to enjoy their own small The renewed facilities energize allowing teachers to create a playground, which has new sand ISSH athletes and allow them to more stimulating and creative pits and climbing equipment. expand their physical capabilities. classroom environment. The new gymnasium caught Although ISSH athletes are Of course, physical activity the most attention during still adapting to the new gym, and fitness are highly valued at opening day. The wide space in P.E. teacher Mr. Bowler feels ISSH—precisely the reason for the gym allows the P.E. teachers that the new gym can only furbetter equipped open areas and to arrange their classes more ther strengthen sports teams. “In playgrounds. The playground easily. “We can have two different months and years, the teams will space has doubled in size, fitting activities going on in the gym at be at their strongest,” he says. in with Ms. Young’s vision to “use once,” says Mr. Brendan Doherty, Mrs. Hayes believes that the new campus space better.” The large Head of P.E. Department. “We building will continue to nourish area is now open to any ISSH can keep groups separate, and ISSH’s reputation as “an educastudent who wishes to play soccer, that helps us to focus on the tional institution of unparalleled volleyball, or tag during breaks. physical training needs of each excellence and innovation.”

Raise your glass New building celebrated with a successful gala

by Rickey xxxxxxxx (12) After the successful construction of ISSH’s gym, junior school, and kindergarten, an opening fundraising gala was held on January 13, 2012. ISSH alumnae, and Development Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Hisaoka, along with faculty coordinator, Ms. Jean Tai, ran the ticketed event to celebrate the opening within the brand new gym. Student Council attended as waitresses and helpers throughout the night. With much participation and support for the celebration, the event raised a total of two million JPY which will be put towards new equipment for the school. As doors opened at five in the evening, Mrs. Mako Valentine, parent of an ISSH graduate, and alumna Ms. Tiziana Alamprese, parent of a current ISSH student, stood before the microphone to host

the event. Within the brand new walls of the gym, guests settled at their square dining tables arranged with bouquets and were entertained throughout the night with various performances. The most anticipated event was the raffle and auction organized by Mrs. Hisaoka. A floral kakejiku (Japanese scroll painting), donated by artist Nu Chang, reached a final bid of 60,000 JPY. ISSH Japanese teacher, Ms. Kyoko Arai, who won a bottle of wine, was one of the many winners throughout the event. Participants in the silent auction had the chance to take home a flowered vase displayed on the center of each table. These vases, were personally designed by art teacher Mr. Steve Tootell. An ISSH graduate of 2007, Emma La Fleur, who will be hosting her

Ms. Kyoko Arai and her friend show off their prize. own radio show this year, shared The main course, which included a solo- vocal performance which French and Scandinavian cuisines, included popular numbers such as was served and prepared by Tokyo’s “Ain’t No Mountain.” Graduate of Thilak Kitchen. 2005, Eva Kestner, concluded the “A really big success!” recalled night with a bang as the sounds Juhi xxxxxxxxx, Student Council of her taiko drums resonated President. “The work was slightly throughout the gym. smelly, but everyone remained The current ISSH vocal ensemble very enthusiastic!” Ms. Tiziana also had their chance to perform expressed her excitement to see their music, including a duet by “a mix of talent” and felt it was Elina xxxx (12) and Julie xxx (11). “a good experience.” After seeing With music provided by Vocal the new building, alumna La Fleur Jazz band, Cruiser, early guests and her classmate, Udita Ghosh, were offered a variety of wines former editor of The International, from Pieroth Japan, well-known for remarked how returning to ISSH its vintages from around the world. “still feels like home.”


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NEWS New boy on the block by Kaoru xxxxx (12)

AV Specialist, Mr. Will George, and science teacher, Mrs. Jennifer George, welcomed a son, Joseph Harley George on October 25, 2011. Born at 4:11 p.m., Joe weighed 4,070 grams. Contrary to popular belief, Joseph is not named after a well-

Taiwan’s presidential election poses questions for the country’s future by Kristina xxxx (12) Lisa xxx (11)

known manfacturer of American motorcycles. He is actually named after Mrs. George’s grandfather and Mr. George’s mother--whose maiden name is Harley. We wish the George family all the best, and we cannot wait to see more of Joe around school!

Internet blackout! Big names of the worldwide web rebel in protest by Rickey xxxxxxxx (12) “Imagine a world without free knowledge” was Wikipedia’s message when the website denied access to an estimated 25 million users on January 17, 2012. The 24-hour block drew attention to the anti-piracy legislation addressed in the US Congress last October. Driven by the demands of large media companies, two bills were drafted: “The Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) by the House, and the “PROTECT Intellectual Property Act” (PIPA) by the Senate. Both bills intended to prevent piracy by having American companies cut off online connections with foreign pirate sites, thus restraining major search engines and online media services. The Republican from San Antonio who introduced SOPA, Lamar Smith, claims that the bills meant “ensuring that profits go to American innovators, not criminals who steal our products and damage our economy.” Three members of the senate Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins and Tom Carper jointly agree that “hackers, criminals, and antagonistic foreign powers are maliciously probing our cyber defenses every day on an unpedented scale.” Sponsors such as ‘The Motion Picture’, Association of America’ and the ‘United States Chamber of Commerce’ that have urged the bills to censor all international piracy received immediate protests, thus drawing focus to many major

technology companies. Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, was not the first to call attention to the piracy issue. Earlier in December, companies including Twitter, Google, and YouTube sent a letter to the legislature opposing the law as a “serious risk to their industries.” The letter asked to preserve the innovation and dynamism that has made the Internet such an important driver of economic growth and job creation.” Within the ISSH community, IT teacher, Craig Wehrle, understands the Wikipedia black-out to be “a natural reaction considering the bill may have been on a basis of old-thinking.” However, he also “sees the grey area of both sides and recognizes the concept of freedom being important.” Jacob Levine, System Coordinator oftheITdepartment predicts,“Those who have been enforcing copyrights are going to continue to make more laws to restrict, in this case, the legislature has bitten off more than they could chew.” Meanwhile, ISSH librarian, Mark Rennick, suggests differently: “The business community (behind SOPA) need to come up with a better alternative to distributing their content.” On January 20, SOPA and PIPA were officially postponed; however the cyber-policy remains an unresolved issue. As technology continues to rapidly advance, Internetusers and the tech industry remain uneasy about the future prospects of copyright law.

On January 14, 2012, the Republic of China held its fifth presidential election. Current president Ma Ying Jeou, candidate of the Kuomintang (KMT) ran against Tsai IngWen, candidate of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Buzzing conversation, sometimes even heated debates, were well underway weeks before the election in traditional markets and amongst neighbors. Despite the voting period being on the first morning of the Chinese New Year holidays, citizens showed up early at the voting booths on Saturday morning. Besides the islanders, citizens living abroad burst into the airports from every corner of the world. They too were eager to cast their ideal candidates a vote. At the end of the day, Ma Ying-Jeou won a second term in office with 51.6% of the votes, whereas Tsai Ing-Wen received 46.3% of the votes. This election is viewed as a critical turning point for Taiwan. First and foremost, though neither party is conservative, the KMT (Ma) leans towards pro-mainland China policies while the DPP (Tsai) tends to be more pro-Taiwan. Ma and Tsai hold opposing views concerning Taiwan’s relationship with China. Tsai indicated in her speech, “Unlike KMT who merely depends on China, we want to develop economic relationships among other countries as well, and persistently try to develop new export markets.” On the other hand, Ma has exhibited

a friendlier attitude towards China, magnifying the contrast between the two parties’ ideals. Much dispute during the period leading up to the election is derived from a treaty. Ma signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China, which came into effect on January 1, 2011. ECFA is an agreement to let Taiwanese products enter the Chinese market without tariff, expand the market share, and open up the Taiwanese market to China. However, to many, including Tsai, ECFA seems more of a political decision rather than an economic one. Although some people are opposed to ECFA, some think it is an agreement that would benefit Taiwan in the long run. East Asian Studies teacher Mr. Mark Rennick says, “The closer that Taiwan and China can get economically, which is obviously Ma’s approach, the safer it makes Taiwan, and the less likely it makes Taiwan to ever be in a military conflict with China.” In other words, economic cooperation could make the relationship between China and Taiwan more stable as well. On the other hand, according to Business Weekly, a Taiwanese financial magazine, “Taiwan wants the Chinese government to open its market, but at the same time, China will also ask for an open market in Taiwan.” National Taiwan University Professor Kenneth S. Lin, among many others, fears that ECFA would lead Taiwan into a dangerous situation in

which the strong get stronger and the weak get weaker. This was the reason Tsai stated that “the motion of policies between China and Taiwan should be stable and gradual instead of rash and impatient.” Mr. Thomas Kuo had believed that Tsai’s policies would “lead Taiwan to a world of fairness and justice, build a harmonic society, and drive prosperity for the next generation.” If Tsai had won the election, the relationship between China and Taiwan may have become relatively estranged compared to the closer ties with China that Ma will promote. An anonymous source indicates that “I had hoped that Tsai would win, but I also understand Ma’s victory will benefit Taiwan’s economic conditions.” Therefore, the ratio of the votes by Taiwanese businessmen who returned to Taiwan was predicted to be about 6-3 or 7-4 in favor of Ma. As history teacher Mr. Garry Baker says, “With each election, both parties have generally respected the democratic process and have not attempted to annul the results by either seizing power illegally or refusing to step down, as has been the case in other new democracies.” Although Tsai lost the election by 5.3%, she accepted the result with dignity. In her concession speech she said, “We have to congratulate president Ma. I hope during his four-year regime, he could listen to the voice of people, treat people with fairness, and meet people’s expectations.”

ISSH students collaborate with autistic students from Musashino Higashi by Pim xxxxxxx (10) On January 24,2012 sixteen ISSH sophomores accompanied by pottery teacher, Mr. Steve Tootell, spent a day at Musashino Higashi Gakuen, a school that integrates autistic children into mainstream classrooms. Groups consisting of ISSH and MHG students chose and decorated a kanji character related to the theme “Stay strong, Japan” as an art project. The kanji was then placed in the center of a frame made from milk cartons decorated with the same theme in mind. At the beginning of the day, the art teacher, and Mr. Kugimura,

the high school P.E. Teacher, briefed the ISSH pottery students on the history of education for autistic children. Both MHG teachers emphasized the fact that there are multiple levels of autism. High-functioning autistic children act almost identical to normal children, and show mild symptoms of autism, while the low-functioning autistic children require a large amount of special attention and support. ISSH pottery students were not aware until the end of the day that high-functioning autistic students were part of their collaborative groups.

After having a shared lunch, the ISSH students watched the MHG orchestra and dance team perform. The orchestra played “Same Thing Again” in flawless harmony, and the dancers executed every movement with grace, poise, and energy. “It was an awesome, and amazing visit,” said Mafer xxxxx (10). “I honestly learned so much about autism,” says Helena xxxxx (10). The trip to Musashino strengthened ISSH students’ knowledge about autism, as well as their understanding of people with the condition.


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NEWS

Captured on lens: Roppongi Art Night by Rickey xxxxxxxx (12) On March 25, 2012, the Roppongi area was bustling with people for the annual Roppongi Art Night. The nocturnal art festival organized by the Tokyo metropolitan government was revived after last year’s March 11 disaster. From Saturday evening to Sunday morning, numerous pieces of creative art with multiple styles of media and interaction were displayed to express a hopeful future for Japan. The 2012 theme was “Creating Art and Giving Genki back to Japan.” Displayed in the centre of Roppongi Hills was a massive figure of a polka-dot patterned girl, this year’s symbolic art piece by Yayoi Kusuma. At its giant feet a platform offered hours of continuous inspirational art performances and speeches. Other vivid art pieces blending music and light decorated the streets. Families roamed Midtown to spot smaller detailed artwork in unexpected corners.

Former bullying victim shares story of surviving by Kiko xxxx (10)

TEDxYouth Tokyo

The young and the bright assemble at T.I.S to empower and educate by Sanskriti xxxxx (12) & Kaoru xxxxx (12) On November 20, 2011 over 300 young individuals, from 18 international and Japanese secondary schools and universities, gathered at the Tokyo International School (TIS). This event became a place for students to become more aware of ideas that will further connect the world and its inhabitants. The TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) Conference began in 1984, formed to share “ideas worth spreading.” First organized by TIS founder, Patrick Newell, and long-time TED supporter, Todd Porter, the TEDxYouth event in Tokyo became a gathering of young individuals, all in support of a more vocal and active community. From the lighting and telecasting, to the details of the speeches, a group of seventeen students, accommodated by three mentors, organized this event. From social issues such as the importance of teamwork to ecological problems such as saving endangered species, the TEDxYouth Tokyo Conference gave a chance for twentytwo innovative and articulate students and instructors to speak out and be heard in

Speak out

front of a diverse audience. Patrick Newell, founder of TIS said, “TEDx Youth Day at Tokyo was one of the ten most innovative student-organized events in the world!” After attending his first TED event six years ago, Newell was “blown away” by the whole concept. “This is crazy-all these intelligent, changemakers coming together from around the world for five days”. Newell said that he wanted to change the “e” in TED from entertainment to education, and as time passed he made this happen. When Patrick was first introduced to TED in 2005, it only had five events planned for the whole year. However, six years later, in 2011, growing activism and enthusiasm of innovative individuals led to over 800 TEDx events worldwide in cities such as Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Organized by only 20 people, 17 of whom were students, the event was hosted by Maya xxxxx (11), Juna xxxx (11), and Monica xxxxx (11), with Patrick Newell and Jason Wolfe mentoring the event. Maya xxxxx (11) says: “I really enjoyed meeting with a wide

variety of students who all shared the same revolutionary mentality and confidence as I do.” Tokyo’s TEDx event involved performances from a variety of youth, including a 13-year old student from Yokota Middle School, Riley xxxxxxx, who made a speech on “Roots and Shoots.” Following this speech, was a presentation on bullying by a Burmese refugee, Su Let Yee, and a presentation on team building from an ASIJ cheerleader, Jiyoo xxx. Activists also presented on current issues such as nuclear energy and the preservation of the Ainu civilization. Motivating professionals, such as John Daub who independently created a company named, “Weblish” which teaches English via video production, also spoke to the youths regarding innovation and the importance of hard work. In addition to the multitude of speeches, there were also instrumental performances. Upon the conclusion of the day, Newell and Wolfe both agreed that the event was “truly a site where the youth empowered youth.”

Su Let Yee feels that the best moments in her life are when she is performing her raps and dances. She first performed in November 20, 2011 at TEDxYouth in Tokyo. Her corn-rowed and dip-died hair, numerous oversized rings, and bright smile shone on stage that day. However, nobody who was in that audience knew how she got to be a confident rapper. Su grew up in the countryside of Myanmar. Due to Su’s parents’ jobs as restaurant owners in Japan, she was separated from her parents after birth. In Myanmar, Su’s grandmother raised her. Su summarizes her experience in her childhood hometown: “I loved Myanmar, my grandmother, my friends and everything there. I will never forget the time that I spent in Myanmar.” At the age of 11, Su emigrated from Myanmar to Tokyo. The sudden transition of moving to Tokyo was an immense change for Su. Her biggest concern was her last year in elementary school. Her desire to make her last year in elementary school enjoyable did not come true, and instead she was faced with discrimination, bullying, and isolation. “All of my classmates called me gross. They never included me in any activities or talked to me. I was completely alone.” She even attempted to socialize by joining clubs and extracurricular activities. Nonetheless, she was still ostracized and excluded by her classmates. By the end of elementary school, Su was weary from all the interminable injustice. She decided to change her appearance and become the “center of attention” to fit in with everyone. She dyed her hair honey-brown, shortened her skirt fifteen centimeters above her knees, and painted her nails neon. Hoping her hard work would pay off, Su enrolled in middle school. Unfortunately, the only thing waiting for her there was more bullying. “I got bullied from the first day of school until the end of middle school. One of the worst days was when one of my male classmates came to my house and dropped his pants in front of me.” Su struggled to tell her parents about being bullied, as she did not want them to worry.

Su Let Yee tells her story. Eventually, Su was faced with no choice but to reach out for help from her homeroom teacher. The response she received was very unsupportive. “I will tell them to stop the bullying, but they are just fooling around with you,” said her teacher. The only thing that emboldened her during this time was music – especially rap music. “My passion has always been music. I love rap, hip-pop, K-pop, and J-pop. My favorite singers are Lady Gaga, KARA, and Girls Generation.” After three years of agony in middle school, Su made the decision to attend a night high school. On weekdays, Su goes to school from five p.m. to nine p.m. She has rediscovered the pleasure of going to school. She says, “I finally feel good at this school. Some of the students here shared almost the same exact middle school life with me. Also, I can open up to teachers and they help me with my problems.” Su’s musical talents impressed her homeroom teacher, so her teacher suggested that Su should participate in TEDxYouth at Tokyo and perform her raps and dances. Her experiences with discrimination made her fearful of this idea, but after scrupulous preparation, Su finally gained the confidence that she thought she had lost: “I felt great when I performed. I finally showed people what I’m passionate about. I feel confident again.”


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NEWS A Broken Promise SEEDS: Voyage to Nepal Occupy Wall Street cries out for equality by Rene xxxxxxx (11) by Momo xxxxxxx (12) On September 17, 2011, lower Manhattan was overrun by a powerful flood. With waves of protesters infiltrating New York City, thus began a widely publicized protest, later to be known as Occupy Wall Street. The objective of OWS is to peacefully protest against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed, and corporate corruption, seen particularly in the U.S. financial sector. Initiated by the Canadian activist group AdBusters, the protest began at Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, with the activists marching up Wall Street, flashing their slogan “We are the 99%” in the heart of America’s wealth. “People are unhappy,” says Ms. Mary Saso, the economics teacher at ISSH. “The promises made by the American government were essentially broken.” Indeed, the young and promising new president elected back in 2008 proposed a hopeful vision of economic improvement under a big, shiny slogan calling for “Progress.” Up to 3 million jobs were to be created with President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package; and yet, many young protesters resorted to action because of the vicious cycle of structural unemployment. College graduates are mourning their seemingly wasted education; they are out of jobs because they are either too

educated, or lacking experience. The American economy has been faced with a number of chilling statistics since the global financial crisis back in 2009. Although in December 2011 the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, the fact that the number has hit the lowest mark in the last three years is hardly good news. Currently 15% of the population live below the poverty line, the highest percentage in the last 52 years; and an average American makes only 11% more than in 1980, while consumer prices have risen by about 150%. Now is the time to face the consequences. Since its kickstart, OWS has offered many memorable scenes and acts of protest. A figure that has essentially become the “face” of OWS is Guy Fawkes. Commonly recognized as the mask donned by the freedom fighting protagonist V in “V for Vendetta”, his face has become the accessory of choice in the crowds of encamped activists. Like Fawkes, the united force of equality-seeking working class citizens raised an agenda that has become too big of an issue for politicians to ignore. “With an election ahead, politicians must address income inequality,” says Saso. “Although the voice of OWS is not officially represented as a political party like the Tea Party, the dissatisfaction of the voters has been made clear.”

Taking journalism a step further! A diverse network that allows everyone to communicate and contribute. by Kiko xxxx (10) Student News Action Network is an online journalism network organized by teachers and students in Washington International School. This network is in partnership with TakingITGlobal, a charitable nongovernmental organization that concentrates on global issues by spreading awareness among youth. The network states the purpose of the source is to, “take concept of the school newspaper beyond school walls.” The network coalesces “multimedia-rich” and “interactive” and allows students to cultivate their journalism skills and create a global online newspaper. Since it is an international network, any school around the

world can be a part of this. A student can easily subscribe to this network and submit their articles for a worldwide audience to read. The network does not limit the range of issues and appreciates diverse articles. Since the theme of the network is “global journalism”, the audience has the opportunity to explore serious issues such as poverty, the environment, and human rights as well as more casual topics such as food, sports, and popular culture. From ISSH, students from the journalism class Kiko xxxx (10), Nikita xxxxx (11), Kristina xxxx (12), Sanskriti xxxxx (12), and Momo xxxxxx (12), have published articles on the network.

While many of us left Japan either to sunbathe on the beaches, or to hit the slopes, ten of ISSH’s students flew off to Nepal during the winter vacation last December. The students had the opportunity to trek the foothills of the Himalayas and witness the work of the nongovernment organization, Social Educational Environmental Development Services (SEEDS) Nepal, which ISSH has been supporting since 2002. Charlotte xxxx (12), Maya xxxx (11), Esme xxxx (11), AnneTing xxx (11), Eri Tomikawa (10), Rachael xxxx (10), Hanin xxxx (10), Miki xxxx (10), Monika xxxx (10), and YoonSoo xxxx (10), along with Ms. Patricia Pomroy and Mr. Mark Felstehausen, were able to experience the culture and lives of the Nepali people. Students were able to look at SEEDS sponsored projects, such as the biogas units in Kaflini Village, and the communal water tap near Shree Manakamana Primary School, a school supported by SEEDS. In Kaflini Village, people use animal dung as a source of energy. However, the smoke produced from the dung causes eye and lung infections, as it collects in villagers’ homes because of lack of ventilation. SEEDS helps the villagers by installing biogas units in homes. A biogas unit is a technology which allows manure or farm waste to be anaer-

Students and faculty who went to Nepal to support SEEDS. obically digested, and therefore produce biogas which produces methane and provides families with a constant source of gas for cooking. “I believe it is an incredible device that helps many people,” says Miki xxxx (10), when asked about her opinions on the biogas units. “It’s not just health benefits,” AnneTing xxx (11) adds on, “there are also environmental ones.” In places where there are no biogas units, villagers use wood as fuel to cook. By providing biogas units, SEEDS helps prevent deforestation in Nepal. Another SEEDS’ project is the communal water taps. The main purpose of the communal water tap is to reduce the time spent by women and girls on carrying water from the source to home. “The water taps are hydrologically complex and differ from village to village”, explains Mr. Mark Felstehausen. “A steady and clean water source is vital

[to] the culmination of a host of local services and village cooperation.” When asked about the communal water taps, Eri xxxx (10), answered, “I think that the communal water taps provided by SEEDS are amazing, for it allows the villagers to always have potable water. I hope that in the future SEEDS will increase the number of these water taps in each village so that women and girls do not have to walk long distances every morning just to get clean water for their families.” “[The SEEDS Trip] was a once in a life time experience,” says Chen. “Everyone was very nice; you felt like a part of their family.” Tomikawa believes that “the most valuable lesson” she learned from the SEEDS trip was “that despite the difference in background, culture, and community, people can still get along and work together to create a better society.”

Here’s what’s cookin’

Kiss the grilled cheese goodbye; Cezars Kitchen spices up the school lunch by Kristina xxxx (12) ISSH’s catering service company, Cezars Kitchen, has brought a new palatable flavor to campus. The pancake-sized cookies have made the largest impression this year. Aside from their signature M&M cookies, Cezars Kitchen serves a wide assortment of dishes, from ratatouille to beef stew to brownies. Cezars Kitchen developed a menu especially for ISSH last semester, custom made to fit the obento boxes lunch program, and consisting of healthier options to maintain girls’ nutritional balance. Cezars also reflects our school’s colorful background through meticulously combining ethnic dishes in meals to create an “international community

on a plate.” For example, the assortment one day brought together Morrocan Chicken, Mabou Tofu, and Egg Drop Soup. Many students including Lucie xxxxxx (9) agree that “the food is better than last year’s.” Summer xxxx (11) said, “I like how using the account speeds up the line at the register, and the food is good, but now I’m tempted to go down [to the cafeteria] all the time!” It has also received positive remarks from the faculty. Ms. Shull complimented the ramen station: “It is nice to get a steaming hot bowl of udon or ramen on a cold spring day.” Cezars Kitchen lunch program uses a specialized debit account system similar to a Suica Card: Store money into the account

beforehand and pay for food by typing a four-digit code at the register. Students do not have to worry about forgetting to bring lunch money, and the payment transfers are more convenient. In general, ISSH welcomes this change of flavor. However, there are also students voicing different opinions. Juhi xxxxxxx (12) says, “I wish it were more accessible for people without cards because the minimum starting balance is 10,000 yen, which is irrational for someone who wants the occasional cookie.” In addition to this, Lucy xxxx (10) says, “The system is great, but when the money runs out, I can’t even buy a drink that costs 100 yen.”


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SPOTLIGHT

Interview: Refugees International Japan Alumna Kanako Kashima (‘07) talks about her career after ISSH, the lessons she has learned, and getting involved by Sanskriti xxxx (12)

What is RIJ? Refugees International Japan (RIJ) is an organization dedicated to raising funds to assist refugees who have been displaced as a result ofwarandconflict.Operatingoutof Tokyo, this organization is staffed by volunteers from the Japanese and international communities. It channels project funds through experienced organizations already working with refugees out in the field, ensuring that assistance goes quickly and directly to where it is most needed. RIJ provides hope to refugees by funding projects that rebuild lives and restore human dignity in a sustainable and community-oriented way. It operates so that you can see for yourself exactly where, when, and how your donation is making a difference. Why did you decide to intern for RIJ? A biography on Sadako Ogata,

a Japanese woman, who acted as the High Commissioner for UNHCR in the 1990s initiated my interest to volunteer for RIJ. She attended the University of the Sacred Heart, so not only did I feel close to her, but I was also inspired by the tremendous work she accomplished for refugees. I found RIJ after conducting some research, and was particularly interested because it is a small, non-profit, non-governmental organization. Because of its size, it boasts great accountability and efficiency, which large organizations can sometimes lack. I was also very interested in working in a tight-knit organization that could give me a hands-on working experience, and RIJ gave me that chance. What is the most vital lesson you discovered through RIJ? I learned through my experience

at RIJ that refugees want to return home. Many people assume that after experiencing life-threatening discrimination and war in their home countries, refugees would rather build a new life in their adopted countries than return home. It is in fact quite the opposite: The majority of refugees seek to return and to rebuild their lives and their communities. RIJ seeks to facilitate that road back to their home countries by providing them with basic necessities, such as food, shelter, medicine, and basic skills and education. What made you want to be involved in community service, and were you in the Social Service Council (SSC) in ISSH? I was actually a part of the Academic Council, not SSC. But the involvement I had in other extracurriculars opened my eyes

to the fact that, however small a project, action on my part can result in contributing to the community. ISSH used to have a great program where a dozen or so juniors and seniors were picked and had the privilege of going to the Pattaya Orphanage in Thailand. In the orphanage we played with children and were directly involved with social service; it was a profound experience for me, and also the place where I started to seriously question the social, cultural, economic, and political reasons behind why orphanages were so prevalent in this part of Thailand and whether there was anything I could do about it. This unique experience along with the International Relations class with Mr. Felstehausen sparked my interest in social service and international affairs.

In what ways did you contribute in RIJ? I developed the RIJ Student Leadership Program, which encourages student involvement and peer-to-peer learning about global refugee issues and promotes discussion about what students can do in order to help. This includes giving presentations to high school classes that were interested in human rights and refugee issues. Furthermore, I also research corporate social responsibility-- namely, how corporations can give back to the community through RIJ. Any pointers for ISSH students? I’d say take initiative. If you see something worth improving or helping, do something about it rather than waiting for somebody else to do it.

A dilemma in a soup bowl

The misunderstood “villains” of the sea, harvested for liquid luxury by Marika xxx (12)

Ever wonder what it is like to be kept hostage and then have your arms and legs cut off? What if that happened and you were thrown onto the ground, left to bleed, deteriorate, and die? That is the human equivalent of shark finning. Sharks are fished out of the ocean, their fins sliced off, and the rest of their bodies left to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten by other sharks. According to CNN, approximately 100 million sharks are hunted and killed annually for the sole reason of the “luxurious” shark’s fin soup. It may be difficult to sympathize with sharks, considering they have been made villains in films, such as “Jaws” and “Shark Attack,” as well as in the news, exemplified by the story of one-armed surfer, Bethany Hamilton; but before taking a stance, it is crucial to learn the facts available and the adverse consequences of shark finning. You may argue the point that sharks are ‘predators of humans’, but that is entirely false. In 2011, twelve people were subjects of shark attacks: 2 dead and 10 injured. It is indisputably horrific, but in comparison to statistics like the 550 deaths caused by Black

Friday shopping, and the 450 deaths from falling out of bed annually in America alone, it does not seem as intolerable. Twelve is the record number of shark related incidents in a year, and these catastrophes only happen when humans venture into the shark habitat. It is incredible how a human shark attack is highly and rapidly broadcasted, while the finning of millions of sharks receives little to no media attention. The New York Times states that the shark fin industry trade is worth more than 1 billion USD. Now “why is this shark finning business such a hit?” you may ask. Shark fin soup is a traditional Chinese delicacy, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Eating the soup is a sign of opulence and status because of its rarity, and unique texture, and its steep price (a bowl today typically costs 100+ USD). While the Chinese population experiences a growth in prosperity, more people are able to afford such an “exquisite” soup. Shark fin soup is commonly served in festivities, and is therefore eaten by many. Although it is originally a Chinese cuisine, it does not mean that the Chinese are to blame; shark fin

soup is served internationally and has been consumed by people all around the globe. Experts indicate that within a decade, many species of sharks will be extinct, which will disrupt the marine ecosystem. Sharks are at the top of the oceanic food chain, meaning that if there are fewer sharks as predators, it will cause massive instability in the fish population. With all negative aspects of consideration, is it really worth paying around 10,000 JPY for a bowl of soup? Shark fin soup’s texture may be unparalleled, but the fin itself has no taste and nutritional value; the only flavor comes from the broth. Why waste your money and a shark’s life? The solution for you is simple: do not order a bowl.

Caffeine is ISSH student’s wakeup call of choice by Rene xxxxxxx (11) Caffeine is one of the most highly consumed drugs in the world, and many of us probably depend on it as the boost needed in early mornings to be able to start another busy day. Almost 80% of the polled ISSH high school students stated that they drink, on average, at least one cup of a caffeinated drink per day. While most of us have consumed it and appreciated it, especially before tests, how many of us actually really know about it? High doses of caffeine can have negative effects such as anxiety, stress, irritation, headaches, and dizziness. Too much caffeine

can also interfere with sleeping patterns. However, caffeine improves alertness and reaction time. According to the results of a study published in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition, moderate coffee intake can prevent some cardiovascular problems, as caffeine contains antioxidants that are good for the heart and the body. Caffeine can also improve physical performance and help the body burn fat instead of carbohydrates. Ironically, caffeine can also relieve headache pain and is found in many over-the-counter pain-relief medications.

Editor’s Note: As of Spring 2012, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, and the Peninsula Hotel Tokyo have removed shark-fin dishes from their Chinese menus to show support for marine life preservation. Survey and graph by Rene Tsukawaki.


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SPOTLIGHT by Sanskriti xxxxx (12)

Most vegetarian foreigners residing in Japan agree that it is an everyday struggle to find nutritious plant-based meals. Even going to convenience stores is grueling: most of the processed foods contain some aspect of meat in them. Meat extracts, gelatin, negligible pieces of bacon, and tiny fish are very common. For those who cannot read Kanji, reading ingredients is irritating and strenuous. Furthermore, most Japanese restaurants don’t offer 100% vegetarian meals, and even when they do, they usually serve appetizers that are hastily prepared with the same tools and on the same kitchen surfaces as the non-vegetarian meals. When vegetarians cannot find suitable food in restaurants or department stores, they usually resort to cooking their own meals. However, healthy and tasty vegetarian meals take

by Summer xx (11)

A bus departed Tokyo at dawn. Unaware of what lay ahead, I must have fallen into a deep sleep soon enough, because when I opened my eyes, the scenery outside had completely changed. No skyscrapers, no apartments, no clean pavement. Instead, I saw familiar, yet disturbing scenes that I had seen on TV for the past three months. The bus jolted as roads became more rough. Smashed glass, stone bricks, metal fences, and dented cars were sprawled across farms that now grew intertwined bushes of electrical cords, graying trees, and signposts. Houses were no longer habitable. The village was left as a ruin, as if God played Lego-ville and left abruptly during the clean

Common Vegetarianisms practice and time to master. This leads to some people returning to consuming a non-vegetarian diet for the sake of convenience. Atsumi Kimura (11) says: “Strict vegetarians must go through the hassle of flipping over each product that comes to their interest and scrutinizing every ingredient.” It is thus no surprise that some people like John Amato, who had been a vegetarian for many years, gave up on vegetarianism after coming to Japan because “[he] couldn’t be bothered to read so many ingredients anymore.” Most people who were originally non-vegetarians find it extremely tough to restrict themselves to vegetarian diets, and vegetarian foreigners in Japan find it difficult to find purely plant-based meals. However, what keeps them going is their strength and belief that their diet restrictions are not only beneficial for their bodies

and souls, but also morally and ecologically sound principles. A common misconception found at ISSH is that all Indians are vegetarians. According to the Hindu- CNN State of the Nation Survey, 31% of Indians are vegetarians. Similarly, in the ISSH high school there are eight Indians; however, only two are vegetarians. In ISSH’s middle and high school community there are six pescatarians, 20 vegetarians, and one vegan. Although this isn’t a high number, our lunch program still serves good quality vegetarian meals. This year’s lunch program, Cezars Kitchen, has had a significant improvement in the variety of nutritious vegetarian meals. Favorite vegetarian Cezars main courses include: tofu stir fry, mabo nasu, and meat-free burgers. Many vegetarians find that in their individual families, and in the Japanese society, vegetarianism

up. The bus halted after driving past a house placed under a gas station, a boat trapped inside a convenience store, and series of lopsided electrical poles. We, 16 teenagers and five adults, had reached the destination. We were in east Sendai, Tohoku, to clean the aftermath of the tsunami of March 11. The supervisors ordered us to “get ready”, so I put on all of my protective equipment: air-ventilating mask, a pair of boots, a pair of gloves as long as eels and a pair of goggles. The supervisors explained that our group’s objective was to carry away all the debris in front of a house and dump them into the village’s mass debris collection site so that government

could clear them easily. The towering pile of house debris radiated venomous fumes of rot and jabbed the sepia air in all directions with sharp ends of wooden and metal sticks. Each of us took something from the pile - a fan, a radio, a chair, some books, a TVand trailed behind one another until we reached the mass collection site about a 200 meters away from the house. For the next three hours, I went back and forth between the two places, hearing nothing more than our footsteps and distant clanks and thuds of debris landing on pile. Occasionally, I exchanged polite nods with local village people who rushed past me carrying objects as massive as refrigerators and stoves

quake, volunteers were finally officially allowed to help the victims who suffered and survived the tragedy. Many volunteer organizations such as the MUD project, Team Nadia, and Second Harvest Japan contributed by cleaning buildings, donating food, and providing daily necessities. The MUD project is an organization led by Collin Rennie, a Canadian volunteer who is on a oneyear visa in Japan to help Tohoku. Mr. Rennie started fundraising for the Tohoku earthquake immediately by raising money for the Red Cross with his friends. As Mr. Rennie contributed to the fundraising

and heard more devastating news, he felt a philanthropic obligation to help the Tohoku victims face to face. Mr. Rennie’s main job in the MUD project is to physically work with other volunteers by cleaning destroyed houses and buildings as well as aiding the victims with daily necessities. He wants to keep raising awareness around the world by extensively using the power of the media to spread stories of the victims and volunteers. The stories shared would keep reminding people that Japan still needs help and encourage people to continue to support Japan.

by Kiko xxxx (10) On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Japan. Massive tsunamis engulfed towns and cities on the coast of Tohoku. Cars, houses, and buildings were swept away leaving debris behind. The USGS (U.S. Geology Survey) estimated that the tsunamis caused more than 16,000 deaths. Two nuclear reactors in Fukushima exploded, causing rolling blackouts and electricity shortages. Citizens who lived in the vicinity of the two reactors were forced to evacuate due to leaking radiation. A year after the disaster, Japan’s mood remains somber. A few weeks after the earth-

is often controversial. However, due to the issues caused by overharvesting seafood in Japan, I believe that a plant-based diet would be a commendable solution. Furthermore, as Tokyoites go to foreign countries and experience plant-based meals regularly, their conception of a vegetarian diet is likely to change. In fact, media coverage on vegetarian health benefits, such as those in Japanese health and cookbooks are already advocating plantbased diets. Yearly, new vegetarian restaurants such as Vegan Healing Cafe, Govinda, Hoquba, and Brown Rice Cafe are opening in Tokyo. According to Forbes, the popularity of vegetarianism has doubled from 1988 to 2003. As time passes, I am optimistic that conventional attitudes towards vegetarianism in Japan will change for the better. toward the collection site. Hours passed while we moved rhythmically, in sweat-soaked shirts and dust-smeared boots, and eventually, the debris pile in front of the house was all cleared. The local village people handed us a bowl of fresh tomatoes, thanking us for the day’s achievement. Some people in our group refused to eat, eyeing each other nervously and whispering the word “radiation.” I reached out

Pescatarians

Vegetarians who consume fish in addition to plant food.

Lacto-Vegetarians

Most common type of vegetarian diet. Dairy products are permitted, but meat and eggs are not.

“Pure” Vegetarians

Only consume plant food. Dairy products or processed foods containing animalderived ingredients such as gelatin are not allowed.

Vegans

Similar to “Pure Vegetarians.” However, animal clothing such as leather, wool, or silk are also not allowed. Most of their clothes are made from cotton or polyester. for the most plump ones, half out of thirst and half out of curiosity. Where did they get these tomatoes? Farm grounds anywhere near were cracked like chocolates. We wanted to celebrate for one less debris pile in the village, but were hindered by the thought of adjacent houses that were still surrounded by their piles of debris. The entire nation was still in need. One debris pile down, thousands more to go.

Mountains of debris wait by the coast for removal. Ms. Michiko Matsukata, an ISSH junior school teacher, volunteered in Tohoku in June 2011, and again in August. She went to Ishinomaki, located in Miyagi prefecture, where the land had been engulfed by the tsunami. The scenery of Ishinomaki was still in devastation: houses and rice paddies were ravaged, and most of the factories were ruined. Ms. Matsukata’s main job was to clean old houses and wash items that were found in the mud. “It was the first time in my life to hold a shovel,” she admitted. “My other job was to clean the photos that were found in the earthquake.

I washed them and returned them to the owners.” There, Ms. Matsukata saw the bonds that had formed between people: “Everyone was helping and comforting each other. It surprised me how people can be connected.” With the help of hard-working volunteer workers and donations, we have started to see some gradual recovery. Nonetheless, people are still living in temporary shelters, and the unemployment rate still remains high. Mr. Rennie claims, “If I could, I would stay in Japan and devote my life to volunteering, because there is still so much that needs to be done.”


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SMALL TALK Name: Hung Tran Nationality: Vietnamese Q. What do you like about cooking?

compiled by Kiko xxxx (10) “When you talk about someone in a booming volume and that person just walks right by you and gives you a casual glance.” -Pim xxxxxx (10) “The referees forgot that I was still running in the cross-country race, and they started preparing for the boys ‘race. I panicked, stampeded into the finish line, and screamed at the top of my lungs, “WAAAAIIIT!!”

This delayed the next race because the runners and referees couldn’t stop laughing at me.” -Anonymous

A. I like to try every dish, because when you work in a kitchen, only after experimenting can you improve your skills to make each dish better.

“When I thought I saw my friend in Siena Italy, I poked her from behind to surprise her. Turns out, the lady that I poked was a random Swedish lady, which resulted in me getting sworn at.”- Mr. Hagans

Q.What do you do in your free time?

The New Epidemic As if the flu was not enough! Yawning is now infectious by Lisa xxx (11) After spring break, everyone returned to school with tired looks and non-stop yawning. There are different theories behind yawning, and the exact cause of yawning has become a great curiosity. First of all, according to biology teacher, Mr. Michael Robey, “A theory suggests yawning is supposed to increase oxygen flow to your brain, and makes you breathe more deeply.” Another idea indicates that people do not actually get more oxygen when yawning; it merely stretches the muscles, and physically wakes people up. Thirdly and most commonly, people believe that yawning is linked to boredom and tiredness. However, a recent theory suggests that “yawning is triggered by increases in brain temperature, and that physiological consequences of yawning act to promote brain cooling.” This theory is proposed by a Princeton researcher, Andrew Gallup and his co-author Omar Eldakar. According to

by Nikita xxxxxx (11) Predicting the end of humanity has become an obsession. Doomsday warnings are everywhere: the Internet, novels, and even television programs. Imagine people’s surprise when they turn to the History Channel, expecting an archaeological analysis on Egyptian pyramids, only to see a three-hour documentary on the rapture that may or may not happen. Though most people consider the Doomsday Countdown a macabre fad, some are thoroughly convinced that in the near future, a meteor the size of Jupiter will hit the Earth. Others scoff and roll their eyes at this idea, and firmly assert that

the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, “the incidence of yawning in humans is associated with seasonal climate variation.” In other words, people yawn more frequently in the summer, and yawn less frequently in the winter. Although there are lots of scientific theories that contradict the idea of the contagion of yawning, including Andrew Gallup’s recent theory, people tend to believe in the infection of yawning. However scientists cannot fully explain it. Yawning becomes more interesting when it comes to animals. According to Mr. Robey, “yawning is contagious in chimpanzees, and it is even contagious between dogs and humans.” To try and prove that yawning is contagious between dogs and humans, Mr. Robey tested his dog, Mikan. “I did a little experiment...I was yawning when she did, but she didn’t yawn when I did.” Not only does Mr. Robey’s

the Earth will, in fact, explode. Many more imagine further, and explain the catastrophic effect of the sun dropping from the sky and melting human flesh. The theories are endless, each more “definite” than the last. There are many “proofs” that the world will end. One example that triggered many dark fantasies lies amidst the sweltering heat of ancient Mayan civilization. A calendar, written in an old Long Count system, has been found engraved on a wall of a ruin. Imagine this scenario: a budding historian follows the engraving on the wall, his eyes drinking in every abstract detail. And then it comes--a blank

A. In between working at ISSH and at YC&AC (Yokohama Country and Athletic Club), I have little free time. The free time I have, I spend with my family and friends.

by Kristina xxxx (12)

Name: Mitchiya Akase (Manager) Nationality: Japanese Q. What dishes do you recommend? A. Handmade sandwiches and lasagna! Q. How is ISSH different to other schools? A. Chatting with students is hard because this is an all-girls school; nonetheless, the girls here are very polite. Q. What is the most popular dish in ISSH?

A. Mac and cheese, pasta, and experiment on his dog sug- breakfast goods. gest that yawning is infec- Q. How have you adapted tious, Biology Letters indi- the menu to suit this school? cates that “Twenty-nine dogs observed a human yawning A. We use less meat in every or making controlled mouth dish to meet girls’ nutritional movements. Twenty-one dogs [needs]. In fact, Cezars Kitchen yawned when they observed created a specialized menu with a human yawning, but con- more healthy options just for trolled mouth movements did ISSH. not elicit yawning from any of Q. What one dish would them. The presence of conta- you like to learn to make? gious yawning in dogs suggests that this phenomenon is not A. I would like to learn how specific to primate species and to make desserts, especially may indicate that dogs possess chocolate cake. the capacity for a rudimentary A few words for the ISSH form of empathy.” community: Although it is not an urgent riddle, the true reason I am enjoying my first year for yawning may be difficult here! to resolve. However, the topic of yawning never lacks discus- Name: Swesty Lamagari sion. A verse from Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book celebrates the in- Nationality: Indonesian fection of yawning, “A yawn is Q. What dish would you quite catching, you see. Like a recommend the most from cough. It just takes one yawn the kitchen? to start other yawns off.” A. Lasagna. stretch of wall. He realizes the gut-wrenching truth: the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Therefore, logic proves that the world itself will end on December 21, 2012. So it begins. News-hungry journalists report the impending doomsday. Historians contemplate yellowed prophecies. Scientists look deeper into solar flares, meteor showers, and geomagnetic reversals. Current events experts find connections between Doomsday and every assassination, economic decline, and raid that occur. Internet trolls prowl online, stalking blog sites devoted to Doomsday. This isn’t the first time. The Days of Judgment, the afterlife, the apocalypses--they are all old stories, repeatedly dug out and renewed to cause more panic

and fear. Humans must have survived at least a hundred raptures by now. One good example of this is Y2K. A majority of people believed that modern technology was going to crash as the clock ticked midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2000. So instead of celebrating the millennium with fire crackers and toasts, most people spent New Year’s Eve dreading the predicted disaster. As one sardonic Internet commenter puts it, “It’s interesting to see how people are so excited by the SPECTACULAR ways people could die...while in fact, a great many die every day simply from old age, disease, or accidents.” The “spectacular” effect of Doomsday is presented in a movie that did not live up to its media hype--or more specifically, “2012.” This movie has unbeliev-

From left: Mr. Hung Tran, Mr. Mitchiya Akase, Ms. Swesty Lamagari Q. What was a fun experience as a ‘rookie’ at this school? A. I walked into the pottery room on the first day, thinking it was the kitchen. Q. What one dish would you like to learn to make? A. I really want to learn to make fruit salad with mayonnaise and cheese. It is so colorful and looks fun to make. A few words for the ISSH community: Come by and chat with me, because I am fun and friendly. I love to make friends with people of all ages.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Hung Tran is now working full time at YC&AC.

able graphic effects of the earth crumpling beneath civilization and sea levels rising so high that Mt. Everest is flooded. Most agree that the movie plot is weak and the idea ridiculous. Nevertheless, the movie has induced fear in some people, as shown by this YouTube commenter: “OMG, like I dont wants to dieeeee, someone help me PLZ!” Others have taken the opportunity to make jokes. “Oh, who cares about college, the world’s going to end next year!” is a commonly heard expression in school hallways. However, judged by the SAT books and extensive notes high school students carry with them, one can safely assume that the Doomsday Countdown has not really gripped ISSH students’ hearts.


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LIFESTYLE Back by po p dema ular nd!

by Rickey xxxxxxxx (12) Momo xxxxxxxx (12) & Sanskriti xxxxx (12)

Island Veggie Hiro-o

Yasai-ya Mei Roppongi

http://www.islandveggie.com

http://www.eat-walk.com/roppongi

Tucked away in the corner of Hiro-o shopping street, the new Hawaiian macrobiotic, Island Veggie, is an allorganic vegetable and soybased deli that fulfils the high expectations of hungry ISSH students and teachers. At first glance, vegetarians may be deceived by meals that appear to contain meat. Those still new to vegetarianism may enjoy a plate of meat-free Mock Chicken while vegans may appreciate the dairy-free Eggless Egg salad. Despite its hidden location, the open front door and wide windows upstairs provide a spacious feel.

In the heart of Roppongi Hills, a health conscious restaurant sandwiched between an American grill and a sushi bar thrives with a long line of waiting customers. It is twenty minutes into lunchtime for the Hills office buildings and the female employees have swarmed to the reasonable and vegetable-centered Japanese fusion cuisine that is Yasai-ya Mei. Each entrée on the menu is an innovative traditional Japanese dish with a foreign and vegetarian twist, such as the aloe-vera sashimi that dissolves delicately on your tongue, leaving a hint of sweetness behind. When guided to a counter seat, a giant

glass refrigerator stocked with all the greens you can imagine emits a translucent curtain of cooling mist across the counter. The chefs (who happen to be mostly women) lay down a cutting board almost a meter wide and three inches thick, and slice various fruits and vegetables with the utmost grace and precision.

Khana Pina Okachimachi

www.khanapina-dinning.com Perfect getaways from a chaotic, busy life are the exotic Indian and Chinese restaurants located in the hearts of Okachimachi, Bakuro-cho, and Tokyo station. My favorite appetizers from this restaurant

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Island Veggie: New restaurant in the Hiro-o neighborhood. include paneer tikka, a fried cottage cheese served with tomato sauce, and samosa chat, a colorful plate full of crispy samosas with a blend of potato, salad, and yogurt on the side. The traditional main course consists of roti (a thin buttery bread), and a bowl (or two) of gravy. For drinks, we usually order mango lassi (yogurt), and many people are also fond of

kulfi (Indian ice-cream) as dessert. If one wants to avoid any ingredients (such as cheese), it can easily be done by request, as the chefs prepare each meal freshly. Khana Pina also serves complimentary appetizers such as papaar (thin crispy cake made of rice and beans) with chutney (a paste of herbs and chopped onions), and sometimes chai (Indian tea) as well.

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The ultimate debacle: the joy in flying solo or the comfort of having a significant other? by Kaoru xxxxx (12) & Pim xxxxxxx (10) Status: Single

When you are attached, you give one person the power to leave you breathless, or to leave you in tears over a broken relationship. Though this may shock some of you, being in a relationship isn’t all lovey-dovey. While you two are dating, you need to make time to eat with your significant other, hang out with your significant other, and text your significant other! Teens of our generation barely have time to sleep, let alone date. Compromise, you say? That means that you would have to take time out of academic, athletic, and other social commitments! This leaves you with little-to-no “me-time.” Speaking of commitment, that is a burden that we, singles, need not bear. You know when you go out with your friends, and they all have a good time, but your fun is limited because you have a significant other? Yeah, that never happens to us. Being single means you’re free to do almost whatever you want. Your decisions are based solely on what you think is best for you. Momo xxxxxxx Sanskriti xxxxx

Ms. Shull

Kaoru xxxxx Kiko xxxx Kristina xxxx Lisa xxx Nikita xxxxxx Pim xxxxxx Rene xxxxxxxx Rickey xxxxxxxx

Cezars Kitchen Mr. Felstehausen Mrs. Griffiths Ms. Hayes Ms. Hisaoka Ms. Matsukata

Mrs. O’Neill Mr. Robey Ms. Saso Ms. Tajiri Mr. Wehrle Ms. Young Mr. Zink

The one word to sum up why being single is better than being attached is: freedom. You are essentially free from commitment, and free from the disappointment of a breakup.

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Status: In a relationship From the adrenaline rush that flows through our veins to the green-eyed monster that boils from the darkest depths of our psyche, love is utterly and beautifully confusing. Upon becoming attached, no longer will you have to ponder who to turn to for you have now chosen to be emotionally and mentally connected with someone else--a brave choice that will produce long-lasting memories. Think about it, there is a particular person who is willing to make time for you in his/her

busy schedule and give you the freedom to be yourself. Being in a relationship and knowing that you have someone who cares about you in a special way brings a feeling of security and confidence. This is one of the best things about being attached: the knowledge that there is someone who likes you simply for being you. Being committed gives one a chance to take responsibility and understand the importance of taking risks. Every single day, people who are attached learn about themselves and through this, they begin to grow as individuals and as part of a team in order to make the relationship work. The fear of breaking up is one of the factors that discourages people from becoming attached, but when you find a person worth risking getting hurt for, go for it! Being attached is challenging and truly takes effort but it will be up to you to decide if it is worth it. Life’s about taking risks, why not do so by having someone by your side?


The Inernational - June Edition  

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