Life is like a box of chocolates.

June 25, 2022
by AM
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Hello friends!

Update: in a few days, the URL for this website is closing down. A simplified version of the blog will still be accessible at

The students who were in Grade 4 when we started this blog in the fall of 2013 have just graduated from high school this year. We wish all those students the best of luck as they go on to university in a few months.

Also, in case you haven’t heard the news, TIS will be moving to a new location in 2026. You can read about it here ( if you scroll down to the end of the page. Also on that page, you can catch up on the history of the school and various moves over the years.

Have a great summer everyone, and stay safe!



May 31, 2020
by AM

Grade 4 Meeting

Hi everybody! Thanks for checking in to the Zoom meeting this morning/last night. So great to see everyone. Leave a comment here to connect from your part of the world!

April 28, 2020
by AM

2020: The Year of the Rat. I mean The Year of the Coronavirus.

Hello friends. Well, 2020 has not been the exciting and rollicking good time that we thought it would be, has it? Everything it seems — everything — is getting cancelled or postponed. I hope that everyone is doing well in whatever corner of the world you are in. Most importantly, I hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe in these unprecedented days of the Coronavirus. Many families have gone through some difficult times, and we need to keep them in our thoughts as we are staying at home and limiting our contact with everyone else.

Even though it has been a disruptive three months, the whole COVID-19 situation serves as a reminder that nothing is guaranteed in life. Plans that we had for school or family or travel (especially travel) that seemed certain only a few months ago may have been delayed or completely scrapped. Nobody could have predicted this in January. But here we are. We have to be ready to make changes, be flexible, and keep our focus on what is best for everyone. An important lesson for everyone to carry into the future.

If you are studying at home and having a tough time focusing or keeping up your motivation, remember that this is only a temporary situation. Even though it might not seem like it right now, things will get back to normal.

Thanks for checking in. As always… if you are reading this, leave us a comment in the box below to let everyone know how you are doing.

Sending out positive vibes to wherever you may happen to be on this earth! 🌏

January 8, 2019
by AM

Happy 2019 everyone

Hi everyone!

Hey, it’s been a while since I posted here. I hope everyone is doing well in Grade 6 and beyond. I know that some of you are still in Tokyo but many of you have gone to other parts of the world. I hope you are having a great school year and that your holidays — including celebrating the new year — were good.

2019 is going to be a special year in Japan as we will have a new emperor at the beginning of May. This will be a historical event, and the country is planning to have a longer Golden Week holiday (10 days) to celebrate the occasion. Also, 2019 means one year left before the Summer Olympics and Paralympics come to Tokyo. Already a lot of buildings as well as a new stadium have appeared and everyone is starting to get ready for the big event, which will last just over two weeks.

Let us know how you are doing in your part of the world and leave a comment if you read this. Thanks for stopping in on the blog and hope to see you sometime and somewhere!

June 23, 2018
by AM

End of the school year

Hi all! Hey the school year ended at TIS yesterday and as always at this time of year, we said goodbye to a number of students. If you are leaving Japan this year, we wish you the best of luck in your new schools where ever they are in the world. This summer, remember to read something you like, learn something new, have fun and get ready for the next school year. If you are doing something you are excited about or just checking in, leave a comment here! We would love to hear what you are up to. Even better, if you want to guest post on this blog, please comment here and we can show you how to do it.

Have an awesome summer everyone!

May 28, 2018
by AM

How to stay calm under pressure

Hello friends. How have you been? I certainly hope you have done well with your Exhibition projects, Spring Concert performances, and presentations that always come up in the spring time. Which reminds me, you weren’t nervous when presenting or performing, were you? If you were, you are not alone, my people. Everyone gets jittery in these situations.

I found this video on TED-Ed that I thought was really well done. It’s about getting nervous when you are performing. And how you can try to stay calm under a lot of pressure. Check it out. And, as always, leave us a comment here after you watch.

May 3, 2018
by AM

Another unsolved airplane mystery

Do you remember Amelia Earhart’s story? She was the woman who wanted to fly around the world but disappeared somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. She was one of the first people to go missing in an airplane accident and since then there have been a few more “unsolved mysteries” involving airplanes.

Here is an unusual story that also remains unsolved from way back in 1971: the D.B. Cooper story. Cooper hijacked an airplane and tried to escape by parachute. He jumped out of the back of the plane and was never seen again. Watch this video and tell us what you think.

March 23, 2018
by AM

Andy’s last day at TIS

Hi all,

Today was my last day at TIS after 15 years. Amazing! I had so much fun teaching everyone here since 2002 (a very very long time ago!!) and for everyone who was in my 4A class from 2013 to 2017, you will always be part of my family. Send me a message any time. We will keep this blog alive, so keep checking in. Sayonara, my people!!