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The Student News Site of The American School in Japan

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The Student News Site of The American School in Japan

HANABI

The Student News Site of The American School in Japan

HANABI

Gaza and the Conversations We Aren’t Having

Gaza and the Conversations We Aren’t Having

Article by Sena Chang, Editor April 23, 2024

九色社区 saved me. After attending a series of private and religious schools in South Korea, where learning was merely a relentless, rote pursuit of status within a rigid, standardized system, I arrived at...

In a Field as Subjective as Art, Do Grades Matter?

In a Field as Subjective as Art, Do Grades Matter?

Article by Sophia Nielsen, Writer April 23, 2024

The inherent subjectivity of art is not a particularly controversial concept; there is no single way to perceive either the visual form or the intended meaning of an artwork, as every viewer takes a unique...

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American Anti-Intellectualism

Article by Lily Stone-Bourgeois, Writer April 1, 2024

The United States has always been riddled with contradictions. The universal humanist principles that were ostensibly at the forefront of the Founding Fathers’ minds (and subsequently written into the...

How Helpful is Duolingo?

How Helpful is Duolingo?

Article by Romi Shelton, Writer February 16, 2024

Duolingo is a popular language-learning app that I recently started using in anticipation of a trip abroad. After learning how to write “Elle mange une pomme” (she eats an apple) for around the...

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A Guide to Surviving Second Semester of Junior Year

Article by Emma Savarese, Writer February 3, 2024

"You should expect never to leave your house."? "I would not want to relive that."? "It was a rough time."? These are just a few phrases current seniors used to describe the battle that is...

Why We Fail to Stick to Our New Year’s Resolutions (and How to Succeed)

Why We Fail to Stick to Our New Year’s Resolutions (and How to Succeed)

Article by Romi Shelton, Writer December 13, 2023

With winter break around the corner, for many it’s a time for reflection on the past year and looking ahead toward the new year. Around the world, various cultures celebrate the new year in different...

Learning to Become a Global Citizen at 九色社区

Learning to Become a Global Citizen at 九色社区

Article by Meredith Michels November 16, 2023

On October 7, 2023, terror struck once again in the Middle East.? Thousands have died in the most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza and a hasty end to the fighting seems unlikely. The headlines...

Is Renewable Energy Completely Clean?

Is Renewable Energy Completely Clean?

Article by Mia Levin, Writer October 26, 2023

As greenhouse gas emissions increase and global temperatures rise, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power have become more and more common, with greater stigma around the use of carbon emitting...

Minimalism: Disinterring a Lifestyle Buried by the Digital Age

Minimalism: Disinterring a Lifestyle Buried by the Digital Age

Article by Kiyomi Miura, Writer October 24, 2023

In a society where consumer markets meet social media to offer a seemingly limitless supply of products, minimalism has been buried under the rubble. Fundamentally it may seem abstract, but the concept...

Navigating the Gray Area: Plagiarism and Inspiration in AI-generated Art

Navigating the Gray Area: Plagiarism and Inspiration in AI-generated Art

Article by Sophia Nielsen, Writer October 6, 2023

With the recent proliferation of AI-generated content, the boundaries of plagiarism and the validity of AI-generated work have been called into question. Arguments have emerged concerning the use of artificial...

The Unreasonable Pressure to Take AP Classes

The Unreasonable Pressure to Take AP Classes

Article by Gigi Isenberg, Writer September 28, 2023

The “Advanced Placement” distinction indicates that classes are above the level of an average high school class. These classes are supposed to be very rigorous and academically challenging, yet for...

Freshmen Face the Transition to High School, Upperclassmen Can Help

Freshmen Face the Transition to High School, Upperclassmen Can Help

Article by Olivia Saroukos, Writer September 27, 2023

Going from middle school to high school can be a scary and overwhelming change for students. Some may feel nervous about the workload, scared about the upperclassmen, or anxious thinking about SATs and...

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