Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The Empire City. The Capital of the World. It’s probably safe to say that the city of New York isn’t short on nicknames. In fact, there aren’t many things that the bustling metropolis lacks, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Our first term in the United States wouldn’t be complete without a visit to NYC, and beginning tomorrow, May 11th, our students will have the opportunity to indulge themselves in New York’s captivating history and, of course, its world famous pizza.
The week long trip, which we refer to as weXplore, will allow the TGS faculty to expand upon the concepts being covered in their curriculum by visiting actual historical locations and speaking to people with first hand experiences or a high level of expertise on a subject. A selection of our planned destinations include Chinatown, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Mathematics, and Ground Zero. The trip will also provide students with two days to explore the Big Apple themselves, no doubt providing ample fodder for energetic conversations on which borough is best.
This will be the first visit to New York City for many of our students, and they are eager to experience all that it has to offer. Four of our 10th grade students (Joseph, Gawa, Alejandro, and Liisa) sat down for a “pre-Xplore” roundtable last night to discuss their preconceived notions about the city, what they expect New York and New Yorkers to be like, how NYC became so famous, and how they plan on getting around the five boroughs. You can hear their roundtable in our newest podcast, and be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions for where they should visit in the comments below!