ICJC supports all curriculum programs and activities at Yokohama International School starting in the Early Learning Center through High School with the Curriculum Enhancement Programs (CEP).

Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center is guided by the Reggio Emilia academic philosophy where children creatively express themselves and learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing, CEP programs enhance this unique and child-centered curriculum with special hands-on learning experiences including Japanese printmaking, visual art and construction, drama, music, puppetry and shadow performance. CEP classes for the academic school year include Japanese Dance,  Japanese Music (13-string Koto, Singing and Taiko) and Japanese Way of Tea.

Kaori Mori, ICJC traditional dance instructor works with ELC students.

Kaori Mori, ICJC traditional dance instructor works with ELC students.

Primary Years Program (PYP)

Grade 4 students enjoy learning about Japanese tea in the ICJC tea room with Ms. Gershon, Way of Tea Instructor.

Grade 4 students enjoy learning about Japanese tea in the ICJC tea room with Ms. Gershon, Way of Tea Instructor.

Tying in directly to the IB student learner profile, ICJC staff collaborate directly with YIS classroom teachers to enhance PYP beliefs and values in an eclectic array of Japanese traditional and modern arts-related classes. Students will find a new awareness of cultural values and traditions different from their own in living in the host country. CEP K-5 classes for the academic school year include Japanese Calligraphy, Japanese Cuisine, Japanese Dance, Japanese Ink Painting,  Japanese Music (13-string Koto, Singing and Taiko), Japanese Way of Tea and various excursions (Sankeien Gardens, nearby temples and shrines, museums, etc.).

Middle Years Program (MYP)

Strengthening MYP’s three fundamental concepts of holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication, ICJC’s distinctive arts programs reinforce middle school students’ broad and balanced educational needs. YIS students will have a clearer understanding and appreciation of Japanese cultural identities as well as their own. CEP special classes have included Japanese Kimono Design and Wearing (Grade 6), Japanese Kabuki (Grade 7), “Living in the Edo Period-Sustainability”, “Buddhism in a Global Context” (Grade 8).  Students also have various field trips around Yokohama exploring the rich traditional as well as modern local culture.

Diploma Program (DP)

Diploma students in Grades 11 and 12 can directly interact with the center’s monthly guest lecturers in all fields of Japanese art and culture. Furthermore, a database of professionals in various disciplines and ICJC’s link with the community are invaluable resources for students exploring Extended Essay topics, Theory of Knowledge work and community service projects. Special lecturers have included Dr. Paul McCarthy, Professor of Comparative Culture (English and Japanese Language and Literature) Surugadai University, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Arts Director, International House of Japan, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Kihara Science Foundation.

Azby Brown presents a lecture to the Grade 8 students on "Living in the Edo Period".

Azby Brown presents a lecture to the Grade 8 students on "Living in the Edo Period".

Christopher Blasdel presents a class to the Grade 11 students on Japanese Art and Aesthetics.

Christopher Blasdel presents a class to the Grade 11 students on Japanese Art and Aesthetics.