Note from the Festival Lead: I know I don't have to remind all of our participants of the vital importance of adhering to social distancing policies right now, but I've also heard arguments that we should be describing our current, isolated condition as physical distancing rather than social distancing, and I agree! Keeping a safe … Continue reading Week One: social connection!
Please visit the daily learning page for a greeting and short history of our organization from our Chairman, Roger Swick! Leaders everywhere have been challenged by the circumstances brought about by Covid-19, and JSCC is incredibly fortunate to have Roger running the show for us right now. After you hear from him, hop on over … Continue reading April 20th: daily learning and daily activities are live!
If you aren't familiar with the history of the Sister City relationship between Independence and Higashimurayama, the extremely abridged version is that the whole program grew out of a series of tremendous acts of kindness and hospitality among strangers. If you have been to Higashimurayama, think and post about someone outside your host family who … Continue reading Day 7
Let's play! If you have visited Japan, what kinds of games did you play there? This can include sports, tabletop games, video games, games that helped you learn specific information or skills, or even a little tic-tac-toe game you played on someone's phone at the train station. If you haven't visited Japan, do some research … Continue reading Day 6
Recently, climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic ocean to attend a climate summit without betraying her commitments to her environmentalist ideals. If we were all living in a past or future where convenient air travel was unavailable or uncommon, would you be willing to make a much longer journey to Japan by more … Continue reading Day 5
If you have been to Higashimurayama, did you learn anything about fine art or pop art during your visit? Please interpret the definition of art as broadly as you wish, but to get started, think about things like music, fashion, visual art, theater, cinema, architecture or literature, in any context: modern, historical, popular, or academic. … Continue reading Day 4
If you have visited Higashimurayama, think (and post!) about a good memory you have from time that you spent with your host family. If you haven’t visited Higashimurayama, think of any questions you may have about what it’s like to live with a family in another country. Post your questions to your own social media … Continue reading Day 3
If you have visited Japan as part of our Sister City Program, think about a specific, memorable place that you visited in our sister city, Higashimurayama, and make a post about that place. If you haven’t been to Higashimurayama, browse the day two tag listed below to learn about our beautiful sister city from people … Continue reading Day 2