Sakura Medal 2014

The Sakura Medal is a reading program designed to encourage reading and enjoyment of good quality books. It was initiated in the 2005-2006 school year for students in participating International Schools across Japan. Students read books from short lists prepared by library media specialists in the participating schools and vote in April for a winner. The winning author receives the Sakura medal and a diploma containing a certificate and a piece of original art. There is a student art competition for the design of the diploma art. 

For past winners and more information, please visit

Artwork by Leona W. ASIJ HS student

The ASIJ PTA sponsors the Sakura Medal 

with a yearly grant.

Participating schools 

Participation by each school can change from
year to year, and not all schools participate
in all of the categories.

The American School in Japan
The British School in Tokyo
Canadian Academy
Canadian International School Tokyo
Christian Academy in Japan
Hiroshima International School
Hokkaido International School
International School of the Sacred Heart
K. International School
Makuhari International School
The Montessori School of Tokyo
Nagoya International School
Nishimachi International School
Osaka International School
St. Mary’s International School
Saint Maur International School
Seisen International School
Tokyo International School
Tokyo Korean School
Yokohama International School

2013-2014 English Reading Lists
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The most important aspect of this program is that it encourages students to read quality books for fun.  Although designed and initiated by teacher-librarians, this program is intended to involve all participants in the educational community: classroom teachers, administrators, librarians, and of course parents.  

For more information about the Sakura Medal at divisional levels please visit the ES, MS and HS Learning Commons sites.