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What kind of city is Boston?

Boston is one of the oldest historic cities in the United States.

In 1630, Boston was founded as a British colony.

In the eighteenth century, people in Boston rose up against the policy toward colonies by Great Britain, demonstrated by the Boston Tea Party.

By the end of the eighteenth century, the American Revolutionary War erupted, and George Washington, who was the General of the Continental Army, became the first President of the United States.

Boston could be called the birthplace of America.

The rich history permeates along Freedom Trail as you stroll through stone pavements with brick buildings.



Here in Boston, there are many research institutions and universities such as Harvard University, the oldest in the States, and MIT which contributed to the completion of rocket engineering for space projects in the US.  The first principal of our school, Dr. Kohichi Masubuchi, contributed to the aerospace research at MIT.

There are eight presidents of the United States who are graduates of Harvard University including President John F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama.  Also, over thirty Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners studied and researched in Greater Boston.  This could be one of the reasons many intellectual scholars are attracted to Boston.

Not only the world’s most gifted people are around, but also it’s a city full of culture. In music, there are many top musicians in the world such as Seiji Ozawa, the former Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, the famous composer of movie music like ET and the conductor of Boston Pops Orchestra; Ryu Goto, the professional violinist who studied science at Harvard University.  In the field of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, boasts many collections of Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne which are very popular impressionists to many Japanese, as well as Japanese arts such as Ukiyoe, the Japanese woodblock prints, and the Buddhist paintings.  The Japanese Garden, a part of MFA, was built in dedication to Kakuzo Okakura aka Okakura Tenshin, the curator of Japanese Arts. In sports, there are famous Japanese athletes in Red Sox and in Revolutions in their professional sports careers.

What kind of school is JLS?


The school is held at Medford High School, in the suburb of the artful lively Boston. The school started with only 25 students in June 1975. Currently, it grew into a school with about 800 students, thanks to the great contributions of the founders and parents, and other people who were involved in the community of this school at the time. The school now has five divisions: kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school, and Japanese as a second language.


Our school's primary purpose of education is to maintain and strengthen the Japanese language of Japanese children residing in Boston and surrounding suburban cities. We also offer classes to give opportunities to children of any nationalities who want to study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Our educational curriculum uses Japanese textbooks used in Japan in order to learn the basic foundation of the Japanese language.  In addition to Japanese Language Arts, Arithmetic (Mathematics), Japanese History, Japanese Culture, General Learning (in Kindergarten), Specials, and others are the educational activities every Saturday morning.  Our distinctive feature is that students attend local school (American) during weekdays learning in the US curriculum, along with home learning in Japanese, and are given supplemental instruction on Saturdays.

Our school is generally categorized as “the supplemental school”, though it’s been named “the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston” since its opening with the support of the Japanese Association of Greater Boston.  We strive to nurture/bring up/educate Japanese who would work in the International society, in order to meet our educational guideline: “We bring up children who love Japanese culture, who have the spirit of great enterprise and the love for humanity, who would contribute to the World Peace, and who are internationally enriched.

There are some students who live outside of MA.  They come from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.  Some take two hours to commute to school.  The time they spend here at the school on Saturday morning is a precious time for children to figure out their identity as Japanese by learning Japanese in Japanese, playing, and by release the stress of weekday study in the English environment.  

In order to experience the same curriculum as the schools in Japan as much as possible, we hold the Entrance Ceremony and Graduation.  The Graduation is very solemn just as the ones held in schools in Japan.  Students participate in Fire Drill and the Field Day.  Middle school and High School Division students play main roles in running the all-day event of the Field Day.  We can’t hold these events without the support of the Board of Directors, PTA Board members, and all parents who are the PTA members.  This is the amazing fact about this school that the Board of Directors, PTA, and teachers (who are hired on site ) working together make events successful.

Please come and visit us.  We look forward to meeting you.

Japanese Language School of Greater Boston








Recent Announcements

  • Talent Show Although we are experiencing a challenging time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold a talent show as in previous years. This year, we would like to hold ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2020, 10:28 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • From the IT Department We will be consolidating all IT-related questions concerning our WES database,school-assigned Google account(s), Zoom/Google Meet and/or Google Classroomto a single e-mail account ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 11:00 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Progress Report “AYUMI” Progress Report “AYUMI”As autumn deepened, the leaves changed from autumn leaves to fallen leaves and from cool to cold. I would like to thank all the parents and guardians ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 11:20 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Online Teleconferencing Considerations Online Teleconferencing Considerations・Do not forward the file / folder-sharing / teleconferencing invite links.・Do not take photos of the monitor screen or screen-captures.・Please use identifiable names when entering ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 10:18 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Absence Notification Submission of the Student Absence Form is accepted via e-mail (PDF). Please send an e-mail to your homeroom teacher and copy the school office on the e-mail ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2020, 8:27 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Summer Contest Winners Here are winners of this year’s Summer Contest. Winners are recognized during the class tomorrow. Congratulations! Award certificates will be mailed to winners next week. Participation awards will be ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 9:48 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • From the PTA Event Committee “Let’s talk about online tools” When: October 3, 9:30 am to 11:00 am  To register, please visit https://forms.gle/7wu1Zjz8KyBqE1JGA.Zoom invites will be sent to ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2020, 6:38 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • From the PTA JCP (Japanese Classes for Parents) Committee Back by popular demand! We’re excited to continue our new online program this fall.Three lessons in small classes will be offered in Term 2.Visit our website for ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2020, 6:37 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Kindergarten Field Day As we continue to have classes online this term, many events have been canceled or reduced; however, after careful consideration, the Kindergarten Department decided to hold the Annual Kindergarten Field ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2020, 9:41 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
  • Distribution of the textbooks and workbooks More information were sent home via email.
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 10:46 AM by Hiromi Takahashi
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