Nervous about learning a new language?
Don’t be! Daijo-bu (don’t worry in Japanese)!! Trying something new is always challenging for everyone. Actually, making mistakes helps you let go of fear. Mistakes show what’s right in your own words. Mistakes help you grow. Learning Japanese language and cultures with us will bring you lots of new discoveries for your future! Check a variety of extra curricular activities we offer our friends (nakama!) Join us and enjoy cultural activities we have at school and in Japan!
We would like to call our classroom “studio,” where we can create something fun together through learning Japanese and Japanese cultures. Your classmates and the teacher are on your team! We will have lots of group / pair activities to help you feel more at ease and actually have fun in class! To enjoy this class more, you need to immerse yourself like being in Japan! When you walk into this class, you will be entering a world where only Japanese is spoken by everyone, including you! Check these pages for many activities we do in class & outside of the class!
2021 - Japanese 3H / AP - Japanese Designs
Learn about essential concepts of Japanese designs.
Explore Japanese traditional "monyo" patterns.
Study historical & cultural backgrounds of different districts in San Francisco.
Create a district flag with Japanese design elements & Present a "promotional" speech about each district.
Can you guess which flag is representing which district in San Francisco?
Washington High School has several sister schools in Japan! Annual visits from sister schools bring a lot of joy!! We talk in Japanese & English, make / eat lunch together, have fun activities, and learn more about each other's cultures. We also connect with other sister schools remotely and share class activities for mutual understanding of global cultures and language learning.
When we have guests from Japan, we go out! Exploring our city, San Francisco, with our guests from Japan is so much fun, and this is the best way to get to know each others and improve your communication skills in Japanese! The SF Scavenger hunt is our favorite one! Team up with guests and figure out where a next destination!
Also, students in the Japanese program take field trips to experience Japanese cultures: tea ceremony, obento, calligraphy, sushi-making, origami, and anime!
Go to Japan!
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, our 2020 & 2021 summer trips were cancelled. We are planning to visit our sister schools, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima in 2022!
Have you ever had a wish for doing something incredibly rewarding as a teen? Teen years are a time for self-discovery and experimentation. The Japanese program at George Washington High School in San Francisco has offered project-based summer trips to Japan, where students meet local people in Japan for special “Kizuna (Friendship).”
In the past several years, we visited Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku, Japan, to continue with our efforts in building better lives for students that were affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Students raised over $13,000 in a relief fund and donated the funds to one of our sister schools in the region, where portable heaters for the winter, display cases, and school supplies were purchased, after they were all destroyed by the earthquake. They also volunteered at different locations such as beach cleanup, performing at senior residences and local schools, and old school restoration projects. One of our goals was to raise more social awareness of living conditions of the people in the surrounding areas that are still living in temporary housing, those suffering from "post-traumatic stress" and for fellow students trying to achieve their education. Students wished to continue with helping students at our sister schools and believed that all people need help when tragedy strikes, in order to bring a balance back to their lives.
In 2018, we decided to go southwest in Japan and invent community projects. Several years ago, we started another “Kizuna” project with students in Saijo, a small town in Ehime, Japan. Since then, we have exchanged letters and viewpoints through different projects with five high schools in Saijo. With many different life styles, local problems, and cultural perspectives between San Francisco, as one of the largest urban cities in the USA, and Saijo, a small town in Shikoku island Japan, we thought this may be a fun way to comprehend our global society and appreciate each other’s city by creating community events for mutual understanding of both cities, all cultures and all peoples.