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Tanabata - Also known as the Weaver’s Festival or the Star Festival, Tanabata is held annually on July 7th, or the seventh night of the seventh moon, according to the Japanese lunisolar calendar.  Thought to have origins in the Chinese Qixi Festival, Tanabata celebrates the once-a-year meeting between the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi (the Weaver


Children’s Day in Japan


The 5th day of the 5th month is a special day in Japan, kodomo no hi, or Children's Day! This is a special holiday to celebrate, you guessed it, the wonderful children in our lives. There is even a special Google Doodle for today, check it out! The main symbol of the holiday is koinobori, large

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[facebook id="471322139735658"] "Ganbare! Ganbare! Ganbare!" You hear it shouted over and over again in the video. In Japan will hear it from friends, neighbors, classmates, and parents. You will see it on signs, buttons, and bumper stickers. It is an important expression, and exemplifies a crucial aspect of Japanese culture--the insistence that you never give

At JAMS we GANBARE2016-03-10T20:57:08-07:00

Brains Grow at JAMS


Are you right-brained or left-brained? Do you prefer art over math, or understand music better than language? Why not both? Normally when we do mathematical calculations we use the left hemisphere of our brain. However, researcher Kimiko Kawano found that advanced abacus users use the right side of their brains when calculating! Why does this

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Why JAMS Matters


  "We are fortunate to have discovered JAMS, and grateful to Miwako Sensei, who instills discipline and motivation in her pupils.” -Karen C., Parent You may think JAMS is just about learning the abacus, but we are about so much more! It is Sensei Miwako’s goal to help develop the whole child. JAMS encourages and

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In the Japanese and other Asian cultures, the concept of DO (pronounced ‘doh’) represents the ability to persevere and is taught through many activities. Life is filled with many challenges, and children who learn skills to overcome them are better prepared for the future. Sports, music and other lessons teach these skills and

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