Successful Week-Long Virtual AAI Tsudoi

Ashinaga camps are known as “Tsudoi” (つどい), which means “gathering” in Japanese. In non-COVID years, the AAI Tsudoi is a week-long event held in Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture of Shizuoka, at a national youth center. Scholars and staff can count on being freezing, sometimes even with snow on the ground, but also breathtakingly clear views of Mt. […]

Ten Years Since March 11, 2011: Remembering the Devastating Triple Disaster in Tohoku

March 11, 2021 will mark ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the Tohoku (northeastern) region of Japan. The infrastructural and economic damage was catastrophic, with entire towns being washed away by the tsunami. An estimated 18,000 people died or went missing, and many more […]

Dr. Sacko on the impact of COVID-19 on International Education

On January 20, 2021, Ashinaga was honored to have Dr. Oussouby Sacko, the President of Kyoto Seika University, join us for a webinar titled “The Effects of COVID-19 on International Education.”   Born in Mali in 1966, Dr. Oussouby Sacko studied architecture in China, then moved to Japan in 1991, where he earned his PhD […]

High School Student from Uganda, Studying in Miyagi, Shares Encouragements with Classmates

Francis is a third-year high school student, graduating in March 2021. In junior high school, he attended school at the Ashinaga Uganda Rainbow House in Nansana. Francis has always had superb academic ability, a positive attitude, and been full of curiosity. Three years ago, he was selected to participate in the high school study abroad […]

Tamai Featured on NHK World

Ashinaga is proud to announce that our President and Founder, Yoshiomi Tamai, was featured on NHK World on January 26.   “We provide financial aid, to the children of low-income, single-mother households.  Families where, for example, the mother has to work two or even three jobs a day, just to provide the basics for her […]

£1.2M  Scholarship Scheme from University of York to Support AAI Scholars in the UK

  Students from sub-Saharan Africa, who have lost one or both of their parents, are set to benefit from a £1.2 million scholarship scheme as part of a partnership between the University of York, Kaplan International Pathways and Ashinaga Association in the UK.   The Ashinaga Scholarships, which includes a full tuition fee waiver, will […]

Ashinaga Foundation Partners with Eikei University of Hiroshima and Hiroshima Global Academy

  In October 2020, Ashinaga signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Eikei University in Hiroshima (set to open its doors in April 2021) and Hiroshima Global Academy. This is Ashinaga’s first collaboration with a public high school program.   Eikei University of Hiroshima and Ashinaga Foundation share the belief that access to education is […]

Ashinaga Senegal Holds Taxawu Jàng Élémentaire Opening Ceremony In Dakar

November is the start of the academic year in Senegal and Ashinaga Senegal seized this opportunity by holding the opening ceremony of the local elementary school scholarship program Taxawu Jàng Élémentaire (TJE) at the Place du Souvenir Africain in Dakar. Given the ongoing pandemic and Ashinaga Senegal’s commitment to respect social distancing measures, the ceremony […]

Ashinaga Uganda First Ever Remote Study Camp

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way education is delivered, and this has also been the case at Ashinaga Uganda. In October, Ashinaga Uganda launched the Study Camp, the first leg of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative’s Preparation Year. What used to be an in-person camp held at the Ashinaga Kokorojuku, this year completely moved to […]

Two AAI Scholars Intern with Big Wave Kawasaki in Oita, Japan

For two weeks in late summer, AAI Scholars, Patience and Walter, undertook an internship with Big Wave Kawasaki (BWK), an automobile recycling and spare parts business in Oita, Japan. The two Scholars are both from Uganda and currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Japan, Patience at Kwansei Gakuin University, and Walter at Tokai University. […]