Hinoki Foundation was established in 2014 to ensure the continuing operation of Japanese-English bilingual-education programs in the State of Michigan. Originally a support organization for the Hinoki International School, the mission of Hinoki Foundation evolved to embrace all educational programs that promote Japanese-English bilingualism and Japanese-American biculturalism among Michigan schoolchildren. As an independent 501(c)(3) charity, Hinoki Foundation provides services to groups dedicated to the creation of globally minded individuals, through the development of language and multicultural skills.
Hinoki Foundation promotes the development of bilingualism and multiculturalism among children, with a focus on the English-Japanese language pair. It aims to achieve these goals by supporting educational programs that provide Japanese-English bilingual education. Hinoki Foundation specifically targets innovative curricula that fully integrate both languages across academic subjects, and require daily application of dual-language skills. As language and culture are closely intertwined, Hinoki Foundation also promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding between native speakers of the target languages.
Benefits of Bilingualism
A growing body of research confirms the positive cognitive benefits of bilingualism. In the interdependent modern world, bilingualism is less an academic luxury, and more a basic occupational skill required for future economic growth and competitiveness. Bilingualism, and the biculturalism it engenders, fosters strong personal connections between people across the world. It enhances understanding and respect between countries, thereby contributing to global stability, security, and harmony.
Acquiring a second language at a younger age produces better outcomes with respect to accent, vocabulary, fluency, and listening comprehension. Accordingly, Hinoki Foundation supports programs that help children to acquire a second language during the developmental stages that are most productive for the task: preschool through high school. Moreover, to promote language skills with sufficient depth, Hinoki Foundation champions immersion education, where target languages are regularly used during instruction and as an integral part of everyday school life.