This fall, Hinoki Foundation offers bilingual Monozukuri/STEM activities for JSL (Japanese as Second Language) and heritage Japanese learners, in grades 1 ~ 8. Students can engage in mini-design projects while learning engineering terms in English and Japanese. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.
Coming soon! Please contact us to host.
As part of Hinoki Online Talk, Hinoki Foundation sponsors evening online tutoring & conversation-practice sessions for ESL (English as 2nd Language) and heritage Japanese learners, including help with language-related homework. Dates & times vary. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.
Now open! Sundays 7~8pm, Jan. 21 ~ Feb. 25
As part of Hinoki Online Talk, Hinoki Foundation sponsors evening online tutoring & conversation-practice sessions for JSL (Japanese as 2nd Language) learners, including help with language-related homework. Dates & times vary. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.
Now open! Tuesdays 7~8pm, Jan. 30 ~ Mar. 5
Click here for introduction and rule packet (including all forms & deadlines).
Sample Essay (Grade 3~5 Non-Heritage Learner)
Sample Essay (Grade 6~8 Heritage Learner)
Sample Essay (Grade 6~8 Non-Heritage Learner)
Sample Essay (Grade 9~12 Heritage Learner)
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Individual students or entire classrooms are invited to show off their Japanese skills, in our annual "sakubun" writing contest! This activity is for students in grades 3 to 12, and is open to both heritage and non-heritage learners of Japanese. Prizes and certificates are awarded!
Launched November 7! Click here for more information. Links to sample entries can be found below.
Nothing is more multicultural than the International Space Station! Hinoki Foundation once sponsored an opportunity for elementary students studying bilingualism to have a live dialogue with a real NASA astronaut.
This is an exciting example of how students might apply their language and cultural skills in the future.
Since 2015, Hinoki Foundation has supported an annual English-learning event in Kyushu, Japan!
Creating cross-cultural connections and friendships builds the foundation for future interntional student exchanges, and the inspiration for lifetime bilingual learning.
For students in grades 3~10, Hinoki Foundation hosts "face to face" online chats & instruction led by native Japanese & English speakers.
Sessions are designed for real-life practice of verbal bilingual skills. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions are here in English, and here in Japanese. Rules & procedures can be found here. Cost: Free.
Dates & Registration:
Please watch for upcoming sessions!
Parent Testimonial. Student Testimonial.
Each autumn, Hinoki Foundation sponsors a booth at the annual MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest! Guests can stop by to learn or practice Japanese and try origami and other crafts. Cost: Hinoki activity is free, but there is a nominal entry fee to Pumpkinfest (about $5 per person, and free if 2 or under). Tickets can be purchased for pumpkins, food, and certain children’s activities. Novi, Michigan.
Event Dates & Times:
Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, 2023 11 am - 5 pm
As part of its cutural-education programs, Hinoki Foundation holds in-person cooking classes for students K~8th grade. Instruction is provided in both Japanese and English, with a focus on easy-to-make Japanese foods matched to the season. Very fun for children and guardians who want to use bilingual skills!
Please click here for more information .
Dates & Registration:
Please watch for upcoming sessions!
The Hinoki Foundation Practicum in International Leadership in Online Teaching (PILOT) is a free online teacher-education program for language teachers, providing international & hands-on opportunity to develop teaching skills under the tutelage of professional instructors and educators. (Program timing varies).
Click here for details.
Language and culture are closely related, making cultural events an important part of acquiring a second language.
For this reason, Hinoki Foundation supports Japanese-language programs by sponsoring exhibits, demonstrations, and other special activities that introduce students to Japanese and American culture. To host an event, contact us here.
Hinoki Foundation identifies and places talented volunteer "interns" to support school programs, cultural events, and Japanese-English bilingual education. These interns offer their time and skills to help young language & culture learners, as mentors, conversation partners, and rich sources of authentic cultural knowlege.
Click here for a description of Hinoki Interns.
Hinoki Foundation brings student teachers from Japanese universities for mini-homestays with local families with children studying Japanese. This unique short-term program allows young students to apply their bilingual skills, thereby motivating them to continue on their path to Japanese-English bilingualism.
SoroBanzai! Introduces elementary students to the basics of calculating with an abacus (called “soroban” in Japanese). This afterschool enrichment activity promotes concentration, imagination, motor skills, and of course mathematics. Instruction is in both English and Japanese.
The Fun With Japanese afterschool program encourages young bilingual learners of all ability levels to apply their skills in exciting ways. Activities include collaborative story telling, quiz contests, word searches, and board games. Successful real-life application of language skills encourages continued study.