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Posted 01/16/2017 10:03

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen will be joining us at the end of January.  Lisa has a successful career as an author, a writer for television, as well as for Time magazine.  In addition to working with our students, she will also offer two sessions for parents.  We look forward to seeing you at these PTA-sponsored events.

Posted 01/16/2017 09:38
Sending nengajo (New Year’s cards) is an important custom for the Japanese.  The postcard often includes an illustration of the animal for the year under the Chinese zodiac. This year, 2017, is the year of the Rooster. The Middle School Japanese classes had an annual nengajo contest in December.  The students demonstrated their creativity in designing a rooster on their cards and wished for a healthy and happy new year.  You can view their beautiful cards here.
Posted 01/16/2017 09:26

Congratulations to our HS Boys' JV Basketball team for going undefeated at their recent tournament in Yokohama!  Our boys brought home the first place trophy.

Be sure to check out our web page to see upcoming games and schedules of all of our teams!

Posted 01/12/2017 14:19
We would like to draw your attention to a new website we have created, with information regarding techniques discussed in the Parenting In The Digital Age workshop we held in December. We hope to add further tips throughout the year.
Posted 01/09/2017 13:34
The Class of 1977 will be holding their 40th reunion from October 6-8, 2017 in San Diego, California. Please contact Sarah Kaye Lee- for more details.
Posted 12/07/2016 08:13

Greetings from the Falcon's Nest!

1) Message from the Alumni Office

Dear Alumni and Friends of Canadian Academy,

November was busy as our students participated in Asia Pacific Activities Conferences. We hosted a dance conference while our orchestra and choir traveled to schools in Shanghai. As our winter break fast approaches we will have a number of winter concerts by the high school and middle school students.

2017 looks to be a very social year. A number of reunions are being planned. We will also be hosting our second annual Shinnenkai on January 14. March 4 will be the Black and White Gala. Please see below for further details on these events. Alumni and friends of CA are invited to all events.

As always for the latest news about CA please visit our website:

As the end of the year fast approaches we want to wish you all the best in the New Year!

Bob Hengal
Director of Alumni Relations

2) Black and White Gala: Celebrating Community, Rewarding Relationships
The CA community will be holding a gala on March 4, 2017 at the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, drink, dance and a silent auction. Please check out our website in the new year for more details.

3) Shinnenkai 2017
We will be hosting our second annual New Year's gathering on Saturday, January 14 from 7:30 PM in the P&G Black Box Theater. Alumni and their families are welcome to attend. Admission is free which includes snacks and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Baby sitting for children 5 and above will be provided from 7:30--10:30. Hope to see you there!


Class of 1967 Planning for 50th Anniversary Reunion
The Canadian Academy Class of '67 is pleased to announce plans for our 50th Anniversary Reunion during the weekend of May 12-14, 2017. The gathering will be based at Motoko Taniguchi Deane’s home in Cohasset, Massachusetts (USA) near Boston.

Reunion committee members Motoko, Beth Cary, Jackie Matthews, and Mike Carr have already surveyed the class for ideas and continue to work out details for the reunion weekend. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Senior Class President Mike Carr leads the committee and is the “point person” to contact regarding your own participation. Classmates—please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with Mike (

Teachers, members of the Classes of ’66 and ’68, and other CA friends from the era are encouraged to join us for what we expect to be a fun and memorable weekend.

Class of 1992 Planning for 25th Anniversary Reunion
The Class of 1992 is planning their 25th reunion in 2017. You can visit their facebook page or contact Rhona Pearson Jacquand for more details.

Class of 2007 Planning for 10th Anniversary Reunion
Class of 2007 is planning their 10th reunion for June 9--11, 2017 in Kobe. For more details please contact Lillian Madrigal.

5) The CA Reader
The CA Reader is a place to share books, articles or essays about CA, its graduates, its history and the lives of the CA community over the years. You can check it out here. Please feel free to add to the list. You will need to login into the Alumni Portal. If you need a password please contact the Alumni Office.

6) The CA REVIEW available online
The latest edition of the CA REVIEW Fall 2016 is now available online. You can view the REVIEW here. The REVIEW is in the alumni portal which requires a username and password. Recent graduates can use their CA username and password to access the alumni portal. If you need a username and password please contact the alumni office giving your name and years at CA.

7) Merit Scholarship for Grades 8-12
We know how much you treasure your memories of Canadian Academy.  The alumni stories we heard during our Centennial Celebration weekend all testified to the enduring value of the CA experience for students. Indeed, it would seem that in many cases, these experiences were life-transforming. So I ask you, given the opportunity, wouldn't you like to help another generation of students benefit from the CA experience as well?

That opportunity is here now.  CA continues its Merit Scholarship program for new students.  Based on merit, scholarships of up to ¥600,000 will be awarded to a limited number of highly deserving new students in Grades 8 to 12. This year three students benefited from full or partial scholarships in part due to the generosity of our community. However, we were unable to fulfill all requests due to limited funds.

To be considered for a CA Merit Scholarship, student applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Excellence demonstrated in previous academic classes or in such areas as the arts, sports, or service
  • Willingness to contribute this talent to the life of the school, as evidenced by a personal written statement
  • Successful personal interview with CA admissions and scholarship personnel
  • Outstanding letters of recommendation from previous teachers, administrators, and others
  • Exemplary record of behavior
  • For more information or to apply for this scholarship please visit here.

CA alumni can support these highly deserving students by donating to the Endowment Fund, designating the CA Merit-based Scholarship program. All donations are eligible for tax deduction in Japan and the United States. Please visit here or contact for further information.

To learn more, please contact Mr. Rob Smailes, CA Director of Admissions and Community Relations.

8) CA History Book and Film Available Online
You can view both CA's centennial film: Together the Story of Canadian Academy and the CA history book: Canadian Academy: A Century of Inspiration by going to our history page here.

9) Upcoming Events at CA
January 2017
Alumni in Residence
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (Reilly) '88 will be our second alumni in residence. Lisa will be working with students in the elementary and secondary schools. 

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a TV writer, author and journalist. She has written TV drama pilots for CBS, A&E and Warner Bros. Previously, she worked as a staff writer and foreign correspondent for TIME magazine. She has published two books: Pastors’ Wives (Plume/Penguin, 2013) and Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death (HarperCollins, 2006). Her bylines have appeared in The New York Times, Money, Boston Globe, Washington Post and Bon Appetit. Lisa lives in New Jersey with her family. Please visit Lisa on Twitter @lisacullen and at

February 2017
Google Apps for Education Summit 
Building on the success of the last two years, this conference focuses on excellent teaching practices, innovative ideas and supporting a diversity of student learning needs and experiences with educational technologies.

April 8-10
Dr. Ron Ritchhart: Cultures of Thinking
Harvard's Project Zero guru, Ron Ritchhart, will be here for an energizing Spring workshop, aimed at helping us develop Cultures of Thinking through thoughtful learning practices and creating powerful learning opportunities for all.

10) Class Representatives
Do you know who your class representative is? If not, check here and make sure to update your email with them so that they can keep you informed about the latest alumni happenings.

11) Support CA!
As with previous generations of the CA community, it is imperative that we continue the commitment to providing the wonderful opportunities that have existed at CA over 100 years.  We welcome your support as CA alumni and encourage you to donate now here. Please remember that you can support CA in non-monetary ways as well. We are always looking to enrich our school through guest speakers. If you live in the Kobe area or are going to be visiting and would like to share your experiences with our students, please contact the Alumni Office.

Posted 11/27/2016 11:52
The Class of 1992 is planning their 25th reunion in 2017. You can visit their facebook page or contact Rhona Pearson Jacquand for more details.
Posted 11/27/2016 11:47
Class of 2007 is planning their 10th reunion for June 9--11, 2017 in Kobe. For more details please contact Lillian Madrigal.
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