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American School in Japan (Japan)

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This is our Team
Our city: Tokyo
Our country: Japan
Our longitude is: 35° 41'
Our latiude is: 139° 46'

We wear these clothes: Western-style clothing is the most typical kind of dress in Japan and that is what most people wear in daily life. Some Japanese people still wear traditional clothing like a Kimono, a kind of robe. In school, a sailor-type of uniform is worn.

We eat these foods: In Japan, rice and noodles are very important to Japanese diets and are combined with dishes made from meat, fish, tofu, or vegetables. Japan is also an island nation and eating seafood is very common and it's delicious! Instead of using forks, we use chopsticks.

We practice these religions: Most people follow Shintoism and Buddhism here in Japan, but many people adhere to practices from both religions. Shinto means "the way of the gods," making it a polytheistic religion that is practiced mainly in Japan and not really anywhere else. The government grants religious freedom to all though, and you can anything you choose to be! Some Japanese people even practice Islam and Christianity.

We speak these languages: Japanese is the official language of Japan with over 120 million of Japan's residents speaking it. The language is also the sixth most spoken in the world, and is special because there are not many people outside of Japan that speak it.

These animals live in our area: Japan is home to the usual animals that you might find anywhere. Squirrels, foxes, bears, raccoons, and dog are all found in Japan. A very special species is Japanese Macaque, which are monkeys native to Japan.

These industries support our local economy: Tokyo is a major financial center and there are many insurance companies and investment banks. It is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. The stock exchange is second in size only to the United States and Japan is one of the biggest economic powers in the World.

We use these types of transportation: The rail system is the best way to get around in Japan and trains always arrive on time, which is great if you need to get somewhere quickly and timely! One special kind of rail system is the "Shinkansen," which is a network of high speed trains that are also known as the "bullet trains."


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Akimoto-san
Age:54
Religion:Buddhist
Resident:Tokyo, Japan
Photographer:Lima Kondo
This man has lived in Japan his entire life. Every morning he wakes up at 6:30 and begins his day by sweeping the streets and vicinity of Aoyama Mansions. Unlike most people who have the same job as he does, Akimoto-san describes the quiet solitary mornings as relaxing and refreshing. He enjoys greeting the people that pass him on their way to work and school, explaining that his previous job- working in an office cubicle for long hours- did not enable him to socialize and make friends as he does in this new one.

One thing that makes Akimoto-san especially happy is when he overhears people talking about how clean and well kept this neighborhood is. He likes to think that he has contributed to the area and its reputation for being an extremely nice place to live, and the compliments motivate him to keep up the good work and take care not to get sick.

It is not surprising that Akimoto-san dislikes crows with a passion. Their constant ripping apart of plastic bags and leaving a mess of trash mean more work for him and less time to do the many other things required of him during the course of the day. On his last birthday, his family and friends got him an alarm clock which had a crow call for its alarm as a joke.

I appreciate this man because he works behind the scenes to maintain the neighborhood for everyone else. He work often goes unrecognized, and I saw this 100-people-project as the perfect opportunity to thank him for what he does.

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