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Tanabata – Also known as the Weaver’s Festival or the Star Festival, Tanabata is held annually on July 7th, or the seventh night of the seventh moon, according to the Japanese lunisolar calendar.  Thought to have origins in the Chinese Qixi Festival, Tanabata celebrates the once-a-year meeting between the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi (the Weaver Princess ... Read More

Children’s Day in Japan

The 5th day of the 5th month is a special day in Japan, kodomo no hi, or Children’s Day! This is a special holiday to celebrate, you guessed it, the wonderful children in our lives. There is even a special Google Doodle for today, check it out! The main symbol of the holiday is koinobori, large kites in the ... Read More


[facebook id=”471322139735658″] “Ganbare! Ganbare! Ganbare!” You hear it shouted over and over again in the video. In Japan will hear it from friends, neighbors, classmates, and parents. You will see it on signs, buttons, and bumper stickers. It is an important expression, and exemplifies a crucial aspect of Japanese culture–the insistence that you never give up. “Ganbare” is ... Read More

Brains Grow at JAMS

Are you right-brained or left-brained? Do you prefer art over math, or understand music better than language? Why not both? Normally when we do mathematical calculations we use the left hemisphere of our brain. However, researcher Kimiko Kawano found that advanced abacus users use the right side of their brains when calculating! Why does this happen? These ... Read More

Why JAMS Matters

  “We are fortunate to have discovered JAMS, and grateful to Miwako Sensei, who instills discipline and motivation in her pupils.” -Karen C., Parent You may think JAMS is just about learning the abacus, but we are about so much more! It is Sensei Miwako’s goal to help develop the whole child. JAMS encourages and fosters: Confidence Our students ... Read More

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From Our Parents & Students...

At the age of 71, Abacus has been very difficult for me and I’ve struggled with learning a new way of doing math. Without the patience and the enthusiasm that Miwako is always showing me, I would have quit a long time ago. I also saw the result that devotion in teaching some of the High Schoolers who come, who continue working with her and who have become very skillful in math. My grandson Paolo’s regular teacher thinks that his math has improved greatly since he began taking Abacus classes a year and half ago, at the age of 8! -- Chantal Wyatt

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