Graduate news

Name: Naomi Iwazawa (SIS graduating class of 2014)

University: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Naomi Iwazawa is a graduate of SIS and a current undergraduate at Waseda University, Tokyo. She is also the founder of Culmony, an NGO that promotes cross-cultural understanding for young children in elementary school. Using her own experiences as a source of inspiration, Naomi started Culmony, which derives its name from the words “culture” and “harmony” to promote mutual respect and coexistence. She was recently invited to speak at the One Young World summit in Ottawa, Canada, and her presentation on tolerance in Japanese society and schools can be viewed through the YouTube link below:


Name: Junna Hagiwara (OIS graduating class of 2014)

University: University of British Colombia

Junna has continued her commitment towards serving the community and pursuing social justice by joining the University of British Colombia's Civil Liberties Association as a volunteer. She is majoring in International Relations with a focus on Gender Race Sexuality and Social Justice. At OIS she organised and raised funds for two volunteer trips to Tohoku after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Her continued concern for less fortunate and marginalised people led her to volunteer for the university's association. After graduation, Junna hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Education to become a teacher.


Name: Lisa Ueda (OIS graduating class of 2005)

University: Royal Academy of Music, London UK

Professional musician and OIS graduate Lisa Ueda visited the school earlier this year to conduct a master class for our strings ensemble students. She talked about her 14 years at OIS, her time at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and her career as a violinist. Lisa was in Japan to perform some concerts in Kyoto.

You can follow her career here:


Facebook: LisaUedaViolin

Twitter: LisaUeda

Instagram: lisauedaviolin

YouTube: UCfPsbS6qSV8dwBWAsFzcoDA

and listen to a podcast interview with our OIS Head, Bill Kralovec, here:



Name: Jyongri (OIS graduating class of 2005)

University: Berklee College of Music and Waseda University, Tokyo

The other day while driving over to the Kwansei Gakuin campus, the leadership team heard a song by OIS alumna, Jyongri come on the radio. She graduated in 2005 and went on to become a pop star in Japan. She has been a recording artist and songwriter, living in Tokyo since her debut single, “Possession – My All For You” reached #16 in 2006. Her songs have also been featured on many television programs ending themes.

Our school has one of the best music programs in the world for international schools and Jyongri is one of the many examples of the talented musicians that have studied at SOIS. She was a highlight of the 20th anniversary celebration of the school five years ago, as part of the community performances. Whether it be popular music or classical or even traditional, the talented students and graduates of SOIS continue to make their mark in the world of music. We wish her continued success in her career and are looking forward to hearing her next release.

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