Toshi Baily Shares Value of Princeton Education at Koishikawa High School Event

Princeton Club of Japan co-Alumni Schools Committee Chair Walter Toshi Baily gave a talk about overseas U.S. universities last week at Koishikawa High School in Tokyo.  Koishikawa is a strong co-ed public school located in Bunkyo ward Tokyo and Toshi gave the keynote speech on the topic of "Learning How to Think for Yourself through Studying Abroad."  The audience was more than double the size expected with 120 students and parents coming on a Saturday morning.  Toshi talked for about 35 minutes on how Princeton deeply impacted him and taught him to come up with original ideas through its focus on independent research.  Toshi explained how he viewed original thinking as something that can be taught through repeated attempts at independent research and how Princeton's junior paper and senior thesis really changed him and ultimately motivated him to pursue graduate school in economics.  Toshi also participated on a panel discussion with the alumni representative for Columbia University and with two 2019 Koishikawa graduates who are headed to the U.S. for college.  The event lasted about 2 hours. The mood was fantastic, everybody was extremely cordial and the panelist all receive a lot of questions from the audience. 

Koishikawa High School summarized the event in link below:

Masakazu (Max) Tsumuraya *81 Receives Alumni Council Award for Service

Congratulations to Masakazu (Max) Tsumuraya *81 for leading the Princeton Club of Japan for the last 25 years!  Last year Max stepped down from his position and a new group of club leadership has stepped up to fill his huge shoes.  Ganbarimasu!

During 2019 Princeton reunions, Max was awarded the prestigious Alumni Council Award for Service to Princeton.  The award was presented by Alumni Chair, Mrs. Jennifer Daniels ‘93, from the Alumni Council of Princeton University and included the crystal model of a tiger which is an apt award for a model Princeton Tiger!  Three tiger cheers to you Max!

Princeton Club of Japan Kansai Alumni Gathering

On June 1, 2019 in Kyoto, the Princeton Club of Japan Kansai alumni had a social get together.  It was fantastic to see the Osaka and Kyoto alumni enthusiasm and Princeton Tiger spirit!  There was a good mix of undergraduate, graduate, and even a current East Asian Studies Professor who was researching for his field in Kansai.  Maido Okini Tigers!


Princeton Club of Japan Cleans: Taking Ownership to Deliver a Sustainable Environment (Arakawa Riverbank Cleanup)

May 26, 2019


On behalf of the Princeton Club of Japan Organizing Committee, we’d like to thank all the folks who came out on a beautiful Sunday morning to participate in our inaugural #PrincetonCleans community service event. 

As you can see in our group photo, we had a great mix of undergrad and graduate Alums as well as large representation of spouses and offspring. 

Thanks to the meticulous record keeping of the Arakawa Clean Aid support staff, we can report the achievement of 16 bags of burnables, 1 bag of non-burnables, 2 bags of pet bottles, 1 bag of glass, and 2 bags of cans. While we can applaud the effort of this significant amount of trash collected in a bit under an hour, it also serves as a reminder as to why we held this event in the first place- There is a whole lotta garbage out there in need of cleaning.


New admits reception event April 6, 2019 Recap

Thank you Tigers!  You were a big help in meeting the newly admitted Japan students for the class of 2023 and making them feel welcome.  Everyone looked very stylish in Old Nassau orange and black!  It was so fascinating to hear what you are doing in Japan.  Go Tigers!


Hanami Event March 31, 2019 Event Recap

Arigatou gozaimasu to all the Princeton Japan Alumni who came out in huge numbers to attend the Hanami flower viewing event on March 31st! It was such a fabulous afternoon catching up with you and hearing your stories about life in the Big Mikan Tokyo! Here are a few highlights of the picnic with other peer schools.


Princeton Club of Japan Joins Kai Shibuya ’14 for Concert

On February 3rd 2019, Kai Shibuya ’14 performed in Ensemble Franc’s 2019 Winter Concert conducted by Yuri Nitta and featuring oboe soloist Janne Korhonen of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. Several Princeton Club of Japan members joined in the audience to show support. The concert, programmed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan, featured pieces from the baroque, Romantic, and 20th century eras. The energetic nature of Tryptique by Yasushi Akutagawa was especially well received by the audience.

Kai joined Ensemble Franc in 2015 after hearing about them from Hidekazu Oki ’00, a long-time supporter of Franc who heard about them from Sydnie Reed ‘07, who used to play violin in the group. Kai and Sydnie have never actually met each other in person, and this unconventional way of joining Ensemble Franc continues to be a point of interest within the group.

Ensemble Franc ( is looking for new members! If there are any Princeton Club of Japan members who are interested in joining Ensemble Franc, please contact Kai at

Maria di Visser (friend of Princeton), Max Yeh '91, Kai Shibuya '14, Ed Rogers '87, Hidekazu Oki '00

Maria di Visser (friend of Princeton), Max Yeh '91, Kai Shibuya '14, Ed Rogers '87, Hidekazu Oki '00

2nd violin section

2nd violin section

Princeton (Japan alumni schools committee) at Kaisei High presentation

Kaisei High School in Tokyo held a session on December 15, 2018 for their students and parent and invited Princeton, Bates, Columbia, Dartmouth, Wesleyan and Yale to talk.  Toshi Walter Baily ’92 presented and lead the effort for Princeton.  The session was well attended with around 100 students and parents.  Toshi’s talk focused on how Princeton is unique among top research universities in extensively focusing significant energy on undergraduate education.  Toshi and other Princeton Club of Japan members hosted a booth session afterwards where they could talk to parents and students one on one.


Photos of event:

Princeton Club of Japan Bonenkai (Japanese end of year social) December 15, 2018 Slainte Ebisu EVENT RECAP

On December 15, 2018, the Princeton Club of Japan hosted another successful gathering of our Japan based alumni.  The event was the club’s annual Japan bonenkai (end of year thanks party) and was held at Slainte Ebisu.  It turned out to be a great night because we were able to attract many first-time alumni and their continued active support is critical for the ongoing success of the club.  Class years 1970 through 2018 were represented with a nice sized crowd filling the room with vibrant conversations about their time at Princeton.  20% of attendees were the age 30 years and younger which was great!

Photos of the event

 The evening was generally spent enjoying good food and free-flowing beverages, socializing and business networking.  Newly appointed Japan club President Ed Rogers ‘87 gave his presentation about the club’s new officer leadership and it’s goals to build a well run organized alumni regional club with high alumni visibility serving the needs and interests of Princeton University alumni based in Japan.  Many events are being planned for 2019 ranging from large group community service projects to small sized discussion groups on Japanese everyday life topics alumni face living in Japan.

Top in US News university rankings, again!

Congratulations to Princeton University for topping the 2019 rankings at US News and World Report! In addition to snagging the top spot among undergraduate programs, Princeton came in at #1 in “Best Value Schools” with particular praise for Princeton’s exceptional no-loan financial aid policy. Brava!

New Princeton Freshman Blog in Japanese

When talking to prospective students in Japan about life at Princeton, it's not easy to recommend relevant, first-person accounts written in Japanese. There just aren't that many of them.

A new Japanese-language blog by nine Princeton freshman, however, offers a great new resource for students who want to learn more about Princeton.

In a post from December 18,  club members describe their basic aim: to raise awareness of Princeton and the Princeton name in Japan.

There's also a Facebook Group for prospective students who want another way to connect.

Be sure to check it out -- and recommend it to anyone who in Japan who wants to know more about Princeton.

Princeton Club of Japan Joins 34 Regional Clubs in 2014 Global Netnight

For the first time ever, the Princeton Club of Japan joined 34 other regional clubs and associations for the 2014 Global NetNight, which took place last Tuesday.

Tigers discuss.

Tigers discuss.

Princeton University alumni NetNights are in-person networking events for Tigers who are looking to build their professional networks. Every year, Princeton University also sponsors a day — Global NetNight — for regional associations to coordinate these events in countries and cities all over the world.

The Princeton Club of Japan took part in Global NetNight for the first time this year.

The Princeton Club of Japan took part in Global NetNight for the first time this year.

The theme of this year’s event was was Mentoring and Beyond: Developing Long-term Professional Relationships. The Princeton Club of Japan used this topic as a springboard to discuss a number of issues related to networking, particularly within companies or organizations in which Tigers are already working.

Looking forward to 2015.

Looking forward to 2015.

Looking forward to 2015.

Kaisei Fair Attracts over 700

We wanted to give a big shout out to those who participated in the Kaisei Academy College Fair on Saturday July 6, 2013. The fair was a huge success and was attended by over 700 people from Kaisei, including students and parents. The fair showcased 8 global universities: Princeton, Harvard, Cal Tech, Amherst, the French Government (representing French Universities), Hong Kong University, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Wesleyan. It was a great opportunity to introduce Kaisei to the benefits of going to college abroad and to tell students about how Princeton combines the best offerings of a research university with a college that puts a strong focus on undergraduate education. Kaisei Academy is viewed by many as one of the leading high schools in Japan, with 200 of its 400 graduates going on to Tokyo University, which is widely recognized as the leading university in Japan. Tokyo University graduates have consistently gone on to become political, business and social leaders in Japan.

The fair was broken into two parts. The first part was held in an auditorium seating over 700 including Kaisei students, parents, teachers and members of the media. Yanagisawa-san, the head of Kaisei, gave an introductory speech while Masahiro Fukuhara of IGS talked about the merits of studying abroad. A representative from each college then gave a short talk about their university and what made them unique. Toshi Baily spoke on behalf of Princeton emphasizing how Princeton is not only a top research institution, but also a school which teaches undergraduates the ability to ask important questions through original independent research. Toshi emphasized how education up until high school can often be more about answering questions posed by others, but how at Princeton, students are encouraged to build their ability to ask the important questions through close work with their advisors and other professors.

In the second part, each school was assigned a classroom to introduce their school in more depth. Each school did three 30-minute sessions so that students and parents could attend more than one school’s presentation. We passed out materials kindly provided to us from the Princeton Admissions Office and played videos from the Admissions’ website, and each of the four Princeton Alumni — Hidekazu Oki, Peyton Bowman, Ahn Nguyen and Toshi Baily, gave a brief talk about their experience at Princeton. Each Alum talked about what made Princeton a special experience for them — whether it was interaction with classmates or Professors. Princeton’s sessions were packed each time with some parents standing outside the room listening in. One of the teachers afterwards jokingly said that he “could not get into the Princeton classroom without a crowbar.” Students and parents asked many questions such as how to pay for Princeton or would their children come back to Japan after Princeton. Kaisei teachers held a thank you session for the college alums afterwards and we talked about many issues including how Japan can send more students abroad.

Ed Rogers, Chair of the Japan Alumni Schools Committee, and Toshi Baily first met with Yanagisawa-san, the head of Kaisei, in December 2012 and suggested introducing Kaisei students to Princeton. Yanagisawa-san, a former professor at Harvard and Tokyo University, is regarded by many as a thought leader in Japanese education. Yanagisawa-san liked our idea, but also suggested inviting more colleges and making it into a broader college fair. Our idea then progressed to become one of the biggest events held by Kaisei. Yanagisawa-san was excited by this first step and said that he was grateful that Princeton approached him with this idea.

Again, special thanks to the following alums for their great help at the Fair!

Hidekazu Oki
Peyton Bowman
Ahn Nguyen
Toshi Baily

Also a huge thank you to Ed Rogers for helping initiate this whole discussion, talking with Yanagisawa-san and coordinating with the Admissions office.

All in all, a fantastic outcome and a great thank you to all involved. It was a lot of fun and served a noble cause. We look forward to working with you more in the future.

Please note that if Princeton Alumni would like to help get great students from Japan to attend Old Nassau, Ed Rogers always welcomes volunteers to help with interviews in Japan!

Tidbits on Tigers & Japan

This post lists miscellaneous fun facts on Tigers & Japan. Interesting story of your own? Send in your fun fact(s) to the Webmaster Princeton Club of Japan! (TigetNetID: mei)

Tidbit 1: Tobu Animal Park

Tidbit 2: Tigers in some famous Japanese paintings

Tidbit 3: Toraya

Tidbit 4: Toranomon District in Tokyo

Tidbit 5: The top-ranking result for the query “Tiger, Japan”

Tidbit 1: Tobu Dobutsu Koen (or Tobu Animal Park) in Saitama Prefecture (next to Tokyo) features three elegant white tigers.

The trio – Ryo, Rocky and Maple – live in a glass “water palace” with a small swimming pool built exclusively to showcase these beautiful animals in the zoo’s Cat World section. White tigers are not a special breed; they are orange Bengal Tigers with pink noses and paw pads, pale blue, green or amber eyes, and white/cream colored fur with black, brown or gray stripes. There are only an estimated 200 white tigers in the world of which Japan is said to be home to 23.

For more information on these white tigers and the Tobu animal park, go to: Website)




Tidbit 2: Tigers in some famous Japanese paintings appear in unnatural poses which are more typical of cats. Why? (See, e.g., works by artists from the Kano school commissioned by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.)

Tigers are not native to Japan, however, artists from the Kano school were commissioned by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to depict these magnificent creatures (along with leopards) to adorn the walls in Nijo Castle in Kyoto (the location of Japan’s Capital at the time). These artist had to rely on on the lore of adventurers who had traveled to China and animal hides brought back by traders. Since Tigers were described as gigantic cat-like creatures, the artists painted what looked like over-sized cats with stripes. This is the explanation given for depictions of tigers in some unnaturally cute and cuddly poses typical of domesticated cats.

More information on Nijo Castle (Nijojo) is available from the JNTOjapan-guide.comKyoto University or other travel sites.

Large reception room of Nijo Castle features pine trees and storks (symbols of longevity

Large reception room of Nijo Castle features pine trees and storks (symbols of longevity

Tidbit 3: Toraya

One of the oldest makers of traditional Japanese confectionery is Toraya, whose name literally means “Tiger Store”. The precise date of its establishment is unknown. However, the earliest records of its existence date back to the 1600′s when Enchu Kurokawa is believed to have founded a famous confectionery business in Kyoto. Toraya has been supplying delicacies to the Imperial family as far back as this period.

Note: Since my sister and I both attended Princeton, my mother always saves the beautiful black boxes and gift bags with gold tigers from Toraya.

Tidbit 4: The Toranomon district in Tokyo is named after the southernmost gate of Edo Castle – known as the “Tiger’s Gate”; Edo is the former name of Tokyo.

Edo Castle (Edo-jo) was built in 1457 by Ota Dokan. It served as the residence for Tokugawa Ieyasu as well as the military capital for the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period (1457-1868). Only some portions of the original castle remain to this day. Since the Meiji restoration it is serving as the residence of the Imperial Palace, but its scope and scale have been reduced significantly. During its heyday, the castle grounds included areas surrounding Tokyo Station, the Marunouchi area, Kitanomaru Park and Nippon Budokan Hall.

Tidbit 5: The top-ranking result using the query “Tiger, Japan” in major search engines is the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.

Founded in December of 1935, the Osaka Tigers is among the oldest professional clubs in Japan. They changed their name to Hanshin Tigers in 1940 due to anti-foreign sentiment, but changed back to Osaka Tigers in 1947. In 1961, the team (once again) assumed their current name Hanshin Tigers. This highly intelligent team definitely knows how to keep an important noun in their name. In another stroke of genius, they chose to have as their sister team in the US, none other than the Detroit Tigers. For further info visit their homepage (in Japanese):

Disclaimer: The information on this page is contributed as an informal guide. It may not be entirely accurate or may be out-of-date and is neither endorsed by the Princeton Club of Japan nor the University (and Alumni Association).