His sister died in Japan’s tsunami. Now this Va. man is living out her mission.

YAMATOTAKADA, Japan — Standing in front of the blackboard, Jeffrey Anderson began a class about Halloween by explaining the spooky creatures very carefully and slowly: skeleton, witch, werewolf and mummy.

The high school students looked on silently in what could have been complete incomprehension or, alternatively, absolute comprehension. It was difficult to tell.

Using sweeping hand gestures and occasionally asking his colleague to chip in with translation, “Jeff sensei” then urged the teenagers to stand up and use the new additions to their English vocabulary.

This Washington Post article is related to the TOMODACHI Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund (TAMF) Research Exchange Program and Mr. Andy Anderson's speaking role in the 2015 USJC Annual Conference. Click here to read the rest of this article on The Washington Post website.