"KAKEHASHI Project" Kobe City College of Technology (Hyogo)

Dispatch in January 2014

Group 3 (High School and Technical College Students)
Kobe City College of Technology (Hyogo)

Period:January 12 - 25
Local Visit Destination:Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (Minnesota)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in Tokyo (Presentation practice)
Orientation in Tokyo
(Presentation practice)

Photo of The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)

Photo of Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Learning about U.S. history and culture)
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
(Learning about U.S. history and culture)

Photo of Orientation in the U.S. (English lesson)
Orientation in the U.S.
(English lesson)

Photo of School exchange at University of Southern California (Presentation)
School exchange at University of Southern California
(Presentation)

Photo of Reception at Japanese American National Museum
Reception at Japanese American National Museum

Photo of School exchange at Robert Frost Junior High School (Presentation)
School exchange at Robert Frost Junior High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Robert Frost Junior High School
School exchange at Robert Frost Junior High School

Photo of Space Center Houston (Learning about U.S. cutting-edge technology and industry)
Space Center Houston
(Learning about U.S. cutting-edge technology and industry)

Photo of Community event at Rice University (Presentation)
Community event at Rice University
(Presentation)

Photo of Meeting the host family
Meeting the host family

Photo of School exchange at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
School exchange at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School

Photo of Return to Narita International Airport
Return to Narita International Airport

Voices from Participants

1. What impressed you most in this experience of promoting the charms of Japan in the U.S.?

  • During our presentations, I was happy to see the audience showed their interest in getting to know about Japan, and this made me realize that I need to learn about other countries in turn. We prepared the presentations by ourselves without using difficult words so that the audience could easily understand. This was a valuable experience for us.
  • I realized that Japanese culture and anime are highly valued abroad. I would like people abroad to know about not only Japanese anime but also our strength and technology that I’m learning at school. I need to study hard to deepen understanding of my own country and improve English skills in order to express my thoughts to them.

2. What would you like to pass on to people in your community and school after you return to Japan?

  • I discovered friendliness and sociability of people in the U.S. and rediscovered kindness and hospitality of the Japanese. I would like to tell people about the beauty of Japan.
  • I would like to tell people how hard the students in the U.S. study and eagerly do club activities. There are more subjects taught at school in the U.S. than in Japan, and I particularly remarked that the attitude of students in the class is totally different from us. They try to gain knowledge keenly and listen to their teachers carefully. I think we should learn from this attitude in order for us to lead the next generation.

3. Please freely describe your experience in the KAKEHASHI Project.

  • I am very grateful to my host family for their kindness and hospitality, and appreciated the bond with the people in many situations. After returning to Japan, I made me feel that I had been supported by my family, senior students, friends and many other people but I never thought about it before. I thank all the people who have been supporting me. From this experience, I would like to build a bridge between people.
  • During the project, I came across a lot of difficulties: presentation practices, the actual presentation, language barriers and foods I was not familiar with. But all of these became good experiences to me. I am very grateful to the project staff. I will study English harder to play an active role globally and would like to contribute to the world as well as to Japan.

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau
TEL : +81-(0)3-5369-6022 FAX : +81-(0)3-5369-6042
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