"KAKEHASHI Project" Higashi Maizuru High School (Kyoto) / Nishiotokuni Senior High School (Kyoto)

Dispatch in January 2014

Group 3 (High School and Technical College Students)
Higashi Maizuru High School (Kyoto) / Nishiotokuni Senior High School (Kyoto)

Period:January 12 - 25
Local Visit Destination:Harvest Christian Academy (Guam)
Number of Participants: 25 (Higashi Maizuru High School: 13, Nishiotokuni Senior High School: 12)

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Arrival at Los Angeles International Airport
Arrival at Los Angeles International Airport

Photo of Orientation in the U.S. (Presentation practice) 1
Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation practice)

Photo of Orientation in the U.S. (Presentation practice) 2
Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation practice)

Photo of School exchange at University of California, Los Angeles (Presentation)
School exchange at University of California, Los Angeles
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at University of California, Los Angeles
School exchange at University of California, Los Angeles

Photo of School exchange at Esperanza High School  (Presentation)
School exchange at Esperanza High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Esperanza High School
School exchange at Esperanza High School

Photo of Community event at Rice University  (Presentation) 1
Community event at Rice University
(Presentation)

Photo of Community event at Rice University  (Presentation) 2
Community event at Rice University
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Harvest Cristian Academy (Presentation)
School exchange at Harvest Cristian Academy
(Presentation)

Photo of Return to Narita International Airport 1
Return to Narita International Airport

Photo of Return to Narita International Airport 2
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.?

  • We had a united effort to make a presentation with a great attention to detail and started practicing early. We believe we were able to introduce charms of Maizuru city and Japan effectively. I was very happy to see a lot of people enjoying our Soran-Bushi performance, which was the climax of our presentation. We had an emotional bond beyond nationality.
  • I enjoyed the school exchange program the most. It was a great experience to interact with the students of the same age. This experience changed how I see the world.

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

  • If possible, I would like to hold a debrief session for students who are interested in studying abroad. I would like to encourage people, especially students, who do not have courage to study abroad and have a difficulty in imagining how it is like by sharing my experiences: what I enjoyed, what I leaned and what I found difficult. Above all, I would like to tell them the importance of taking on a challenge.
  • Although I was not good at speaking English, I managed to communicate with gestures. From my experience, I would like to tell people the joy of interacting with foreign people and tips for it.

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

  • Through communication with people in the U.S., I learned new vocabularies and expressions as well as their positive attitude. I also learned the joy and importance of communicating with people. I was not good at English, but I tried to work hard during the program. From now on, I will communicate with the people more actively and work hard to become a globally active person in the future.
  • I am happy and proud to have participated in this project. The KAKEHASHI Project let me have a lot of experiences and changed how I see the world. It also helps me clarify my future goal. I will make good use of this experience and will study harder.
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The Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau
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