"KAKEHASHI Project" Odate Homei Senior High School (Akita)

Dispatch in January 2014

Group 3 (High School and Technical College Students)
Odate Homei Senior High School (Akita)

Period:January 12 - 25
Local Visit Destination:Rampart High School (Colorado)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in Tokyo
Orientation in Tokyo

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

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. (Presentation practice)
Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation practice)

Photo of School exchange at Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies (Presenting Chorus)
School exchange at Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies
(Presenting Chorus)

Photo of School exchange at Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies
School exchange at Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies

Photo of Reception at Japanese American National Museum
(Presentation)
Reception at Japanese American National Museum
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Mount Saint Mary’s College
School exchange at Mount Saint Mary’s College

Photo of Meeting the host family
Meeting the host family

Photo of United States Air Force Academy
United States Air Force Academy

Photo of Community event (Presentation)
Community event
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Rampart High School (Participation in a class)
School exchange at Rampart High School
(Participation in a class)

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.?

  • The presentation at the reception, which was attended by many people including the Consul General of Los Angeles, was a valuable experience for me. The audience frequently nodded while they were listening and this made me feel that they understood us. This gave me a feeling of accomplishment and courage to speak English in front of a lot of people.
  • What I found out by making a presentation to the high school students of my age was that they are very interested in Japanese anime and manga. Of course, Japanese traditional festivals and Kimono are a part of the Japanese culture, but I believe anime and manga like ours do not exist in other countries. I hope I can introduce this kind of culture to other countries more in the future.

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

  • I would like to tell people that visiting a foreign country is the best way to understand its culture. Also, by visiting there we can discover its new charm. Having an interest in not only Japan but also other countries is very important and also enjoyable. I would like to let people know that discovering a new thing is a pleasure and may even change your value.
  • I would like to let people know the importance of having their own opinion and sharing it. I will make use of my experience through this project and participate in class more actively by sharing my own opinion.

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

  • This project has broadened my perspective for the future and this encourages me to improve my English skills and visit the U.S. again. I believe the friends I made through this project will be my lifetime friends. I am really glad to have participated in this wonderful project. It was very productive two weeks. I will make effort to make use of what I have experienced through the project in the future.
  • It was very difficult to communicate with people beyond the language barrier in and cultural difference. However this experience made me discover the importance and enjoyment of sharing my words. I could not tell exactly what I wanted to say, so I would like to study English more and visit my host family again to tell them what I could not say during my stay in the U.S.

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau
TEL : +81-(0)3-5369-6022 FAX : +81-(0)3-5369-6042
infokakehashi@jpf.go.jp
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