"KAKEHASHI Project" Chiba University (Chiba Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 4 (University Students)
Chiba University (Chiba Pref.)

Period:March 2 - 15, 2014
Local Visit Destination:Rice University (Texas)
Number of Participants: 24

Tour Photo Album

Photo taken in New York
Arrival in New York

Photo taken in New York City
New York City

Photo taken at Baruch College, The City University of New York
University exchange at Baruch College, The City University of New York
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 1
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 2
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Participating in a Japanese language class)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 3
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 4
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 5
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Social event)

Photo taken at Hunter College, The City University of New York 6
University exchange at Hunter College, The City University of New York
(Social event)

Photo taken at Houston City Hall
Houston City Hall
(Courtesy call)

Photo taken at Rice University 1
University exchange at Rice University
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at Rice University 2
University exchange at Rice University
(Presentation)

Voices from Participants

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

  • My most memorable moment was when one of the U.S. students said he would like to know more about Japan and visit our country after our presentation.
  • During the discussion that followed our presentations, we tried to speak to the U.S. students in English and they tried to speak to us in Japanese. I thought that was remarkable. It showed that students of both countries were interested in each other's culture and language and were making a genuine effort to understand each other.

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 others that you can communicate with people even if you do not speak their language; all you need is a smile.
  • I hope to share with others the importance of voicing your thoughts and taking an interest in your own surroundings and your own corner of the world. As society develops and our social environment becomes increasingly diverse, it will be critical for us to create the kind of society that encourages people to share their views and to accept different values.

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

  • The KAKEHASHI project has taught me the importance of being able to think from various perspectives. I have come to believe that different people have different views, each of which should be equally respected.
  • There is no question our future holds increasing opportunities on a global scale, and I am certain the experience gained on this trip will be useful to me in the future, or rather, I intend to make full use of it. I hope the generations of students that follow us will have the same wonderful opportunity.

[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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