"KAKEHASHI Project" Chuo University(Tokyo Met.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 4 (University Students)
Chuo University(Tokyo Met.)

Period:March 2 - 15, 2014
Local Visit Destination:LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York (New York)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in the U.S.
Orientation in the U.S.

Photo taken in Coney Island
Coney Island
(Learning about U.S. culture)

Photo taken in New York City 1
New York City

Photo taken in New York City 2
New York City
(Learning about U.S. culture)

Photo taken at Columbia University
Columbia University
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at Google Inc.
Google Inc.
(Visiting company)

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

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

Photo taken at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York 2
University exchange at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York
(City tour led by LaGuardia students)

Photo taken in New York City 3
New York City
(Learning about U.S. culture)

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

Photo taken at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York 4
University exchange at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York(Social event)

Voices from Participants

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

  • Through presentations and discussions, which let us teach each other about our own countries, I recognized the importance of not just receiving information but also developing it. This is because the U.S. students asked at least one question for every piece of information we provided, and in the U.S. there was always an atmosphere that encouraged us to speak out about our backgrounds and our lives.
  • The students who welcomed us at the colleges we visited knew so much about Japan. I was surprised by their high level of interest in Japan and by how friendly they were toward our country. But rather than meeting with students who already appreciate Japan, I think we should reach out to those people who have little interest in or have negative feelings about Japan to let them know its appealing qualities.

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

  • I would like to convey to others that we all have our prejudices but we need to make an effort to overcome them, and that people can appreciate the kindness and generosity of others despite the language barrier.
  • I would like to share with others the importance of going abroad, experiencing the culture and heritage of other countries, and socializing with local people, which are all valuable experiences that can shape our values.

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

  • Participating in this project sparked some personal challenges. I realized, for instance, that on top of the need to brush up my English skills, I should take greater interest and have more awareness of a wider range of issues as well as deepen my knowledge and understanding of my own country.
  • I am not certain how well we did promoting the great aspects of Japan by travelling to the U.S. and speaking with local students. But I am positive that through our presentations and discussions we succeeded in deepening their interest in Japan, helping them recognize there is more to Japan than the stereotypical images of the country and what they read about Japan on the internet is not always the accurate or full story.

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