"KAKEHASHI Project" University of Fukui (Fukui Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 4 (University Students)
University of Fukui (Fukui Pref.)

Period:March 2 - 15, 2014
Local Visit Destination:University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Number of Participants: 13

Tour Photo Album

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

Photo taken at Koko Architecture + Design
Koko Architecture + Design
(Visiting company)

Photo taken at Kamakura Shirts New York 1
Kamakura Shirts New York
(Visiting company)

Photo taken at Kamakura Shirts New York 2
Kamakura Shirts New York
(Visiting company)

Photo taken in Battery Park
Battery Park
(Learning about U.S. culture)

Photo taken at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at the University of Pittsburgh 1
University exchange at the University of Pittsburgh

Photo taken at the University of Pittsburgh 2
University exchange at University of Pittsburgh
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at the University of Pittsburgh 3
University exchange at University of Pittsburgh
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at the University of Pittsburgh 4
University exchange at University of Pittsburgh
(Presentation)

Photo taken at the University of Pittsburgh 5
University exchange at University of Pittsburgh
(Social event)

Photo taken at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
(Learning about U.S. culture)

Voices from Participants

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

  • I found that the Japanese people and Japanese things were highly regarded in the U.S. By going overseas I was able to feel confidence and pride in my country and in being Japanese. I keenly felt the significance of this in the KAKEHASHI project, and this sense of pride in my own country, which was new discovery for me, was my most memorable experience.
  • What impressed me the most was that the students I met in the U.S. had a great interest in Japan. They listened earnestly to our presentation and also seemed to enjoy it. During our talk, they oohed and aahed, responded to our questions, and sometimes broke into laughter. That made me very happy.

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

  • My message comes down to one thing: the most important thing and the basis of communication between people is to smile.
  • Even if it is just a little, I hope to make other people want to go abroad and promote Japan's attractions. When you step outside your ordinary life, you realize how much of the world and how many people you have not known.

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

  • The encounters I had with people during this project changed my life plan. It was an extremely interesting experience.
  • This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I made friends with many people, and my values changed. I also bonded with the other Japanese students who traveled with me. I would like to thank all the people I met and everyone involved in the KAKEHASHI project.

[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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