"KAKEHASHI Project" Fukushima University (Fukushima Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

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

Period:March 2 - 15, 2014
Local Visit Destination:University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo taken in New York
Arrival in New York

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 1
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 2
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 3
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 4
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 5
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Presentation)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 6
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Social event)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 7
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Social event)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 8
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Social event)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 9
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Social event)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 10
UUniversity exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at University of Wisconsin — Madison 11
University exchange at University of Wisconsin — Madison
(Campus tour)

Voices from Participants

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

  • We made a presentation about children and education after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Nearly everyone in the audience nodded deeply and listened seriously. In the exchange session, one student from the University of Wisconsin, with teary eyes, told me, "I was really moved. That's all I can say. The presentation inspired my own studies".
  • I was very moved by the people I met. University students, exchange students from Japan, Japanese people based in the United States — everyone had a clear goal in life, and was studying and carrying out various activities to achieve it.

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

  • I want to share that you can reach the hearts of many people if you come together with people who have similar views as a group and take action, unlike you as individuals. There are a number of people who saw our presentation and told us they wanted to visit Fukushima.
  • I hope to share that it is important to push ahead with Fukushima's reconstruction from four angles: connecting with the world and with society, developing human resources, transmitting information, and using the power of youths.

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

  • Spending March 11 — the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake — in the United States filled me with deep emotion. As I said a silent prayer, I remembered how devastated I was three years ago. I never imagined I would experience such happiness on the same day three years later.
  • I am truly glad that I participated in the KAKEHASHI Project. It offered many precious experiences that I could not have gained anywhere else. I will cherish the new friendships from this trip, and from now on try to build my own new "bridge for tomorrow."

[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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