"KAKEHASHI Project" Kagoshima Gyokuryu High School (Kagoshima Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Kagoshima Gyokuryu High School (Kagoshima Pref.)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Miami Palmetto Senior High School (Florida)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo taken at Uwajimaya
Uwajimaya
(Learning about local industry)

Photo taken at Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College

Photo taken at Juanita High School 1
School exchange at Juanita High School
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Juanita High School 2
School exchange at Juanita High School
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Juanita High School 3
School exchange at Juanita High School
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Juanita High School 4
School exchange at Juanita High School

Photo taken at Miami Palmetto Senior High School 1
Community event at Miami Palmetto Senior High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Miami Palmetto Senior High School 2
Community event at Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Photo taken at Miami Palmetto Senior High School 3
Community event at Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Photo taken at Miami Palmetto Senior High School 4
Community event at Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Photo taken at Lanier High School 1
School exchange at Lanier High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Lanier High School 2
School exchange at Lanier High School
(Presentation)

Voices from Participants

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

  • In conversation with the host family and through our presentation, I talked about the unique qualities of Japan such as culture, customs, and abundant nature. Everyone seemed sincerely happy and interested, and I realized how wonderful Japan's qualities are and that we should be proud of them. Our presentation of Kagoshima's folk song "Oharabushi" left the biggest impression on me, since almost everyone was eager to take part in it and seemed to enjoy it from the bottom of their heart.
  • I went to the United States prepared to promote the Japanese spirit of hospitality, or omotenashi, as well as our politeness and manners. But when I actually arrived, I thought people in the U.S. are even politer than Japanese people and they already have a spirit of hospitality. They extended a greeting or smiled whenever our eyes met or we passed each other. They are in fact more courteous than we are. I felt that one should study the United States before trying to present Japan.

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

  • I cannot wait to tell everyone about the kindness of people in the U.S. They tended to smile a lot. If our eyes met, they smiled. If I said hello, they returned a smile. Everyone was considerate, too. The host family treated me like a true member of the family and let me have a lot of experience. Many people at the schools we visited talked to us and even shed tears when we said goodbye.
  • Experiencing U.S. lifestyle helped me discover many good qualities of Japan. We do not waste food, handle things with care, always keeping in mind the next person who will use it. These are some of our qualities that I hope to share.
    Also, based on my experience of communicating heart-to-heart with people there even though I do not speak perfect English, I want to share the importance of trying without fear of failure. You do not need to make grammatically correct sentences. Individual words are enough to convey the gist of what you want to say. So even if you are not confident, the first step is to say something. This is the essence of communication.

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

  • I was able to discover many good qualities of the United States and Japan as well as the differences between the two countries. I developed a bond with the many people I met. I am inspired to travel to many other countries. It would make me happy if my participation in this project helped to build a bridge between the two countries. I will try not to waste all that I learned on this trip but to make best use of it in my future.
  • I gained a truly enriching, life-changing, valuable experience through this project. In the past two weeks, I learned how to express myself and the importance of expressing myself and telling others about my views. I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing the project.

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau
TEL : +81-(0)3-5369-6022 FAX : +81-(0)3-5369-6042
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