"KAKEHASHI Project" Hand in Hand (Tokyo Met.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Hand in Hand (Tokyo Met.)

Period:March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination:Ridge High School (New Jersey)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in the U.S. 1
Orientation in the U.S.
(Practicing presentation)

Photo of Orientation in the U.S. 2
Orientation in the U.S.
(Practicing presentation)

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

Photo taken at Roosevelt High School 2
School exchange at Roosevelt High School
(Demonstrating performance)

Photo taken at Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College
(Campus tour)

Photo taken at Seattle Keiro
Seattle Keiro (Care center for elderly Japanese Americans)
(Understanding local culture)

Photo taken at Ridge High School
School exchange at Ridge High School
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Community event at Ridge High School 1
Community event at Ridge High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Community event at Ridge High School 2
Community event at Ridge High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken with the host family
Farewell to the host family

Photo taken at the Riverside Church 1
Rehearsal at the Riverside Church

Photo taken at the Riverside Church 2
Rehearsal at the Riverside Church

Voices from Participants

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

  • I was able to make an easy-to-understand presentation on the qualities of Kawagoe, where my school is located, by showing photographs for comparison between the streetscape with plaster-walled buildings and one with Western architecture. Being a member of the school chorus, I sang traditional Japanese songs in various places during my U.S. trip. These activities helped to improve the image of not only Kawagoe but also Japan as a whole and to lead to the reconstruction of disaster-afflicted areas.
  • It made me very happy that many people were interested in Japan, and they knew things about Japanese culture that I had expected only Japanese people to know. I felt that we, too, need to be more interested in and study the culture of not only the United States but also many other countries. This would help deepen understanding between countries even more than now.

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

  • U.S. high school students already know what they want to do after graduation, and they are taking active steps toward their goals. I have not started thinking about my future yet, but I hope to take initiative to lead other people around me.
  • As I had the chance to actually participate in high school classes, I hope to share what I experienced regarding the U.S. education: how classes are conducted and the attitude of the students. I felt there was a big difference in dietary culture between Japan and the United States, so I want to share information about food, like what I ate during my trip. People from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Japanese-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Indian-Americans, live in the United States. I want to share this as well.

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

  • I am very happy that I was able to participate in the project. I met many people on this trip, gained a lot of experience, and said quite a few goodbyes. Through all of them, I have a chance to think about how we should act as visitors and to interact with people in various ways. The trip will form a great foundation for my future.
  • I am truly glad that I participated in the KAKEHASHI Project. Chatting with local people in English and listening to Japanese students attending U.S. universities speak in English were stimulating and made me ambitious. It made me set up an aim in life: I would like to improve my English skills and interact with people all over the world. I think it is wonderful that the project is designed for high school students who are in an important phase of life. I wish I could thank all the organizers.

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