"KAKEHASHI Project" NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou (Tokyo Met.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou (Tokyo Met.)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Los Gatos High School (California)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in the U.S.1
Orientation in the U.S.
(English lesson)

Photo of Orientation in the U.S.2
Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation practice)

Photo taken at Bellarmine College Preparatory 1
School exchange at Bellarmine College Preparatory
(Meeting the principal)

Photo taken at Bellarmine College Preparatory 2
School exchange at Bellarmine College Preparatory
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Bellarmine College Preparatory 3
School exchange at Bellarmine College Preparatory

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

Photo taken at Uwajimaya
Uwajimaya
(Learning about local industry)

Photo taken at Los Gatos High School 1
School exchange at Los Gatos High School
(Welcome event)

Photo taken at Los Gatos High School 2
School exchange at Los Gatos High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Los Gatos High School 3
Community event at Los Gatos High School

Photo taken at Los Gatos High School 4
Community event at Los Gatos High School
(Chorus performance)

Photo of Debriefing session
Debriefing session at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Voices from Participants

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

  • I felt that people in the U.S. like Japan as they were enthusiastic from start to finish when I talked about Japan. As I talked, I also discovered anew the qualities of Japan. I was able to accept U.S. culture, which is quite different from ours. I also found out the differences between the U.S. and Japan, and thought both the good points and those that need improvement will be useful in my future.
  • I made a presentation about nature in Japan. This made me realized what I wanted to use my own presentation and English language skills, not to memorize the whole script prepared from a template.

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

  • I hope to share the beauty of studying abroad. By actively trying to strike up a conversation with the host family, I gained confidence to take one step forward. I also want to relay the differences between the United States and Japan.
  • I would like to share what I experienced in the U.S., including and the reactions I received from people there, with people in my community or at my school. I hope this will make many people study abroad, gain a wonderful experience like I had, and encourage more people to find out and follow their own dream.

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

  • I gained really fantastic experience during the past two weeks. They were full of stimulation. I hope not to let it end as only fun, but to make use of all that I learned through the project at school and in my life in the future.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to gain truly wonderful experience. Traveling abroad was a good chance to broaden my horizons. I believe there are many possibilities and will be able to pave the way to my future. I hope to play the role of a leader in reconstruction, even a little at a time.

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