"KAKEHASHI Project" Kawagoe High School (Mie)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Kawagoe High School (Mie)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Fairfax County Public Schools (Lake Braddock Secondary School, Hayfield Secondary School, South Lakes High School; Virginia)
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 Safeco Field
Safeco Field
(Understanding local industry)

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

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

Photo taken at Northwest University 1
School exchange at Northwest University

Photo taken at Northwest University 2
School exchange at Northwest University
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Washington Dulles International Airport
Meeting with host families at
Washington Dulles International Airport

Photo taken at Community event at Fairfax County Public Schools 1
Community event at Fairfax County Public Schools
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Community event at Fairfax County Public Schools 2
Community event at Fairfax County Public Schools

Photo taken at Community event at Fairfax County Public Schools 3
Community event at Fairfax Country Public Schools

Photo of Debriefing session
Debriefing session at University of Georgia College of Engineering

Voices from Participants

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

  • When presenting Japanese culture in the United States, my impression was that students on the U.S. side understood Japan more than I had imagined. If they had a question about Japan, they asked, even if it did not relate directly to the contents of the presentation. I felt that, as a Japanese person, I need to have thorough knowledge about Japan.
  • In the U.S., I was surprised that when students did not understand something in class, they simply spoke out and asked. This happened outside the classroom as well. During our presentation, some students spoke out and asked when they did not understand a detail or if they were interested in a topic. This made me happy, since it felt like they were enjoying our presentation.

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

  • I want to tell others about U.S. culture, of course, but also about the wonderful activities carried out by Japanese around the world. I also hope to share the differences between Japan and the United States, highlighting the good aspects, of education for example, in order to create good systems.
  • Although the visit was short, only for two weeks, it turned my life around 180 degrees. Meeting new friends and finding out our differences in culture really broadened my horizons. What I want to share is the cultural differences I felt in the United States, the difference in mentalities between people in the two countries, and that the U.S. is a country with many opportunities.

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

  • Through my experience this time, I was able to rethink my future. Up to now, I had thought about what I want to be and what I want to do in the future based on my observation of one country only: Japan. Now, having been to a country other than Japan and actually seen the world with my own eyes, I want to do something to contribute to the bridge between Japan and the world. I feel my plans for the future have gained a great deal of breadth thanks to this experience.
  • I was able to discover anew the qualities of Japan and of the United States. I hope to take a good look at the positive aspects of Japanese culture and of U.S. culture, and share my findings with many people. Through the dispatch this time, I visited many cities and observed the differences between them in climate, local color, and landscape. I was also able to make friends with the students I met at the high schools. It was a wonderful trip. I will cherish this experience and try to act as a bridge between Japan, the United States, and the world.

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