"KAKEHASHI Project" Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School (Aichi Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School (Aichi Pref.)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Ed W. Clark High School (Nevada)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

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

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

Photo taken at Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine (law firm)
(Understanding local industry)

Photo taken at Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College

Photo taken at Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle at Shoreline Community College

Photo taken at Sky Valley Education Center 1
School exchange at Sky Valley Education Center
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Sky Valley Education Center 2
School exchange at Sky Valley Education Center
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Sky Valley Education Center 3
School exchange at Sky Valley Education Center
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Community event at Ed W. Clark High School 1
Community event at Ed W. Clark High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Community event at Ed W. Clark High School 2
Community event at Ed W. Clark High School

Photo taken at Ed W. Clark High School 1
School exchange at Ed W. Clark High School
(Exchange session)

Photo taken at Ed W. Clark High School 2
School exchange at Ed W. Clark High School
(Exchange session)

Voices from Participants

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

  • During our presentation on the qualities of Japan, what left the biggest impression on me was the attitude of the audience. Whereas Japanese people would listen quietly, people there did not merely listen but actually participated in the presentation and make an effort to enjoy it. They also made big reactions and actively gave answers to our questions. It made me happy to receive a response that I did not get while practicing in Japan, whether in groups or alone. Sometimes I was bewildered by the reactions, but I had fun throughout the presentations.
  • Listening to the presentations by the students of other schools as well as ours made me realize anew what an attractive country Japan is. Seeing Japan through different eyes helped me discover that there is more about Japan that we should tell people outside the country. I learned that each prefecture of Japan has unique culture and makes up the country, and felt proud that both our culture and industry are so developed. Japan did not develop on its own, of course, but through cooperation with the United States and other countries. This discovery left the biggest impression on me.

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

  • Everyone in the United States, from people at school to the host family and even passersby who have nothing to do with the project, was kind to me even though I was a stranger. They are big-hearted, caring, and daring. I hope to share all this as well as the qualities of the United States that I discovered during my trip.
  • I was surprised by the U.S. educational system. Classes are diverse, teachers try to get students involved, the major subjects are divided into numerous levels, and talented students can skip grades. These mean every student can receive education fit to his or her ability. I would like this flexible educational system to be introduced in Japan, as it would lead to improvements in communities and schools.

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

  • Participating in the KAKEHASHI Project helped me see the qualities of Japan and made me proud to be Japanese. It also gave me the chance to experience the greatness and strength and sense of openness of the United States, and made me even more interested in the qualities of the country. I think international exchange is a wonderful for youth. I hope there will be more opportunities like this in the future.
  • I gained invaluable experience through the KAKEHASHI Project. We visited three cities during our trip and experienced things we would never have on our own. I was particularly impressed by the stories of the woman taking on an international role at the law firm. Through the exchange activities in the United States, I think I picked up some clues to what Japan needs to continue advancing in the global future.

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