"KAKEHASHI Project" Nara Prefectural Sakurai Senior High School/Takatori Kokusai High School (Nara Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Nara Prefectural Sakurai Senior High School/Takatori Kokusai High School (Nara Pref.)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Olathe Unified School District (Olathe North High School, Olathe South High School, Olathe East High School, Olathe Northwest High School; Kansas)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

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

Photo taken at Nikkei Manor 1
Nikkei Manor (Care center for elderly Japanese-American)
(Understanding local culture)

Photo taken at Nikkei Manor 2
Nikkei Manor (Care center for elderly Japanese-American)
(Understanding local culture)

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

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

Photo taken at Community event at Olathe Public Schools 1
Community event at Olathe Public Schools

Photo taken at Community event at Olathe Public Schools 2
Community event at Olathe Public Schools

Photo taken with the host family 1
Interacting with the host family

Photo taken with the host family 2
Farewell to the host family

Photo taken at TOTO USA, Inc. 1
TOTO USA, Inc.
(Understanding local industry)

Photo taken at TOTO USA, Inc. 2
TOTO USA, Inc.
(Understanding local industry)

Photo taken at 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 discovered that Japanese culture was quite well known and liked by people in the United States. When we tried hard to share our thoughts, the audience did hard to listen. Someone always came up with a question or shared their view, too. This came to me as a surprise. It was hard to believe they were high school students like us. This made me think people in the U.S. are very likeable.
  • People in the U.S. are very friendly. They all have their own opinion, and have a high level of communication skills. They make an effort to find out your strengths and share it with you. I found this wonderful.

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 qualities of the U.S. that Japan do not have; culture, value, and mentality of the people. I also want to share stories about the people I met, how my English-language skills were, and the strengths of Japan that I discovered during my stay. I hope I will be able to make use of this trip for myself and help other people have interest in or good image of the country.
  • I want to share the importance of having your own views. During the homestay, I was often asked about my views but had difficulties deciding what they were. Everyone in the U.S. seemed to have their own views, and they exchanged those views with each other. I think this is a good thing.

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

  • My participation in the KAKEHASHI Project was my first visit to the United States. I was not too sure how I felt before and during the trip, but now I realize that I gained a truly wonderful experience. I developed a sincere attraction to the U.S. and hope to go back in the near future. I want to brush up on my English-language skills and gain a lot more experience.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project was full of wonderful experiences. Some aspects of the United States are poles apart from Japan. Many came to me as a surprise. They all were stimulating and changed my outlook on the world in a positive way. Although I was rather shy before, I felt myself changing significantly through the interactions with the local people in the span of only ten days. I think this project gave me experiences that will change my life.

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