"KAKEHASHI Project" Seiwa Gakuen High School (Miyagi Pref.)

Dispatch in March 2014

Group 5 (High School Students)
Seiwa Gakuen High School (Miyagi Pref.)

Period: March 16 - 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Hall-Dale High School (Maine)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

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

Photo taken at Uwajimaya 1
Uwajimaya
(Learning about local industry)

Photo taken at Uwajimaya 2
Uwajimaya
(Learning about local industry)

Photo taken at Charles Wright Academy 1
School exchange at Charles Wright Academy
(Participating in class)

Photo taken at Charles Wright Academy 2
School exchange at Charles Wright Academy
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Charles Wright Academy 3
School exchange at Charles Wright Academy
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hall-Dale High School 1
School exchange at Hall-Dale High School
(Exchange meeting)

Photo taken at Hall-Dale High School 2
School exchange at Hall-Dale High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hall-Dale High School 3
School exchange at Hall-Dale High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Hall-Dale High School 4
Community event at Hall-Dale High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Turner Field
Turner Field
(Learning about local industry)

Photo taken at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Voices from Participants

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

  • What impressed me most is that the audience showed a reaction to our presentation. We gave the presentation countless times in Japan, including in practice sessions, but there was never a real notable reaction from the Japanese audience. I think this left the greatest impression on me because getting a reaction and questions made me feel I was giving a presentation properly and that our ideas were reaching the audience.
  • I found out how U.S. students felt about Japan through the presentations. Giving the presentation on my country, I was able to feel the differences between these two countries. I was very impressed by their perspective on Japan.

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

  • I want to share that it is important to have your own views. Even if you are not confident, you should believe in yourself and, express your views in a proactive manner. I found out that people in the U.S. value process more than result. Rather than focus only on achieving good results, I should appreciate process of trying, even if I cannot reach a desired level. I think that would help me grow.
  • I hope to tell others about the place I had biggest culture shock in the United States. I have not yet decided on one place in particular, since there are so many candidates. Some structures made me wonder why they were designed in such a way. Some installations made me think they would never be done in the same way in Japan. Some familiar features in Japan do not exist in the United States, and vice versa. I just want to share my countless shocking discoveries.

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

  • This project gave me the chance to learn a lot from U.S. people. What impressed me the most was that students at the schools we visited never hesitated to talk to us. They came up to us and cheerfully struck up a conversation, as if we had always been friends. The Japanese tend to shy away from making conversation with foreigners or people they meet for the first time. Compared to Japanese people, who can be unsociable, I thought people there were friendly.
  • I am very happy that I was able to participate in this project. I gained a valuable experience from to the interactions with many people overseas and chat with Japanese students living in other regions of Japan. As I do not travel abroad often, I had a good time and much to learn. I am happy that I could brush up my English-language skills.

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