"KAKEHASHI Project" Aso Senior High School/ Hitachi-Kita Senior High School

Dispatch in October 2013

Group 1 (High School Students)
Aso Senior High School/ Hitachi-Kita Senior High School (Ibaraki)

Period:October 25 - November 7, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Creekview High School & Newman Smith High School (Texas)
Number of Participants: 26 (13 from Aso Senior High School, 13 from Hitachi-Kita Senior High School)

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation in Tokyo
Orientation in Tokyo
(Presentation)

Photo of Orientation in the U.S.1
Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation)

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

Photo of participants in front of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
(Learning about U.S. history and culture)

Group photo of participants at The U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol
(Learning about U.S. politics)

Photo of School exchange at American University
School exchange at American University
(Presentation)

Photo of homestay experience
Introduction to the host family

Photo of School exchange at Creekview High School 1
School exchange at Creekview High School
(Yosakoi dance performance)

Photo of School exchange at Creekview High School 2
School exchange at Creekview High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of School exchange at Creekview High School 3
School exchange at Creekview High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Voices from Participants

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

  • People in the U.S. were more interested in Japan than I expected and I was surprised to see that they had a good deal of knowledge about things like Japanese food and anime. Even people who did not have the knowledge were very eager to learn more about Japan, which moved me very much. I thought that the U.S. is a very international country because people are patriotic but they also are very interested in and concerned about other countries. I felt that it is important for Japanese people to widen their perspectives and have exchanges with other countries and experience other cultures more.
  • \What impressed me the most was the exchange I had with students who were learning about Japan. I was able to have many good discussions about our respective countries and the differences between Japanese and American culture. As students of the English and Japanese languages, we were able to communicate well. I belong to the calligraphy club at my school so I showed my host family how to do calligraphy. They were very pleased and I was able to show them the appeal of Japanese calligraphy.

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

  • Americans have a very positive attitude and I saw many aspects of their lives at home and at school that I thought we could learn from. While I learned about the positive aspects of American life, I also renewed my appreciation for things in Japan like the cleanliness of facilities, the good food and the kindness of people. I would like to pass on what I learned in the U.S. about the differences between the two cultures and the positive aspects of Japan.
  • In the U.S., people say “Thank you” when they experience the kindness of others and express their appreciation through words. I learned about this in the U.S. and now I have put it into practice. Since I returned, I have made a conscious effort to say “Thank you” more often. I want to try and spread “Thank you” to everyone else as well.

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

  • Visiting the U.S. for the first time turned out to be a truly valuable experience for me. Without being content with this one experience, I want to go to other places and actively participate in activities to promote international exchange. And I would like to visit Texas again some day and see my host family.
  • Meeting lots of people and spending time with them, I truly felt the warmth of their hearts. The experience has also helped me to decide my future goals. It was an invaluable experience that helped me grow. I want to improve my English speaking skills and go abroad again. I am very grateful to all the people who were involved in this project.

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