"KAKEHASHI Project" Hachinohe Kodai2 High School (Aomori)

Dispatch in October 2013

Group 1 (High School Students)
Hachinohe Kodai2 High School (Aomori)

Period:October 25 - November 7, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Calloway County High School (Kentucky)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Group photo taken at Washington Dulles International Airport
Arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport

Group photo taken at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
(Learning about U.S. history and culture)

Group photo taken at Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
(Learning about U.S. history and culture)

Group photo taken at National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
(Learning about U.S. cutting-edge technology and industry)

Group photo taken at The White House
The White House
(Learning about U.S. politics)

Photo of School exchange at George Mason University
School exchange at George Mason University
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at McKinley Technology High School 1
School exchange at McKinley Technology High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at McKinley Technology High School 2
School exchange at McKinley Technology High School
(Presentation)

Photo of a participant and her host family
Introduction to the host family

Photo of School exchange at Calloway County High School 1
School exchange at Calloway County High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Calloway County High School 2
School exchange at Calloway County High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Calloway County High School 3
School exchange at Calloway County High School
(Exchange meeting)

Voices from Participants

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

  • Everyone was very kind, and the homestay left the strongest impression on me. When I was showing them the charms of Japan, I was happy to see that they were listening with interest. I learned a lot about American culture as well. I hope that in the future I can become a bridge between Japan and the U.S. and deepen the understanding between the two countries.
  • It is important to be able to communicate in English but I was able to communicate in non-verbal ways and gestures as well. I now firmly believe that you can see what the other person is feeling from their facial expressions and have a meaningful exchange in that way. Japanese culture has spread in the United States more than I expected and I was able to renew my appreciation for the appeals of Japan.

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

  • My English is not good and frankly, I was anxious about going. But everyone was kind and tried very hard to understand what I was trying to say with my limited English skills. When they wanted to say something to me, they spoke slowly and used simple words. Communication is difficult but it is wonderful as well. I think you can discover new things by taking the first step instead of shrinking back from things you're not good at.
  • In Japan, you say words of appreciation before and after a meal, but people in the U.S. do not have such a custom and they just start eating at mealtime. I think showing your appreciation for food is a good custom and so I would like to show people such charms of Japanese culture.

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

  • By participating in this program, I met students from other prefectures and seeing their English skills and the creative methods they used in their presentations was very inspiring for me. It is true that language is not about the words but about the emotions you want to express. But one cannot deny the importance of language skills. I was able to realize various things through this experience and would like to make use of them in the future.
  • Participating in the KAKEHASHI Project was a wonderful experience. I gained first-hand experience learning about American people and how they were different from the Japanese. Directly experiencing and learning about these things made the experience all that more special.

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