"KAKEHASHI Project" Hanamaki Agricultural High School (Iwate)

Dispatch in October 2013

Group 1 (High School Students)
Hanamaki Agricultural High School (Iwate)

Period:October 25 - November 7, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts High School (Arkansas)
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 The White House
The White House
(Learning about U.S. politics)

Group photo taken at Washington Metropolitan High School
School exchange at Washington Metropolitan High School
(Presentation)

Photo taken at the office of U.S. Representative Rick Crawford
Courtesy call on the office of U.S. Representative Rick Crawford, 1st Congressional District of Arkansas
(Learning about U.S. regional politics and culture)

Group photo taken at George Washington University
School exchange at George Washington University
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts 1
School exchange at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
(Halloween event experience)

Photo of School exchange at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts 2
School exchange at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
(Halloween event experience)

Photo taken in the Historic Washington State Park
Historic Washington State Park
(Learning about U.S. history)

Photo of Community event 1
Community event
(Presentation)

Photo of Community event 2
Community event
(Presentation)

Photo taken at Mid America Science Museum 1
Mid America Science Museum
(Learning about U.S. science and technology)

Photo taken at Mid America Science Museum 2
Mid America Science Museum
(Learning about U.S. science and technology)

Photo of School exchange at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School 1
School exchange at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School 2
School exchange at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School
(Presentation)

Voices from Participants

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

  • What impressed me the most was that the students in the host families who were the same age as us seemed very grown up and displayed their leadership, and that our presentations got unexpectedly positive responses from them. I was able to take on a positive attitude in the presentations and exchanges and I successfully communicated Japanese culture to the U.S. and the U.S. culture to Japan, so I think it was a very meaningful study tour.
  • The exchanges with the schools left the strongest impression. My group introduced the traditional toys of Japan and invited the students to play with the toys. They listened to our presentation seriously and looked like they were enjoying themselves at times. I cannot forget the smiles on their faces. What impressed me most were the good responses and the smiles of the people in the U.S.

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

  • The generosity and kindness of the American people, the joy of interacting with people from other countries, the differences in cultures, and the sense of accomplishment one gets from planning and putting together a presentation and delivering it successfully - these are the things I would like to pass on so that people in my community and school will be interested in the U.S. and the exchange between Japan and the U.S. will become more active.
  • I stayed in the U.S. for ten days and when I was walking down the streets I often heard people saying "Thank you" and "You're welcome." I felt that the U.S. was a country where people appreciated and cared for one another. Also, I met many Americans who were studying Japanese language with various dreams and goals. I thought that as future leaders of Japan, we should be more conscious of the international community.

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

  • I participated in the KAKEHASHI Project and learned the importance of the English language. I decided I would try harder in studying English in the future so that I can speak and understand more. The people in the U.S. were very kind and had a positive attitude about everything. By spending time with them, I think I was able to become more positive as well.
  • It was my first time flying on a plane and I experienced many things for the first time during the trip. I am very grateful for the various experiences and many of them will be useful in the future.

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