"KAKEHASHI Project" Nishio High School (Aichi)

Dispatch in October 2013

Group 1 (High School Students)
Nishio High School (Aichi)

Period:October 25 - November 7, 2013
Local Visit Destination:East-West School of International Studies (New York)
Number of Participants: 26

Tour Photo Album

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

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

Photo taken at National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian
(Learning about U.S. history and culture)

Photo of Courtesy call on U.S. Representative Grace Meng, 6th Congressional District of New York
Courtesy call on U.S. Representative Grace Meng, 6th Congressional District of New York
(Learning about U.S. regional politics and culture)

Group photo taken at  the University of Maryland
Student exchange at the University of Maryland
(Presentation)

Photo of Student exchange at the University of Maryland 1
Student exchange at the University of Maryland
(Presentation)

Photo of Student exchange at the University of Maryland 2
Student exchange at the University of Maryland
(Campus tour)

Photo of Student exchange at Lake Braddock Secondary School 1
Student exchange at Lake Braddock Secondary School
(Presentation)

Photo of Student exchange at Lake Braddock Secondary School 2
Student exchange at Lake Braddock Secondary School
(Presentation)

Photo of Reception at the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Reception at the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at East-West School of International Studies
School exchange at East-West School of International Studies
(Participating in a class)

Photo of Community event 1
Community event
(Presentation)

Photo of Community event 2
Community event
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Brentwood High School
School exchange at Brentwood High School
(Presentation)

Voices from Participants

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

  • What left the greatest impression was the visit to the schools, where I discovered many aspects that were different from Japan. Students in the U.S. have a positive attitude in class and I think the environment encourages them to actively participate in class. We received strong responses and many questions during our presentations and I was happy to see that they were interested in Japan. I felt that I should learn more about Japan and about other countries including the U.S.
  • I found that high school and university students in the U.S. are very interested in Japanese pop culture like anime, manga and video games. What impressed me most was the huge reaction we got when we talked about these topics in our presentations. When I taught my host sister origami and Japanese calligraphy, she asked me about Japanese grammar and other things and I was impressed by how the high school students in the U.S. were eager to learn.

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

  • Japanese people have biased views about the U.S. and think that it is a “scary” or “dangerous” place, but I found out that this was not true at all. I felt that Americans are very friendly and kind as well as polite. I would like to let people know about this so that they will be more interested in the U.S. and we can continue to have exchanges.
  • With regard to communication, I strongly felt the importance of knowing various things about your own country and having a wealth of knowledge. When you become interested in foreign countries, your eyes tend to turn outwards, but I think the more knowledge you have about your own country, the easier it will be to communicate. So I would like to let my friends at school and other people know about this as well.

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

  • Through exchanges with students at the schools and other experiences, I was able to learn about the differences between the cultures of the U.S. and Japan. The program was also a very fruitful experience because I was able to think and come up with creative ideas about how to communicate and express myself with my limited language skills.
  • I think I conveyed the charms of Japan as much as I could and contributed to strengthening the bond between Japan and the U.S. Making full use of what I gained through this experience, I will strive to become a bridge between Japan and the U.S.

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