"KAKEHASHI Project" Ogaki Kita Senior High School (Gifu)

Dispatch in October 2013

Group 1 (High School Students)
Ogaki Kita Senior High School (Gifu)

Period:October 25 - November 7, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Richardson High School/Lloyd V. Berkner High School (Texas)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

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

Group photo taken at National 4-H Youth Conference Center
National 4-H Youth Conference Center
(Accommodations in Washington, DC)

Photo of School exchanges at Paul Public Charter School
School exchanges at Paul Public Charter School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Westfield High School 1
School exchange at Westfield High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Westfield High School 2
School exchange at Westfield High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Westfield High School 3
School exchange at Westfield High School
(Halloween event experience)

Photo of School exchange at Richardson High School 1
School exchange at Richardson High School
(Presentation)

Photo of School exchange at Richardson High School 2
School exchange at Richardson High School
(Halloween event experience)

Group photo taken at at Westfield High School
School exchange at Lloyd V. Berkner High School
(Participating in a class)

Photo of School exchange at Richardson High School 3
School exchange at Richardson High School

Group photo of partcipants with students from Richardson High School/Lloyd V. Berkner High School
Richardson High School/Lloyd V. Berkner High School
(Saying good-bye to host students)

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

Voices from Participants

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

  • When people were listening to our presentations, I was very excited to see that a lot of people were interested in Japan. By promoting Japan to people outside Japan, I was also able to understand how much of an influence Japan can have on other countries.
  • There were people who know about Japan and people who don't know about Japan at all. Japan is an advanced country but I thought we should have more awareness and a sense of responsibility and be more active in the world. I hoped that in the future we will be able to promote the charms of Japan through our activities and behavior.

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

  • I learned that international exchange is something that is accessible and I want to let more people know about this. At the debrief meeting at our school, all the participants of the KAKEHASHI Project talked about what we learned. Later, many people said that they would like to know more about my experiences and so I would like to continue to talk about my thoughts and what I learned.
  • Japanese people and American people have different ideas about time and the people around them. I was able to understand both points of view, and the differences were very interesting to me, so I would like to tell my family and friends about what I learned. I want to create a world in which people can recognize and appreciate the differences between the cultures of their own country and other countries.

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

  • I gained a lot of confidence through the experience of participating in this project. I was able to not only improve my English skills but also widen my horizons through the new experiences of meeting foreign people and becoming friends with them. It is a valuable experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
  • I felt that it was a big responsibility to go to the U.S. as a representative of Japan and my school but it turned out to be a very positive experience. It was a lot of fun but I think I can also make it a very valuable experience by making use of what I learned in my life.
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