"KAKEHASHI Project" Kobe Gakuin University (Hyogo)

Dispatch in November 2013

Group 2 (Junior and Senior High School Students and University Students)
Kobe Gakuin University (Hyogo)

Period: November 1 - 14, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Murray State University (Kentucky)
Number of Participants: 24

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Arrival at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Arrival at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Photo of Orientation in the U.S.
Orientation in the U.S.

Photo of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) (Presentation) 1
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
(Presentation)

Photo of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) (Presentation) 2
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
(Presentation)

Photo of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) (Presentation) 3
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
(Presentation)

Photo of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) (Presentation) 4
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
(Presentation)

Photo of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) (Presentation) 5
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
(Presentation)

Photo of Millennium Park (Learning about local culture)
Millennium Park
(Learning about local culture)

Photo of Departure from San Francisco International Airport
Departure from San Francisco International Airport

Voices from Participants

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

  • Even though I was not fluent in English, American people attentively listened to me during my presentation and conversation with them. They were so friendly and kind. This is what impressed me most in this experience. Also, I knew that there was a big difference in the attitude toward learning between Japanese students and their American counterparts. Having been inspired by this fact, I decide to study hard like American students.
  • In the presentation, I talked about the charms of Japan focusing on the theme, "Cool Japan." I prepared my presentation assuming that most Americans must be unfamiliar with Japanese culture, but once I started making my presentation, I realized that they know about Japan more than I expected. When interacting with American university students, I was surprised that they know correct and polite Japanese more than we do. At the same time, I felt I had to learn more about Japan before knowing other countries.

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

  • My major is not English, so I was not confident in my language skills. There were concerns about many things such as whether we could speak well in English about the topics related to disaster prevention and social contribution of our major and whether we could have a conversation with the local people without problems. However, it turned out that we didn't have a lot of trouble speaking English. Of course, I sometimes wished I could have expressed myself in a better way and should have studied more, but the most important thing is the willingness to convey my thoughts. American people accepted my English and our presentation just as an expression of individuality. I would like to tell people in my community about these things.
  • I want to encourage people in my community to actively communicate with foreigners. I think it is important to get out of Japan and see the world not just looking at the world from the Japanese perspective. We can look at Japan from a different angle when being in the world and can find something new about our country.

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

  • Having visited the United States for the first time, I found the Americans kinder and warmer than I had expected. Thanks to this project, America has come to feel much closer, and I think there is a strong "KAKEHASHI" between myself and the U.S. I was deeply impressed with everything I experienced in America. I will treasure the encounters that I had during this project and hope to build further on these relationships in the future. I would like to thank all the staff who organized this project.
  • By visiting the United States, I became more interested in the country. I pay more attention to world affairs than before, and want to learn more about other countries. I was deeply inspired by the American people during my stay and I am glad that I had such a great experience.

[Contact Us]

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