"KAKEHASHI Project" Izumi High School (Osaka)

Dispatch in January 2014

Group 3 (High School and Technical College Students)
Izumi High School (Osaka)

Period:January 12 - 25
Local Visit Destination:Southwest High School (Minnesota)
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Orientation in Tokyo
(Presentation practice)

Orientation in the U.S.
(Presentation practice)

School exchange at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School

School exchange at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School

Sony Pictures
(Learning about local industries)

Reception at Japanese American National Museum

School exchange at University of California, Los Angeles

Space Center Houston
(Learning about U.S. cutting-edge technology and industry)

Meeting the host family at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

School exchange at Southwest High School

Farewell to the host family

Return to Narita International Airport

Voices from Participants

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

  • There were so many people who are interested in Japan, and I could introduce them Japanese culture and charms that they had not known. It was an amazing experience to make a presentation in front of a lot of people. I would like to participate in the international exchange project like this if I have a chance.
  • I think that the Japanese should communicate with people in other countries more actively. I have learned communication skills through this program, and in the future, I would like to develop it more and play a role as a KAKEHASHI that connects Japan and other countries.

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

  • I would like to tell people the importance of sharing our own opinion. I would also like to tell them that it is important to show our gratitude towards people who have supported us.
  • I would like to let people know how wonderful it is to tell their own feelings to people who speak different languages. I have bettered myself greatly as I was able to express myself. I have learned it is important to look into their eyes while talking so that we could understand each other beyond the culture and language difference.

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

  • I spent incredible two weeks. Everyone involved in KAKEHASHI Project was kind to me, and I do not know how to express my gratitude for them. Now I like the U.S. more, and also like Japan more than before.
  • In this project, I made presentations in front of a lot of people for the first time in my life. I was so nervous at that time. We had a meeting after each presentation to discuss how we could improve the next presentation. This was a very valuable experience to me. I would like to make use of this experience in the future.

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