"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Adrian Schools (Michigan)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (Junior and Senior High School and University Students)
Adrian Schools, Michigan

Period:May 26 - June 5, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Obihiro (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation 1
Orientation

Photo of Orientation 2
Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese lifestyle)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum
Studying Japanese history and culture
(Tokyo National Museum)

Photo taken at National Museum of Nature and Science
Studying Japanese history and culture
(National Museum of Nature and Science)

Photo taken at Tokyo Toy Museum
Visit to Tokyo Toy Museum
(Japanese cultural experience)

Photo taken at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Visit to Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Hinokawa Farm in Obihiro
Visit to Hinokawa Farm in Obihiro
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at JA Obihiro Kawanishi
Visit to JA Obihiro Kawanishi
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Courtesy call on Mayor of Obihiro City, Norihisa Yonezawa
Courtesy call on Mayor of Obihiro City, Norihisa Yonezawa

Photo taken at Obihiro Centennial City Museum 1
Visit to Obihiro Centennial City Museum
(Learning about Japanese history, industries, and nature of the local area)

Photo taken at Obihiro Centennial City Museum 2
Visit to Obihiro Centennial City Museum
(Learning about Japanese history, industries, and nature of the local area)

Photo taken at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School 1
School exchange at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School
(Welcome concert)

Photo taken at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School 2
School exchange at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School
(Kendo experience)

Photo taken at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School 3
School exchange at Hokkaido Obihiro Hakuyou High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of Straw sandals making experience
Straw sandals making experience at Hokkaido Tokachi Ecology Park

Photo taken at Lake Shikaribetsu
Visit to Lake Shikaribetsu
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo taken at Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden 1
Visit to Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden 2
Lecture at Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken  Edo-Tokyo Museum
Visit to Edo-Tokyo Museum
(Learning about traditional culture and history of Tokyo)

Photo taken on Kappabashi Dougu Street
Visit to Kappabashi Dougu Street
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of Debriefing Session
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

1.Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I believe Japan’s biggest strength is the services of the polite, kind and caring people who live here. Everyone I met made me love this place just a bit more than before.
  • I think Japan’s strengths are its people, its beautiful environment, community, and technology.The environment is so clean, as they care about it. The people and community are so nice and friendly. The Japanese people put others before themselves, and are hard- working and very kind.

2.How do you change your perspective of Japan through the project?

  • I was extremely surprised by how clean and green the city was. For a city bigger than New York (population wise), the air and streets were so amazingly clean. Also even in the city we were surrounded by greenery.
  • Japan is much more diverse than I’d thought. Being such a small country, I’d imagined Japan would be very consistent throughout the land, but I was wrong. I found that Hokkaido was a very different atmosphere than the bustling metropolitan of Tokyo. Japan is also much more accepting of Americans than I’d expected. I know many overseas countries do not hold a favorable opinion of Americans, but Japan is much more accepting.

3.After returning to the U.S., what aspect(s) of Japan do you want to learn more?

  • I want to learn more about the smaller cities and islands of Japan.I also want to explore more into their environment and nature.
  • I want to learn more about the traditions that families do in their houses and more about their culture and what they value.

4.It is hoped that you will promote further mutual understanding between our two countries, serving as bridges in the Japan-U.S. relationship. What will you do to deepen understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I will always defend Japan and I plan to wear the straw sandals I made to the last day of school so that people will ask me about Japan and I can tell them all about Japan’s strengths and attractiveness. I will introduce my friends to their culture and convince them to come here again with me in the future. I am also going to ask my mother to make me Japanese food and take me to Karaoke. When I grow up I want a Japanese style house with a Japanese style bathroom.
  • To tell others how kind the people are. In other cities, people can be rude, but in Tokyo, and in Japan, they are very nice. Also, Japan is beautiful and I think people believe it’s just all one big city, but it’s really not.

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

  • My experience in KAKEHASHI Project included seeing relative scenery but a vastly different culture with different customs. I enjoyed the homestay in which another student from my group also attended with myself. The other student and I enjoyed Karaoke with my host family and conveyor belt sushi. During the trip, I have visited museums explaining and displaying the culture of Japan nationally, Tokyo, Hokkaido and Obihiro.
  • My experience was incredibly positive. Everyone was very welcoming and all of the places we visited were great. I loved spending time with my host family. The food was very different and good. I thought this would be a one time trip, but now I have every intention to come back to Japan again.

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