"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Calloway County High School (Kentucky)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (Junior and Senior High School Students and University Students)
Calloway County High School, Kentucky

Period:May 26 - June 5, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture
Number of Participants:24

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese lifestyle)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum 1
Studying Japanese history and culture
(Tokyo National Museum)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum 2
Studying Japanese history and culture
(Tokyo National Museum)

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

Photo taken at Meiji Jingu Shrine
Visit to the Meiji Shrine
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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

Photo of Monjayaki experience in Tsukishima
Monjayaki experience in Tsukishima

Photo of The 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 Lecture on Hachinohe City and its attractiveness
Lecture on Hachinohe City and its attractiveness

Photo taken at Hachinohe Portal Museum Hacchi
Visit to Hachinohe Portal Museum "Hacchi"
(Local tourism and cultural exchange facility)

Photo taken at Hachinohe Institute of Technology 1
Visit to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Learning about observation of global environment using NASA satellite)

Photo taken at Hachinohe Institute of Technology 2
Visit to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Learning about research on tsunami disaster prevention/reduction)

Photo taken at Hachinohe Institute of Technology 3
Visit to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Learning about portable emergency surgery room)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 1
School exchange at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Introduction of the state of Kentucky by American high school students)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 2
School exchange at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Brass band concert)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 3
School exchange at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Display of works by Manga Literature club)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 4
School exchange at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Japanese painting experience)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 5
School exchange at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
(Japanese flower arrangement experience)

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 6
School exchange with The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 7
School exchange with The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology

Photo taken at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology 8
School exchange with The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology

Photo taken at Hachikan Cooperative
Visit to Hachikan Cooperative
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd
Visit to Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd
(Learning about the building process of Japanese large ships)

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

Photo taken at Senso-ji/Nakamise in Asakusa
Visit to Senso-ji/Nakamise in Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken onKappabashi Dougu Street
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?

  • The advanced technological input is a major attraction to the new generation. It also provides an adequate example of how Japan is continuing to expand and progress. The people of Japan are generally polite and considerate, much unlike the characteristics of other countries’ citizens.
  • *The strengths of Japan would be how convenient and efficient the technology and buildings are. They help save time and energy.
    *I think Japan’s strength is its low amount of crime and cleanliness.
    *Technology and aesthetic appeal along with culinary arts and arts and humanities as a whole.

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

  • This project changed my perspective of Japan. I actually saw the people of Japan and how happy they seemed.
  • Japan is actually very similar to America in many ways. I imagined it to be very different from America, but I felt at home here.

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

  • The language as well as their market share in different business sectors. And how Japan and the U.S.A. work together.
  • *I want to learn more about pop-culture, technology and history.
    *I want to learn more about the food and the way they live; such as the life in their home or work.
    *I want to learn more about the traditional folk stories of Japan such as Kappa and Nekomata

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 keep learning as much as possible about Japan’s history, language, culture and technology. I plan to visit Japan again sometime in the future. I also plan to learn even more about Japan-U.S. relations.
  • I will speak to my friend and hopefully get them interested in learning about Japan, in hopes that they’d do the same.

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

  • The KAKEHASHI Project provided a possible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that proved to be all I wanted and more. The project has also increased my desire to further explore the customs and facts about Japan. I truly appreciate this unbelievable experience you have given to me.
  • I do not speak the language but by the end of my homestay I could communicate with people. The cities were beautiful and well kept. It was fun to learn about other people’s belief. I have had a lot of fun getting to know my school group better. I would come back as soon as possible! I love using chopsticks!

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