"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS) (Michigan)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (Junior and Senior High School Students and University Students)
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS), Michigan

Period:May 26 - June 5, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Toyota City, Aichi 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 atNational 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
Monjayaki experience

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 with Mayor of Toyota City, Toshihiko Ota
Courtesy call on Mayor of Toyota City, Toshihiko Ota

Photo taken at Toyota Ecoful Town
Visit to Toyota Ecoful Town
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Lecture on Toyota City
Lecture on Toyota City

Photo taken at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School 1
School exchange at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School
(Participating in a class)

Photo taken at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School 2
School exchange at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School
(Sakuramochi cooking experience)

Photo taken at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School 3
School exchange at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School
(Tasting Maccha and Sakuramochi)

Photo taken at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School 4
School exchange at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School
(Participating in a music class)

Photo taken at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School 5
School exchange at Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School
(Participating in a music class)

Photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo taken at Toyota Motor Corporation factory
Visit to Toyota Motor Corporation factory
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Toyota Kaikan Exhibition Hall
Visit to Toyota Kaikan Exhibition Hall
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

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

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

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

Photo of Debriefing Session 1
Debriefing Session

Photo of Debriefing Session 2
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • I think Japan’s greatest strength is the sense of community. From what I’ve gathered at the various museums we’ve visited and people I’ve met, the Japanese work hard as a collective group to accomplish a goal. I think this trait allows the people to be united.
  • Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, I think Japan’s strengths are technology, Japanese cuisine/food, saving (water, electricity), basically recycling, and people. I think the attractiveness is how clean and sanitized it is, the pop culture and the fashion.

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

  • I changed my perspective a lot because I thought Japan was just a high-tech country with a whole bunch of people walking around, but I realized it’s not like that.
  • My perspective didn’t really change that much but it did change some. It changed on the way the Japanese are and they act nice. I thought they were strict and uptight.

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

  • I’d like to learn more about the Shinto Religion, because the way people connect spiritually to nature interests me. I‘d also like to learn more about how we can become more eco-friendly by using more solar energy, and how I can reduce my carbon footprint.
  • I want to learn more about the ecoful town and the ecoful cars.

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?

  • This once in a life experience was probably the best I’ve ever had. The KAKEHASHI Project has enlightened me to how rich Japan is, culturally and as a community. If continued, I think this project could potentially strengthen the bond between the U.S. and Japan.
  • My experience has been amazing. The best part was being with my host family. They were amazing and hopefully I can meet with her again and meet her big sister.

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