"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (Wisconsin)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 3 (University Students)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin

Period:May 20 - 30, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Kyoto Prefecture
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation
(The Japan Foundation)

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

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

Photo taken at Senso-ji in Asakusa
Visit to Senso-ji in Asakusa
(Omikuji experience)

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

Photo taken on a bullet train
Moving to Kyoto by a bullet train

Photo taken at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Visit to Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken with Master Kaishi Katsura
With Master Kaishi Katsura, a Rakugo presenter
(The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

Photo taken on Teramachi Street in Kyoto
Visit to Teramachi Street in Kyoto
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Doshisha University
School exchange
(Doshisha University)

Photo taken at Shimazu Foundation Memorial Hall
Visit to Shimazu Foundation Memorial Hall
(Learning about Japanese companies)

Photo taken at Kyoto International Manga Museum
Visit to Kyoto International Manga Museum
(Learning about Japanese manga culture)

Photo taken at Kinkaku-ji Temple
Visit to Kinkaku-ji, Temple of the Golden Pavilion
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Visit to Kiyomizu-dera
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Fushimi Inari-taisha Temple
Visit to Fushimi Inari-taisha
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Tea Industry Research Division of Kyoto Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Technology Center in Uji
Visit to Tea Industry Research Division of Kyoto Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Technology Center in Uji
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Mitsubishi Corporation
Visit to Mitsubishi Corporation

Photo of Monjayaki experience 1
Monjayaki experience

Photo of Monjayaki experience 2
Monjayaki experience

Photo of Nihon Buyo experience 1
Nihon Buyo experience instructed by Master Minosuke Nishikawa
(The Japan Foundation)

Photo of Nihon Buyo experience 2
Nihon Buyo experience instructed by Master Minosuke Nishikawa
(The Japan Foundation)

Photo taken at Suntory Museum of Art
Visit to Suntory Museum of Art
(An exhibition titled 'Mono no Aware' and Japanese beauty)

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 think that Japan is a very easy county to travel to. Once you understand the rules they are well protected and easy to follow. Japan has such a rich history and there are many destinations that are devoted to teaching visitors about the history along with protecting it. Japan’s attention to detail can be intimidating but it allows for smoothness you don’t observe other places.
  • Japan retains a lot of its traditions while also promoting and bracing new technology and innovation. I hope to see some of these innovations, especially those that relate to reducing energy use, make their ways to other countries.

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

  • I had always thought that Japan was bustling, hard to navigate and was a country that worked throughout the day as well as the night. As the program progressed, I learned that Japan is not hard to navigate, but many of the shops close early. I also learned that Japan has a relaxed, fun side that many people do not know about.
  • I see Japan as more than just a place to see old locations and learn a language. Before coming here I had no real experience with the actual people, and now I see that Japan is a very diverse and stimulating place that combines a lot old and new.

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

  • As most of my focus in university has been on traditional culture, I hope to learn more about Japanese pop culture and modern history. When I return, I hope to start work on my senior thesis which I hope to write on representations of gender in Japanese role playing games.
  • Upon returning to US, I intend to continue pursuing my Japanese major and studying for the JLPT. I have taken an interest in Japanese dance and will attempt to learn more about it and hopefully find an instructor to instruct me in its practice.

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?

  • Upon returning to the U.S, I hope to share my experience with friends and family. Through the connections I’ve made on this trip and my trip before, I hope to find a job that involves my interest in Japan and allows me to further my Japanese skills.
  • I would have to continue to be interested in Japan and updated with everything going on in Japan. In order to do this, I can use online resources, but now I can also stay updated by keeping in touch with the Japanese volunteers that I have befriended.

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

  • I truly wish that the KAKEHASHI Project had been my first trip to Japan, as it was a great introduction to Japan. I spent a month in Japan prior to this, but I feel like I experienced more of the culture in these 10 days. Thanks to the guides and the information provided I felt like culture shock was greatly reduced, making for a great experience.
  • This experience has honestly been a life changing experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to experience amazing aspects of Japan, but I was able to befriend many of the delegates involved in the projects, Japanese and Americans alike. After meeting the Japanese students and seeing Japan’s culture, I’m motivated to work harder and be a better person so I can positively impact people’s lives and the world (hopefully I can have positive impact on the relation between the US and Japan in the future.) I enjoyed this trip so much and I’m thankful for this opportunity.

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