"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: George Mason University (Virginia)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 3 (University Students)
George Mason University, Virginia

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

Tour Photo Album

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

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

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

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 1
School exchange at Yokohama National University
(Yukata experience)

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 2
School exchange at Yokohama National University
(Yukata experience)

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 3
School exchange at Yokohama National University

Photo of School exchange/Discussion at Yokohama National University
School exchange/Discussion
(Yokohama National University)

Photo taken at  Kanagawa Prefectural Government's office
Courtesy call at Kanagawa Prefectural Government's office
(Learning about efforts in tourism)

Photo taken in Yokohama Chinatown
Visit to Yokohama Chinatown
(Learning about local tourism)

Photo taken at Cupnoodles Museum 1
Visit to Cupnoodles Museum
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Cupnoodles Museum 2
Visit to Cupnoodles Museum
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Group photo taken at Nihon Minka-en in Kawasaki City
Visit to Nihon Minka-en in Kawasaki City
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Nihon Minka-en in Kawasaki City
Visit to Nihon Minka-en in Kawasaki City
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 1
School exchange at Yokohama National University
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 2
School exchange at Yokohama National University
(School festival experience)

Photo of School exchange at Yokohama National University 3
School exchange at Yokohama National University
(School festival experience)

Photo taken in front of Great Buddha in Kamakura
Visit to the Great Buddha in Kotoku-in in Kamakura
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Shokozan Tokei-ji in Kamakura 1
Visit to Shokozan Tokei-ji in Kamakura
(Zen meditation experience)

Photo taken at Shokozan Tokei-ji in Kamakura 2
Visit to Shokozan Tokei-ji in Kamakura
(Zen meditation experience)

Photo taken at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu
Visit to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu led by a volunteer guide of Kamakura City

Photo taken at Yokosuka Research Park
Visit to Yokosuka Research Park
(Lecture on cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at NTT DOCOMO R&D
Visit to NTT DOCOMO R&D
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken in Miura Peninsula 1
Visit to Miura Peninsula
(Basket fishing experience)

Photo taken in Miura Peninsula 2
Visit to Miura Peninsula
(Basket fishing experience)

Photo taken on Jogashima 1
Visit to Jogashima led by a staff of Miura City Hall

Photo taken on Jogashima 2
Visit to Jogashima led by a staff of Miura City Hall

Photo taken at Mitsubishi Corporation
Visit to Mitsubishi Corporation

Photo of Monjayaki experience
Monjayaki experience

Photo taken at Tsukiji Hongan-ji and Tsukiji fish market
Visit to Tsukiji Hongan-ji and Tsukiji fish market
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

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

Photo taken at Kabukiza Gallery
Visit to Kabukiza Gallery in Shochiku Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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’ve learned about how efficiency is valued during my stay in Japan through the interaction with the people and learning more about the culture. I think economic and environmental efficiency are one of a few of Japan’s strengths, and no doubt increases its attractiveness to the international community.
  • Japan’s strengths are they are socially responsible and heading in the direction of being environmentally conscious. The natural landscape is visually pleasing and beautiful. The development of Japan over the past few years reflects the resilience and drive of the Japanese people.

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

  • It made me realize that I would like to study Japanese and that I would like to have a career in Tokyo one day. Japanese people are more friendly than what I expected. In addition, it made me realize that Japan knows a lot about the U.S. and its culture as well.
  • I was able to personally experience interactions with the Japanese people, see historical sites, and taste different types of food in Japan. This personal experience has allowed me to learn more about the Japanese culture, mannerisms, behavior, food preference, and innovations. I have opened up my vantage point of Japan and through this project, I have gained a better appreciation of the culture.

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

  • I would like to learn more about Japanese economy and the science and technology aspects of Japan. I also really enjoyed visiting the Shinto and Buddhist shrines so I would like to learn more about those.
  • I would like to learn more about the language. I found it fascinating the way the people speak. I would also like to learn about the modesty of the people. The way that the people bow when they greet someone. I found it to be very much respectful.

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 continue to foster the relationships I have developed with Japanese students and youth. I believe that such correspondence will raise awareness by both nations on both sides. I will also describe my experience to friends, family, and other future acquaintances.
  • I will certainly educate the people that I know as well as university students about Japan through my firsthand experience. The experience I had at each location taught me a lot about its culture and its people. I learned about tradition and modernization could co-exist in the way that it will benefit everyone.

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

  • I had a fantastic time! I really appreciate the opportunity to meet with so many interesting people and deepen my understanding of the language and culture. I will heavily consider teaching here as a potential career. Arigato gozaimashita!
  • Overall, I am extremely pleased with my participation in the KAKEHASHI Project. In just 10 days, I learned so much about the Japanese people. I gained benefit from every sight, every area that I visited, from walking down the streets of Shibuya to singing karaoke to visiting the great Buddha at Kamakura, I’ve had a wide view of Japanese society. I’ve learned about Japanese history, the arts, pop-culture, fashion, culture, tourism and way in things. I’ve made friends with many of the Japanese people I will continue to keep in contact. I had an amazing experience and I hope to travel to Japan in the future. Thank you.

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