"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Miami Palmetto Senior High School (Florida)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (Junior and Senior High School Students and University Students)
Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Florida

Period:May 26 - June 5, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Number of Participants:12

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

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

Photo taken in Harajuku
Visit to Harajuku
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

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

Photo taken at 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 Sengan-en
Visit to Sengan-en
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken with Mayor of Kagoshima City, Hiroyuki Mori
Courtesy call on Mayor of Kagoshima City, Hiroyuki Mori

Photo taken on Sakurajima
Visit to Sakurajima
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo taken at Yunohira Observation Deck
Visit to Yunohira Observation Deck
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo taken at School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School 1
School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School
(Greeting the principal)

Photo taken at School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School 2
School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School
(Participating in a class)

Photo taken at School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School 3
School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School
(Kimono experience)

Photo taken at School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School 4
School exchange at Kagoshima Gyokuryu Junior and Senior High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of Homestay experience 1
Homestay experience

Photo of Homestay experience 2
Homestay experience

Photo taken at Kirishima Shrine
Visit to Kirishima Shrine
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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

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?

  • Japan’s strength in my opinion is cleanliness, appropriate behavior, value of consideration and friendliness.
  • I think that Japan’s strength is its strong economy and its ability to maintain culture even with the advent of new technology that changes the way most people live.

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

  • I thought Japan would be very difficult to understand & navigate, being such a homogenous country, but everyone I came in contact with was very accommodating, helpful & considerate. The culture in Japan is very defined and respectful, efficient, despite limited resource, land and large population.
  • Throughout this project, my perspective of Japan changed due to opportunities to learn more about the culture. Before visiting this trip, I wasn’t fully aware of the amount of freedom and technology people here are given. However, this project allowed me to see Japan high in many different ways. For example, I now feel Japan is more down-to-earth and friendly with a rich culture and history background.

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

  • I want to learn about educational opportunities so I can come back and continue to learn Japanese after high school.
  • I would want to learn more about the history of Japan during different empires like the Meiji, Edo and Fujiwara.

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?

  • To deepen the understanding of Japan’s strength and attractiveness, I could share and expand my experience with others around me. In addition, I could research more on the different aspects of Japan.
  • I will describe my experience to my friends and family and encourage them to study or visit Japan in the future and will stay in contact with my host family.

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

  • Visiting museums and shrines helped me understand Japanese history and culture, while other places such as Harajuku or Kagoshima allowed me to enjoy myself and partake in interesting activities. My homestay in Kagoshima really opened my eyes to see Japanese lifestyle in a whole new way. I particularly enjoyed walking through Tokyo at night with my friend and trying new things. All in all, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Japan and I am eager to visit Japan again.
  • My experience in the KAKEHASHI Project impacted me in many ways. It opened me up and expanded my thoughts to outside my normal zone. This was a once and a lifetime opportunity that I enjoyed very much and will never ever forget it. I got an inside look on the history, culture and lifestyle of Japan. Moreover, some things really interested me while on this trip. Some including the unique and delicious foods that I tasted, the Karaoke rooms, the high-tech toilets, the transportation, the school’s (Kagoshima school’s was very different from Miami’s). I really liked the home-stay in Kagoshima. While there, I met several students at their school while getting to compare & contrast my school to theirs and go to live a few days as a typical Japanese student. Overall, I loved participating in this project and feel grateful to have part in it.

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