"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Riverside Community College District (California)

Invitation in May 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (Junior and Senior High School Students and University Students)
Riverside Community College District, California

Period:May 26 - June 5, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Kesennuma City and Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo taken at Tsukiji fish market
Visit to Tsukiji fish market
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Group photo taken at Tsukiji Hongan-ji
Visit to Tsukiji Hongan-ji
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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

Photo of Monjayaki experience
Monjayaki experience

Photo taken at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck
Visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck

Photo of Orientation
Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese lifestyle)

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 Suntory Museum of Art
Visit to Suntory Museum of Art
(An exhibition titled ‘Mono no Aware’ and Japanese beauty)

Group photo in Akihabara
Visit to Akihabara
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

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

Photo of Minshuku experience in Kesennuma Oshima
Minshuku (traditional Japanese guesthouse) experience in Kesennuma Oshima

Photo taken in Kesennuma Oshima
Nature experience in Kesennuma Oshima

Photo of Local industry experience in Kesennuma Oshima 1
Local industry experience in Kesennuma Oshima
(Seine experience)

Photo of Local industry experience in Kesennuma Oshima 2
Local industry in Kesennuma Oshima
(Seine experience)

Photo of Local industry experience in Kesennuma Oshima 3
Local industry in Kesennuma Oshima
(Seafood barbeque experience)

Photo taken at School exchange with university students in Sendai 1
School exchange with university students in Sendai

Photo taken at School exchange with university students in Sendai 2
School exchange with university students in Sendai
(Introduction to sister city exchange between Sendai and Riverside)

Photo taken at FLAT in Sendai
Visit to FLAT in Sendai
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

Photo taken at awesome! creators shop in Sendai
Visit to awesome! creators shop in Sendai
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

Photo taken at Kanezaki Sasakamaboko Hall
Visit to Kanezaki Sasakamaboko Hall
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken in Matsushima
Visit to Matsushima
(Learning about Japanese local tourism)

Photo taken at  Miyagi Gakuin Women's University 1
School exchange at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
(School tour led by a Japanese student)

Photo taken at  Miyagi Gakuin Women's University 2
School exchange at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
(Discussion)

Photo taken at  Miyagi Gakuin Women's University 3
School exchange at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
(Introduction to Japanese local food culture)

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

Photo taken at Kaminari Gorogoro Kaikan
Lunch at Kaminari Gorogoro Kaikan

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

Photo taken on Kappabashi 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?

  • Japan’s strength and attractiveness are its people, culture and respect for its history, each other, and symbiosis with nature.
  • Japan’s strength are its hospitality, natural beauty, variety of delicious foods. Japan has both modern cities and traditional towns that provide a wide range of options to the visitors.

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

  • Before this project, I did not know much about Japan. Through this trip, I have developed a love, respect and appreciation for Japan, its people, history and its customs.
  • My perspective changed easily through just the interaction with the native Japanese people. They are so nice. They are so kind. As well as I know Japan was beautiful, but seeing it in person was breathtaking.

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

  • I want to keep in touch with Japanese friends. I want to learn more about the language. I want to learn more about the politics between Unites States and Japan. I want to learn about the technology shared for disaster prevention and how to help Japan. I want to learn and eat more Japanese food.
  • Economic history after Meiji Era. Potential to live, work or study in Japan and what that entails. Continue to learn the language and study it thoroughly-emphasis on Kanji. Advancing knowledge of current pop culture. Current science research and projects. History of different regions and prefecture in Japan. Continue pen pal relationships with individuals met during KAKEHASHI Project.

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 share this experience with relatives, friends and strangers. I will teach them what I learned and hope to change their perspectives of Japan into a much better one.
  • I will continue to remind myself and motivate myself to remember the experiences I had here, so that I may promote the beauty and rich culture of Japan. I will definitely go out of my way to learn more about Japan.

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

  • This is a best experience I’ve ever had. I will never forget this trip. The beautiful and polite people and all of the beautiful nature. With all of the tours, I felt like this trip was one month long, not ten days. I’m so sad it’s over. But overall this experience was unforgettable. Thank you for creating this program. What an opportunity!
  • I am very honored and humble to be a part of an amazing experience (KAKEHASHI Project). Even this short amount of time can be physically evaluated by money, but internal change is priceless. Having a better understanding of Japan’s culture, people and ideas have only better who I am. I feel it is my duty to inform people back in USA about all the wonderful things pertaining to Japan. I love Japan.

[Contact Us]

TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6022
FAX: +81-(0)3-5369-6042
E-mail: infokakehashi@jpf.go.jp
(When sending e-mail, please enter a half-width character "@" instead of a full-width character "@.")

Page Top