"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: East-West School of International Studies (New York)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 3 (High School Students)
East-West School of International Studies, New York

Period: July 8 - 18, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of orientation
Orientation

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

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

Photo of moving to Aichi by a bullet train (Experiencing cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Moving to Aichi by a bullet train
(Experiencing cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo of courtesy call on Nishio City officials
Courtesy call on Nishio City officials

Photo taken at Aoi Seicha. Co., Ltd.
Visit to Aoi Seicha. Co., Ltd.

Photo of school exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School (Participating in a class)
School exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School
(Participating in a class)

Photo of school exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of school exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School (Kyudo (Japanese Archery) experience)
School exchange at Aichi prefectural Nishio High School
(Kyudo (Japanese Archery) experience)

Photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo taken at TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

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

Photo of Monjayaki experience (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Monjayaki experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

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

Group photo taken at the National Diet Building (Understanding Japanese society)
Visit to the National Diet Building
(Understanding Japanese society)

Photo taken at Mega Web, Toyota City Showcase (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to Mega Web, Toyota City Showcase
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

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?

  • Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, I think Japan’s strength and attractiveness lies in Japanese pop culture as well as science technologies. Both are very unique and appealing to other countries and cultures.
  • Based on my experiences in the program, I notice that Japan is both technologically advanced and traditional. These are Japan’s biggest strengths because the technology attracted us while the traditional kindness infused in Japanese citizens made us feel welcome.

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

  • I didn’t really expect to see that everyone is so polite to foreigners, and that also goes for the citizens of Japan who don’t speak any English at all. Also, Japan’s history and educational policy is very different from other cultures.
  • This project did not change my perspective of Japan. Instead, it reinforced it. I always thought Japan was an amazing country filled with technologies, and the people are kind and understanding.

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

  • I would love to study more about Japan’s history mainly during the Edo era. I would also love to study, and participate in more tea ceremonies and kendo activities.
  • Although this trip gave me many experiences and taught me many things, I still would like to learn more about the different streets and places in Japan, the colleges in Japan and gain more experiences about the life of a Japanese people.

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 study Japanese throughout my high school career. I will also apply to go to Japan next year as our school hosts an annual trip to China, Korea or Japan. I will also attempt to start Japanese-oriented club at my school with friends and acquaintances from the KAKEHASHI Project.
  • After returning to U.S., I decide to make a presentation describing the different places and people, but mostly to tell the students in my school the behavior of the Japanese and how we should learn from them to create a better society.

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

  • I think “KAKEHASHI” is a very appropriate name for this program. It was very fun and life-changing experience for me. I suggest anyone who is interested in Japanese culture should be able to participate.
  • This experience has opened my eyes to many things. The people here are so nice and kind. I even made tons of friends with the Japanese students and people and with those who are also in the KAKEHASHI Project. I will really miss Japan when I leave. I’m so glad that I took this chance and I can’t thank you enough. I’ve learned so much from Japan and I will always remember this experience. This is like the best thing that ever happened to me. Thank you so much for everything and please continue this project because there are a million of other people who want to come. Japan has really made me feel at home.

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