"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Liberty High School (Washington)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 3 (High School Students)
Liberty High School, Washington

Period: July 08 - 18, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Maizuru City, Kyoto 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 of courtesy call at Maizuru city hall 1
Courtesy call at Maizuru city hall

Photo of courtesy call at Maizuru city hall 2
Courtesy call at Maizuru city hall

Photo of courtesy call at Maizuru city hall 3
Courtesy call at Maizuru city hall

Photo taken at Goro Sky Tower 1 (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Goro Sky Tower
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo taken at Goro Sky Tower 2 (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Goro Sky Tower
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo taken at Goro Sky Tower 3 (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Goro Sky Tower
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo talen at Maizuru Brick Park 1(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)
Visit to Maizuru Brick Park
(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)

Photo talen at Maizuru Brick Park 2(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)
Visit to Maizuru Brick Park
(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)

Photo talen at Maizuru Brick Park 3(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)
Visit to Maizuru Brick Park
(Learning about Japanese local historic architecture)

Photo of school exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School (Japanese Calligraphy experience) 1
School exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School
(Japanese Calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School (Japanese Calligraphy experience) 2
School exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School
School exchange at Kyoto Prefectural East Maizuru High School

Photo taken at Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum 1 (Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum 2 (Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum 3 (Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Hikiage-sanbashi, Repatriation Bridge 1 (Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Hikiage-sanbashi, Repatriation Bridge
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Hikiage-sanbashi, Repatriation Bridge 2 (Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Hikiage-sanbashi, Repatriation Bridge
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Fururu Farm 1 (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Fururu Farm
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo taken at Maizuru Fururu Farm 2 (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Maizuru Fururu Farm
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo of Homestay experience (The first meeting) 1
Homestay experience
(The first meeting)

Photo of Homestay experience (The first meeting) 2
Homestay experience
(The first meeting)

Photo of Homestay experience 1
Homestay experience

Photo of Homestay experience 2
Homestay experience

Photo of Homestay experience 3
Homestay experience

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

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

Photo taken at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 1 (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 taken at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 2 (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 1
Debriefing Session

Photo of debriefing 2
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

1.Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • Japan has been able to hold on to its traditional culture values while also embracing modern technology and western culture. Everyone I met was exceptionally welcoming, friendly, helpful and outgoing. The country also has a highly advanced and developed infrastructure and transportation system (The Shinkansen was amazing!). I also believe that Japanese people take pride in their community.
  • Attention to others needs is something that I think makes Japan a very attractive country to foreigners as well as strength. It strengthens the image of Japan but also they unite because everyone treats each other with respect.

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

  • I thought Japan was great full of technology with huge beautiful cities when I was younger (it has always been a dream to visit Japan with close friends). The visit confirmed all of the previous (technology, beautiful cities) and as well as a gorgeous countryside that is well preserved with all the traditional cultures of Japan which gave it an even better look than before.
  • My perspective didn’t change much because it actually turned out to be what I expected, which was something great! To my surprise, though, it turned out to be so much greater and amazing (which I didn’t think was possible)!! Not only did I see how amazing the technology is but I got to see how clean the streets are, and how clean everything else is as well! So overall, my perspective went from “amazing” to “HEAVEN!!!!”

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

  • Once I got back to the United States, I will retain and deepen my understanding of Japan by taking Japanese classes in high school. I really want to better understand how the language works and about the culture. Specifically, its more modern pop culture.
  • When I return to the US, I want to learn about Japan’s economy. I want to major in business and Japan’s economy seems to be one of the most influential economies over the world. Just from this trip, I have discovered the importance of customer service and I want to deepen my understanding on the subject. Another aspect of Japan I want to learn more about is their language. I want to be able to hold longer conversations with Japanese people without using broken sentences the next time I visit Japan.

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 try to get a job in international relations with Japan. I would like to be an engineer in Boeing and work with Japanese colleagues. I also would love to come back to Japan someday. I will tell people about this project and all about Japan. Finally, I will contact people that I met here in Japan.
  • I am very interested in getting a career in Japan as an English teacher to hopefully get Japanese students to pursue careers in the US. I would love to return to Japan and spend more time learning and sharing knowledge in Japan.

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

  • The trip as a whole was very inspirational. I felt myself grow as a person by seeing the world from another perspective. Coming to Japan was like starting a new at life. You have to adapt to the language, the culture, the food, and the people. I feel like I gained global-awareness from this trip that I wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. The trip gave me new insights, experiences and memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. It helped me realize my size in the world.
  • This exchange program trip has been my dream since I was very young. This experience has been the experience of a lifetime. The Meiji Shrine holds some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside without ever thinking that we were in a city. The home stays were wonderful. I got experience of Japanese culture by visiting onsen and fireworks as well as going to shrines and festivals. With myself being half Japanese, I have learned many things about my culture and I will treasure these memories forever.

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