"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (Minnesota)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 3 (High School Students)
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, Minnesota

Period: July 08 - 18, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation (Lunch Break)
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 courtesy call at Minamiuonuma City Hall
Courtesy call at Minamiuonuma City Hall

Photo of School exchange at Minamiuonuma Ushiroyama Elementary School
School exchange at Minamiuonuma Ushiroyama Elementary School

Urasa Bishamondo, Fukoji Temple (Learning about Japanese local traditional culture)
Visit to Urasa Bishamondo, Fukoji Temple
(Learning about Japanese local traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Minamiuonuma Omaki Junior High School
School exchange at Minamiuonuma Omaki Junior High School

Photo of School exchange at Muikamachi Senior High School
School exchange at Muikamachi Senior High School

Homestay experience (The first meeting)
Homestay experience
(The first meeting)

Photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

Sumiyoshi Taisha Festival (Experiencing Japanese local traditional culture)
Visit to Sumiyoshi Taisha Festival
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional culture)

Shiozawa Tsumugi museum (Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)
Visit to Shiozawa Tsumugi museum
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

Yukimuro in Uonumanosato (Learning about Japanese local industrial technology)
Visit to Yukimuro in Uonumanosato
(Learning about Japanese local industrial technology)

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

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

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

Photo of courtesy call on a member of the House of Representatives, Kosuke Hori
Courtesy call on a member of the House of Representatives, Kosuke Hori

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
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • In my opinion, Japan’s strength is the willingness of the people to play their part in society. The most attractive trait about Japan is the support and oneness of the people.
  • I am impressed by how well Japan has preserved its past, but at the same time being a modern country. They hold onto many historical events and maintain their historical building and landmarks. I am also fascinated in all their technological advances like the humanoid robot ASIMO. This is Japan’s strength.

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

  • My perspective of Japan was already positive and it was exactly how I thought it would be. Quiet, respectful, responsible, etc. However, this trip has made a bigger impact on me, now that I have had hands on experience on Japan I like it even more! (Except there’s barely any trash cans out on the streets or buildings.)
  • My perspective on Japan hasn’t changed much but learning a bit more about Japan helped me come to a conclusion. My conclusion is I will definitely come back to Japan in the future.

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

  • Inspired by the homestay and school exchange, I want to learn more about the everyday life of students of my own age. I want to know more about the education system and the average path that a student follows after elementary school.
  • I want to learn more about Japanese history and relationships with western countries. I noticed a lot of western influence and I want to know where it started from and why.

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 my stories of my trip and experiences with students at my school and family and tell them how amazing it was. I have also taken many pictures during this trip and I would love to share them. I will study more about Japanese and their culture and I would love to return someday.
  • Since I’m taking Japanese I in the fall, I know that I will learn more about Japan’s strengths and attractiveness. In addition to taking Japanese, I am coming back to Japan next summer with my uncle and his wife who is from Japan. I hope to deepen my understanding of Japan even further then as well.

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

  • My experience in the KAKEHASHI Project was unforgettable! I had an amazing time building new relationships with Japanese people. I hope to visit Japan again someday when I’m older to learn even more about this beautiful country.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am forever thankful I was able to experience. Being able to experience so many aspects of Japan and Japanese culture even in such a short amount of time expanded my understanding and appreciation of Japan in a way that could not have occurred otherwise. Thanks to the KAKEHASHI Project, I now have an intelligent grasp on Japan that very few other Americans have. I’m incredibly excited to apply what I’ve learned here in Japan to whatever my future holds!

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