"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Classical High School (Rhode Island)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Classical High School, Rhode Island

Period: July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Mobara City, Chiba 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 taken at Umihotaru (a rest area on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line) (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to Umihotaru (a rest area on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line)
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at the technology museum "Umimegane"(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to the technology museum “Umimegane”
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Otaki Castle Museum 1 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Visit to Otaki Castle Museum
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)

Photo taken at Otaki Castle Museum 2 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Visit to Otaki Castle Museum
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)

Photo taken in the castle town of Otaki 1 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Visit to the castle town of Otaki
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)

Photo taken in the castle town of Otaki 2 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Visit to the castle town of Otaki
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School
School exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School (Japanese calligraphy experience)
School exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School (Karate experience)
School exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School
(Karate experience)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School (School festival)
School exchange at Chiba Prefectural Chosei Senior High School
(School festival)

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

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo of homestay experience (Time to say goodbye)
Homestay experience
(Time to say goodbye)

Photo taken at Mobara International Friendship Association (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit to Mobara International Friendship Association
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo of Honno Ema (votive picture) making experience 1 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Honno Ema (votive picture) making experience
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)

Photo of Honno Ema (votive picture) making experience 2 (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Honno Ema (votive picture) making experience
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of Boso’s famous thick sushi roll making experience at Yomogikan in Chiba 1 (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Boso’s famous thick sushi roll making experience at Yomogikan in Chiba
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo of Boso’s famous thick sushi roll making experience at Yomogikan in Chiba 2 (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Boso’s famous thick sushi roll making experience at Yomogikan in Chiba
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

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

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

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

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 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?

  • Some of Japan’s greatest strengths are its fascinating history and traditional culture. I love Japanese traditional art and aesthetic and I think it is very beautiful. Japan’s pop culture is also a major source of its attractiveness to people of other nations. It was interesting to experience these two things alongside each other. This wide range of culture in Japan makes it very attractive to many different kinds of people. Japan is also, much more eco-friendly than the U.S. Recycling and energy-saving are much more prevalent here. That‘s really great.
  • Japan’s strength is communication between all generations. Cooperation and teamwork is Japan’s biggest strength. I think one of Japan’s attractiveness is safeness, very clean and the dedication of Japanese people to preserving traditional culture.

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

  • My perspective of Japanese society changed drastically in this trip. Beforehand, I believed that Japanese people were, generally, very serious. Through this I learned that everyone in Japan especially the younger generations, are very fun and very content with their lives.
  • This project showed me a little bit of everything in Japan and thus, in effect, changed how I thought of every aspect in Japan. I knew Tokyo was a huge city but spending an hour on the bus just to get from one part of the city to another made me realize just humongous it is. Likewise, the never ending rice fields reinforced the importance and significance of farming and agriculture in Japan, which lies in stark contrast to the huge cities filled with businessmen, company workers etc. (especially Tokyo, which is an economic capital of the world).

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

  • I would definitely want to learn more about Japanese classic art; ema (votive picture). My first experience with ema was very great and I want to learn more about knowledge of Japanese art. Also, I want to learn and study Japanese for many years to come.
  • I want to learn more about its religion, and how its importance changes (or doesn’t change) between the city and countryside. I would also like to learn more about its technology and how that has made Japan a very different country from how it was 200 years ago.

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 participate as a host family when the time comes for the Japanese students to come to America. Also, I will tell my family and friends about my amazing experience in Japan.
  • To let everyone know and acknowledge Japanese culture and how beautiful Japan is. I can accomplish this by sharing pictures and telling others about my experience in Japan. I can also accomplish this by giving souvenirs and maybe teach and encourage others to visit Japan.

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

  • It was amazing, I had so much fun. Although there is still much of Japan that I want to see, I feel satisfied with the amount that I did get to see. I feel that this project is a very successful way of showing people the aspect of Japan because we got to see a little bit of everything. Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity! I will definitely try to return some day!
  • I am very happy to have participated in the KAKEHASHI Project. I have finally decided that I will major in Japanese. I really enjoyed the homestay and wished that it lasted longer. I was even more glad because my school was sent to Chiba which is a more subtle humble city. It is very similar to Rhode Island. Thank you for accepting Classical High School into this program.

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