"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Creekview High School (Texas)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Creekview High School, Texas

Period: July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Namegata City, Ibaraki 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 lunch at Kaminari Gorogoro Kaikan (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Lunch at Kaminari Gorogoro Kaikan
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Kashima Soccer Stadium 1 (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Visit to Kashima Soccer Stadium
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Kashima Soccer Stadium 2 (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Soba noodle experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Group photo taken at Kashima Works of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Visit to Kashima Works of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of lecture at Itako Community Center (Learning about Japanese local area)
Lecture at Itako Community Center
(Learning about Japanese local area)

Photo of school exchange at Aso Ibaraki Prefectural Senior High School (Welcome ceremony)
School exchange at Aso Ibaraki Prefectural Senior High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of school exchange at Aso Ibaraki Prefectural Senior High School (Japanese calligraphy experience)
School exchange at Aso Ibaraki Prefectural Senior High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

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

Photo of group discussion about what was learned from homestay experience
Group discussion about what was learned from homestay experience

Photo of Ohayashi (Japanese musical accompaniment) / Star festival (Experiencing Japanese traditional culture)
Ohayashi (Japanese musical accompaniment) / Star festival
(Experiencing Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Kashima Shrine (Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)
Visit to Kashima Shrine
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture  of the local area)

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)

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 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)

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 Ramen Kokugikan (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Ramen Kokugikan
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

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 1
Debriefing Session

Photo of debriefing session 2
Debriefing Session

Photo of Shabu-shabu experience (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Shabu-shabu experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Voices from Participants

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

  • I think technology and pop culture are Japan’s strength and attractiveness. Their hospitality and humbleness are also one of their main points. But I think history is the most attractive points.
  • Japan’s strength is definitely the hospitality engraved into the culture of the Japanese. They always make sure the guests are comfortable and keep them in mind first such as homestay, high school visit, and restaurants in general.

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

  • Before the trip, my only reference for Japanese culture was from anime, manga and pop culture, but after homestaying with Japanese family, I realize something applies but there is a deeper, fuller culture to the Japanese family orientation than what a pop culture can show.
  • At first Japanese people were very strict and serious, but now after the homestay, the people here are pretty cool with us.

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

  • I would like to learn more about the language. Staying with a host family made me realize how much I already knew, but I still like to know more. I also want to know more about the culture.
  • Most importantly, I will work hard to learn more about Japanese language. I want to learn more about tea ceremony and how to make Japanese food. I wish to find an opportunity teaching English in Japan after I finish college.

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 plan to continue visiting Japan in my lifetime. I also plan to share my experience with people I encounter in the future. I will also continue to keep in contact with my host family. They are awesome.
  • I will keep studying Japanese. I have already added my host family on SNS. So I will be able to talk with them and share and learn more. And show pictures from Japan to everyone I know and make them want to come.

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

  • I could not be more grateful! I have seen and done so many amazing new things, staying with very kind host family and traditional Japanese hotel. Interacting with Japanese people and coming to a new country have opened my heart and mind. I am so proud and glad to be part of this newly formed bridge between Japan and America.
  • I would like to thank the KAKEHASHI Project very much for allowing me to see, feel and experience new things. This is something I will cherish forever. I have come in contact with people who although cannot speak English, they still become special to me. I am inspired truly. I will take many Japanese customs back to the US with me and share them with my family such as recycling, being efficient and healthy.

We received a wonderful gift from Creekview High School.

Photo of a wonderful gift from Creekview High School 1

Photo of a wonderful gift from Creekview High School 2

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