"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Fairfax County Public Schools Lake Braddock Secondary School, Hayfield Secondary School, South Lakes High School (Virginia)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Fairfax County Public Schools
(Lake Braddock Secondary School, Hayfield Secondary School, South Lakes High School), Virginia

Period: July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Kawagoe Town (Mie District), Mie 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 Electric Power Museum "Tera46" (Learning about Japanese local environmental actions)
Visit to Electric Power Museum “Tera46”
(Learning about Japanese local environmental actions)

Photo of school exchange at Mie Prefectural Kawagoe High School
School exchange at Mie Prefectural
Kawagoe High School

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

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

Photo of moving to Tokyo by a bullet train (Experiencing cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Moving to Tokyo by a bullet train
(Experiencing 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 at Tokyo Toy Museum (Japanese cultural experience)
Visit to Tokyo Toy Museum
(Japanese cultural experience)

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

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 1
Debriefing Session

Photo of debriefing session 2
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan is very innovative yet at the same time manages to preserve its long-standing culture and history. It is amazing that Japan is working harder to become eco-friendly, and I saw this all over Japan. People here are very open and accepting.
  • I think Japan’s strengths would be the friendliness of its people, its cool sights, good food, and fun activities.

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

  • Many Japanese people know English than I thought. After these 10 days, I also realized that Japanese students/adults are also not as shy and reserved than I thought.
  • My perspective changed for the better; being here, this country exceeded my expectations. I see this country as one that really values tradition but also is very creative in innovations.

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

  • Though we did a homestay in Mie, I want to learn more about the daily life of a person in Japan (i.e. without a hosted student). In addition, I would like to compare the variety of different lifestyles in Japan, or someone in rural area probably lives much differently than someone in the middle of Japan.
  • I would love to learn more of Japan’s history and also improve my Japanese language skills so I can better my communication with Japanese during my hopeful visits to Japan in the future.

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?

  • To deepen my understanding of the Japanese language, I’d like to continue learning about Japanese language and culture, as well as possibly studying abroad here. I will also definitely keep in touch with my host family.
  • I will continue to study Japanese and seek opportunities to get involved in projects and volunteer work promoting Japan. After this trip, I have begun to consider and seek a career in international relations. I will certainly look forward to hosting exchange students especially from Japan.

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

  • The homestay was so much fun and allowed me to have a relaxing time. I created a friendship I will not forget! I wish I could have stayed longer at the homestay and been able to observe classes in Japanese high school! The program was a great opportunity!
  • This was such an amazing experience and I wish it was longer. At first I was worried about the homestay and a little nervous, but that was actually my favorite part of the program. It gave me the greatest understanding of the culture. I love this trip so much. Such of the best days of my life. I wish the homestay was longer through, but overall great trip. This trip also makes me want to study Japan in college and perhaps live here in the future.

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