"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Hall-Dale High School (Maine)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Hall-Dale High School, Maine

Period:July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination:Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Number of Participants: 23

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 lecture on attractiveness of Sendai City (Learning about Japanese local area)
Lecture on attractiveness of Sendai City
(Learning about Japanese local area)

Photo of lecture on infrastructure development 1: Sendai City Transportation Bureau (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Lecture on infrastructure development:
Sendai City Transportation Bureau
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of lecture on infrastructure development 2 : Sendai City Transportation Bureau (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Lecture on infrastructure development:
Sendai City Transportation Bureau
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of lecture on infrastructure development 3: Sendai City Transportation Bureau (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Lecture on infrastructure development:
Sendai City Transportation Bureau
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of school exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School (Participating in a class)
School exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School
(Participating in a class)

Photo of school exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of school exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School (Zen meditation experience)
School exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School
(Zen meditation experience)

Photo of school exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School (Karate experience)
School exchange at Seiwa Gakuen High School
(Karate experience)

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo taken at Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd. 1  (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd. 2  (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd. 3  (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Johsen Sendai Miso Shoyu Co., Ltd.
(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 DiverCity Tokyo Plaza (Learning about 'Cool Japan')
Visit to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
(Learning about ‘Cool 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

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 all of the people in Japan are very friendly, helpful and inviting. That makes Japan very tourist friendly and more the trip very enjoyable. Japan also has a rich vibrant culture unlike any other country through the world.
  • The level of respect and courtesy is incredible, and I was glad to have such a positive atmosphere.

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

  • Before visiting I had heard different stereotypes about Japanese people. But while visiting Japan, I found that none of them were true. I’ll go back to the US with many wonderful stories.
  • When I first came, I thought of Japan as just one giant city with lots of advertisement but having stayed and learned about its traditions and culture, now it is more like a very beautiful place that dates back very far.

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

  • I want to learn more about kyudo (Japanese archery), school life, language, kimono, music (enka, J-pop, J-rock), fashion, manga, anime and architecture.
  • The aspect of Japan I wish to learn more about after returning to America are the disaster prevention measures being taken in rebuilding the coast. The homestay visit to destroyed area and subsequent rebuilding plan are humble and fascinating. The plans for the future to prevent such destruction are some of the most important and I had the opportunity to see them by visiting Sendai City.

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 speak out against negative stereotypes and mistruths about the earthquakes and tsunami situation.
  • I’ll show my friends and family, pictures of Japan and tell them stories. Also I plan to become an English-Japanese translator in the future.

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

  • Amazing! KAKEHASHI Project has been an incredible experience and I feel incredibly lucky. Thank you for this opportunity, I extremely appreciative that my small town in Maine had the chance to see this wonderful part of our world!
  • I greatly enjoyed and appreciated the KAKEHASHI Project. Without the support of the project, I would have missed out on the opportunity to visit Japan. Thank you very much for an amazing stay!

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