"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Harvest Christian Academy (Guam)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Harvest Christian Academy, Guam

Period: July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of first Japanese dinner in Japan (Learning about Japanese food culture)
First Japanese dinner in Japan
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo of orientation
Orientation

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 school exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School
School exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School

Photo of school exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School (Star festival experience)
School exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School
(Star festival experience)

Photo of school exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto Nishi High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo takn at Kumamoto Castle (Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Visit to Kumamoto Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of courtesy call at Kumamoto City Hall
Courtesy call at Kumamoto City Hall

Photo of school exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto High School (Japanese drums experience)
School exchange at Kumamoto Prefectural Kumamoto High School
(Japanese drums experience)

Photo of handicraft experience with a host family
Handicraft experience with a host family

Photo of school exchange at Kumamoto Gakuen University
School exchange at Kumamoto Gakuen University

Photo taken at Suizenji Jojuen Park (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Suizenji Jojuen Park
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

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)

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 of debriefing session
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • The Japanese architecture and culture are an excellent mix of old tradition and cutting edge technology. I love Japan. It’s awesome.
  • I think the main strength and attractiveness of the Japanese is their friendliness and their encouragement for you to reach success even in the small things. They push you to do your best and I admire that. I love their outgoingness in trying to bring others into their culture.

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

  • I have never desired to live in Japan until the homestay. I’ve always wanted to go to an American university until I’ve gone through this project. This project made me want to study abroad and not just stay in one place. It made me realize that there are so much to experience out there in this world.
  • I am now very interested in returning to Kumamoto to spend a year studying abroad or even living there for a while. I wish to deeply study the language and learn even more about the culture.

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

  • I’d like to learn more about the history of Japan and pop culture.
  • I really regret not taking Japanese class in my previous years of high school. As I return home, I’d really like to spend time learning more of the language, because I’ve had so much fun learning while here.

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 would encourage others to come and visit Japan. I am also planning to help people in Kumamoto learn English, so that they can communicate better with tourists.
  • I will tell others of my personal, first-hand experience of living in Japan, touring, and homestaying. I will tell them to try to go to Japan and see for themselves how wonderful Japan is.

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

  • This project will forever change my view on Japan. To be honest, I wasn’t really “in love” with Japan until after arriving. It was such an amazing experience that I’m very thankful I got to be a part of this project. This project has allowed me to experience things I may have never been able to without this program. I’ve also created many friendships with both Japanese and American students.
  • I had a great time here in Japan through the KAKEHASHI Project. The school visits and the homestay were my favorite parts. I also really enjoyed the Japanese food. This whole trip has been a wonderful experience and I wish to come back soon.

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