“KAKEHASHI Project” Invitation: Katy Group (Students from Cinco Ranch High School, Katy High School, Morton Ranch High School, Seven Lakes High School) (Texas)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Katy Group (Students from Cinco Ranch High School, Katy High School, Morton Ranch High School, Seven Lakes High School) , Texas

Period:July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Odate City, Akita Prefecture
Number of Participants: 22

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 lecture on Odate City (Learning about Japanese local area)
Lecture on Odate City
(Learning about Japanese local area)

Photo of Kiritanpo cooking experience (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Kiritanpo cooking experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Eco Recycle Co., Ltd. (Learning about Japanese local environmental actions)
Visit to Eco Recycle Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese local environmental actions)

Photo of lecture on the life of Hachi, the faithful dog (Learning about Japanese local culture)
Lecture on the life of Hachi, the faithful dog
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo of Interacting with an Akita-Inu dog (Learning about Japanese local culture)
Interacting with an Akita-Inu dog
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Odate Jukai Dome (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Visit to Odate Jukai Dome
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of school exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School (Welcome ceremony)
School exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of school exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School (Participating in a chemistry class)
School exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School
(Participating in a chemistry class)

Group photo taken at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School (Japanese calligraphy experience)
School exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School  (Kendo experience)
School exchange at Akita Prefectural Odate Homei Senior High School
(Kendo experience)

Photo of Homestay experience  (BBQ)
Homestay experience
(BBQ)

Photo of lecture on Shirakami Mountains: A World Heritage Site (Learning about Japanese nature and culture)
Lecture on Shirakami Mountains: A World Heritage Site
(Learning about Japanese nature and culture)

Photo taken at the Sea of Japan, Hachimori Coast in Happo Town (Learning about Japanese local nature)
Visit to the Sea of Japan, Hachimori Coast in Happo Town
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo taken at Shirataki in Happo Town (Learning about Japanese local nature)
Visit to Shirataki in Happo Town
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo taken at Tomeyama of Shirakami Mountains (Learning about Japanese local nature)
Visit to Tomeyama of Shirakami Mountains
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

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 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 session
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • One of Japan's many strengths is its retention of traditional culture while it still moves forward in the modern age. Japan holds onto its roots and doesn't forget its heritage, but it's one of the most modern countries in the world, too. Because of this, Japan is an efficient and high-tech country, but also one full of traditions and history.
  • I think that Japan has many strengths and has a lot of things that are attractive about it. Japan's first strength is the kindness and morality of its people. I also believe that it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its culture is also very rich and deep.

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

  • I used to think Japan was all city-like and technology. I realize now that it is way more beautiful than I expected. I loved the mountains in Akita and how polite the people were. This experience was great and I would love to come back here again and visit my host family. I don't want to leave.
  • Initially I thought Japan as country filled with reserved people, where no one really talked to one another. However, this perspective changed dramatically when I realized that Japanese people are almost always willing to help someone in need. They are all very fun to be with and the difference between American people and Japanese people is not so big at all—in fact, we are all the same.

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

  • I would love to learn more about art, music and modern culture, and how it manifests itself in the U.S. I have already noticed some influences Japan is having and would like to discover the full extent of it.
  • I want to learn the language, relation and culture. I want to be able to have deep and meaningful interactions when I return 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?

  • I am most definitely going to share my experiences in Japan with others. In addition, when I am involved in business and politics, I would like to specialize in relations with Japan.
  • Spread awareness of the importance of the relationship between U.S. and Japan. We are the future and we really need to take into consideration this vital relationship. I hope to spread both the old and new cultures of Japan to my friends, family and community.

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

  • There was nothing more to desire. It was a great experience and I strongly agree as the only way to learn a culture is to be in it.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project has been nothing like I have ever experienced. This trip has taught me a lot about how Japan really is. And I have had an extremely fun time throughout this whole trip. I would not hesitate to come back here as soon as possible.

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