"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Dr. Phillips High School (Florida)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (High School Students)
Dr. Phillips High School, Florida

Period: July 15 - 25, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture
Number of Participants: 24

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 Umihotaru (a parking area on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line) (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)
Visit to Umihotaru (a parking area on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line)
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Naritasan Shinsho Temple (Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Visit to Naritasan Shinsho Temple
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo taken in the historic area of Sawara Town (Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history of the local area)
Visit historic area of Sawara Town
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history of the local area)

Photo taken at the museum of festival float in Sawara (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit the museum of festival float in Sawara
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo taken at Namiki-Nakanosuke Shop (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit to Namiki-Nakanosuke Shop
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School (Experience making large sushi roll)
School exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School
(Experience making large sushi roll)

Photo of school exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School (Exchange meeting)
School exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School
(Exchange meeting)

Photo of School exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School (Experience making chopsticks)
School exchange at Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School
(Experience making chopsticks)

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

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

Photo of courtesy call at Urayasu City Hall (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
Courtesy call at Urayasu City Hall
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo taken at Dairen Temple in Urayasu (Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Visit to Dairen Temple in Urayasu
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo taken at Meiji Shrine (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Visit to Meiji Shrine
(Learning about Japanese traditional 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 Monjayaki experience (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Monjayaki experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken in Harajuku (Learning about 'Cool Japan')
Visit to Harajuku
(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 an exhibition titled "the Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori" at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)
Visit to an exhibition titled "the Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori" at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

Photo of Interactive session with Mr. Patrick Harlan, a member of the comedy duo called Pakkun Makkun
Interactive session with Mr. Patrick Harlan, a member of the comedy duo called Pakkun Makkun

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?

  • Efficiency: Transportation, etc.
    Cleanliness: There is no trash on the ground ever!
    Rich Culture: Japan has their history and culture well-preserved.
    Honesty: People are sincere + honest.
    Safety: Crime-rate is extremely low.
    Sincerity: Services are extremely polite + helpful.
    Progressive: Technology is quite advanced.
  • Japan definitely finds its strengths through its sincerity that the people have towards others and its thoughtfulness towards future generations when it comes to environmental friendliness. Not only this but their strong embrace in culture and tradition put them together.

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

  • My perspective of Japan changed dramatically. I came to Japan thinking everyone would be strict and conservative. But everyone was very kind and helpful and was not that different from Americans.
  • I was surprised at how different yet similar the people were. It was easy to find friends through similarities but the differences (like fashion and pop culture) were really interesting to me.

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

  • I would like to continue being immersed in Japanese culture and native speakers. The ten days I have spent in Japan feel like the equivalent of an entire year of study in the classroom. The other most beneficial aspect of the 10-day stay was the ability to see why Japanese culture is the way it is.
  • I want to continue learning Japanese language with a website of the Japan Foundation that was shown to us. Also I want to understand their religious aspects better through researching Buddhism and Shintoism.

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?

  • In my school’s international studies program we will have “Japan Night“ which is almost like a festival that shares interesting aspects of Japanese culture. I will also keep in touch with my new friends & host family and spread the word about the KAKEHASHI Project.
  • Through social media like Facebook, I hope not only to stay connected with my host family, but also to be able to spread the positive view of Japan I have newly developed. Also our school will host “Japan Night“ to engage the community in the cultural experiences we have acquired.

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

  • My favorite part of the project was meeting Japanese students my age and being able to relate to them as well as seeing how we do things differently. I have made many friends in just the one day we spent together and I wish I could be with them longer. I will definitely come back to Japan to visit my friends again.
  • My experience in Japan was like no other. I learned so much about the culture, both traditional and modern. I also realized how easily people from different cultures could build such strong friendship. My host family was truly the best and I had experiences I never thought I could have. The KAKEHASHI Project was so amazing!

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