"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Grant High School and Roosevelt High School (Oregon)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (High School Students)
Grant High School and Roosevelt High School, Oregon

Period: July 15 - 25, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Sakurai City/Takaichi District, Nara Prefecture
Number of Participants: 25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of orientation
Orientation

Group 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 courtesy call at Nara Prefectural Government Office
Courtesy call at Nara Prefectural Government Office

Photo of lecture about Nara Prefecture (Learning about Japanese local area)
Lecture about Nara Prefecture
(Learning about Japanese local area)

Photo taken at Todai Temple (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit to Todai Temple
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo taken at Sharp Technology Innovation Museum (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan and Japanese local industries)
Visit to Sharp Technology Innovation Museum
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan and Japanese local industries)

Group photo of school exchange at Nara Prefectural Takatori Kokusai High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Nara Prefectural Takatori Kokusai High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of school exchange at Nara Prefectural Takatori Kokusai High School(Welcome ceremony)
School exchange at Nara Prefectural Takatori Kokusai High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of School exchange at Nara Prefectural Sakurai High School (Japanese tea ceremony experience)
School exchange at Nara Prefectural Sakurai High School
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo of School exchange at Nara Prefectural Sakurai High School (Welcome ceremony)
School exchange at Nara Prefectural Sakurai High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of homestay experience 1
Homestay experience

Photo of homestay experience 2
Homestay experience

Photo taken at Daiwa House Industry Central Research Laboratory (Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan and Japanese local industries)
Visit to Daiwa House Industry Central Research Laboratory
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan and Japanese local industries)

Photo of 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)

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?

  • Besides having gorgeous buildings and landscapes, the service/politeness and general cleanliness is a massive strength, especially in comparison to America. Also the proficiency of the high school students and value of education. It is a high desirable asset.
  • I believe Japan’s strength lie with its people. They have the utmost respect for people of all walks of life and also their living environment. Two things we struggle to achieve in the United States. It is attractive to me mainly because of its culture and how I know so very little about it.

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

  • I was able to actually experience Japanese lifestyle, culture and many other things. This trip has made me come to appreciate Japan more and all it has to offer.
  • I definitely came here with a lot of stereotypes in my head. But now I know there is more to Japan than “strict adults”, anime/manga, and “clones”. They are a strong society, very intellectual and friendly society, with so much devotion to their beautiful country.

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

  • I want to develop my Japanese language skills but mostly I want to learn more about sustainability and “green” projects in Japan. I would like to see how local companies and manufactures are helping.
  • I want to learn more about the way they run their schools. I feel like schools in America lack the community and unison of Japanese schools. I want to take aspects of Japanese schools and apply them to my own high school.

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?

  • Definitely bring back the positive experiences with me to the U.S. and share with friends and family. Also encourage more studying abroad and building global communities within the youth. The youth is our future, and if we want the JP-US relationship to be stronger in time, we have to continue having an interest and an education now.
  • I want to continue studying Japanese language and culture, and study abroad then teach English in Japan. I will tell community of my adventures in Japan, and encourage classmates to study abroad as well as try to promote Japanese language courses in public high schools. I also intend to observe more Japanese media from now on.

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

  • My experience was amazing. I feel that my life has been changed. I want to study and work harder so I can return. (I also want to eat healthier.) I now strongly want to apply to study abroad in Japan next summer through my university. The homestay portion of the project brought it all together. Living with a Japanese family deepened my comprehension and made Japan my home. I want to teach English in Japan after college so that someday Japanese students may visit America. I am so glad I took Japanese my junior and senior year.
  • The historical areas we visited amazed me. The things I saw cannot be seen anywhere else. When we saw the Sharp museum in Nara prefecture, I was surprised by the advanced technology Japan has. It made me want to work in Japan in this area. My most memorable experience would have to be my homestay. Despite the small language barrier I connected with people that I have never met. I think there will be a lifelong relationship with my host family. Thank you for giving me this opportunity KAKEHASHI Project.

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