"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Rampart High School (Colorado)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (High School Students)
Rampart High School, Colorado

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

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 courtesy call on the Mayor of Shingu City,Michitoshi Taoka
Courtesy call on the Mayor of Shingu City,
Michitoshi Taoka

Group photo taken at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School
School exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School

Photo of school exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School (Japanese calligraphy experience)
School exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School (Kyudo, Japanese Archery, experience)
School exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School
(Kyudo, Japanese Archery, experience)

Photo of school exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School (Heian costume experience)
School exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School
(Heian costume experience)

Group photo of school exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School (Heian costume experience)
School exchange at Wakayama Prefectural Shingu High School
(Heian costume experience)

Photo taken at Kumano Kodo (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Kumano Kodo
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo taken at Nachi Waterfall (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Nachi Waterfall
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

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)

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 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?

  • I think Japan is attractive because of the wonderful people and attitude everyone has. All the people are so kind. Japan has a wonderful combination of old culture and new ideas.
  • Japan is a beautiful country. It is very hospitable and the people are incredibly genuine. Japan is the perfect mix of an urban and rural environment where both nature and business thrive.

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

  • It didn’t, but it strengthened what I had already thought of Japan. I love it. Japan is such a great place whether you go to a small town or a large city like Tokyo.
  • Originally I came with the historic knowledge of Japan and did not really have the image of what a modern Japan looked like. But with this project aided to see how modern Japan exists and how their historical background blends into daily life.

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 Japanese fashion. The industry here is booming. Everyone dresses so well.
  • I would like to learn more about becoming a part of the Japanese workforce and programs available to me to help me get back to Japan.

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 plan to study Informational Business Administration in University which includes a study abroad, which I plan to do here at the University of Tokyo.
  • I will share all my experiences and photos with my family and friends to help them understand what it was like to be in Japan. I plan on keeping in touch with my homestay family as well.

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

  • I loved this program and the opportunity to come into Japan. The program was amazingly organized and all of the attractions were wonderful. I enjoyed all aspects of Japan that we experienced. Japan inspired me a lot and I know wish to come back to Japan and live there.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project has been an amazing opportunity and experience for me. I appreciated being able to see the cultural and traditional aspects including temples and my experience in the homestay. I was also able to try different kinds of food and look at Japanese media, technology, fashion, and more. I appreciated going to Shingu and getting to see and understand Japanese daily life including school, clubs, and what they do in their spare time.

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