"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Richardson Independent School District Richardson High School, Lloyd V. Berkner High School (Texas)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 2 (High School Students)
Richardson Independent School District
(Richardson High School, Lloyd V. Berkner High School), Texas

Period: July 1 – 11, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Ogaki City, Gifu 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)

Group 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)

Group photo taken at Native District Hall in Ogaki (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit to Native District Hall in Ogaki
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo taken at Oku-no-Hosomichi Musubi-no-Chi Memorial Hall (Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)
Visit to Oku-no-Hosomichi Musubi-no-Chi Memorial Hall
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Group photo taken at Ogaki Castle (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Visit to Ogaki Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of school exchange at Gifu Prefectural Ogaki Kita Senior High School
School exchange at Gifu Prefectural Ogaki Kita Senior High School

Group photo taken at Gifu Prefectural Ogaki Kita Senior High School
School exchange at Gifu Prefectural Ogaki Kita Senior High School

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo taken at Ohashi Ryoki Ltd. (Learning about Japanese local industries)
Visit to Ohashi Ryoki Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

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 talen at Ramen Kokugikan (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Ramen Kokugikan
(Learning about Japanese food 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 debriefing session
Debriefing Session

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan is a remarkably strong nation from what I’ve seen on this trip. It’s clean, safe, efficient, and has a fast recovery process. Japan is a beautiful country with amazing tradition and pop culture.
  • Japan’s strength are its service and professionalism. No matter where you go, Japan’s attractiveness lie in its beautiful settings and kind citizens. Japan is also very unique compared to any other country. Manga, anime and transportation is definitely something other countries would envy.

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

  • Japan seems lot more interesting in ways of culture. Its history and way of preserving nature is fantastic.
  • It showed me that even though Japan is the center of technology advancement there is still some remains of older time before it. They still respect and remember old ways of how they live.

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

  • I want to learn more about Japanese language so that I may more easily communicate with Japanese people. I’d also want to learn more about martial arts, tea ceremony and Shintoism. I want to learn how to play karuta.
  • I want to learn more about the people’s traditional values and courtesy.

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 will communicate with others my perspective of Japanese culture and public outlook. Many of my friends are already somewhat interested in Japanese culture – mainly from Japanese pop culture and scientific understandings so I plan to relay what I’ve learned and go into depth during the discussion.
  • Without a doubt I will be talking about this experience and about Japan with all of my friends and family. I will also try my best to correct false perspectives people have of Japan.

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

  • I felt that my language skill improved and I not only was able to witness Japanese kindness and relationship, but also able to meet new people and create new friendship.
  • My experience in KAKEHASHI Project has been life changing. Through this project I was able to come and experience Japan for myself and has also able to stay with real Japanese people and attend school. I have bonds with Japanese people and my host family that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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