"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Riverwood International Charter School (Georgia)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (High School Students)
Riverwood International Charter School, Georgia

Period: July 15 - 25, 2013
Local Visit Destination: Saga City, Saga Prefecture
Number of Participants: 18

Tour Photo Album

Photo of orientation
Orientation

Photo of orientation (Lecture on Japanese language)
Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese language)

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 Saga Castle History Museum (Learning about Japanese history of the local area)
Visit to Saga Castle History Museum
(Learning about Japanese history of the local area)

Photo of courtesy call at Saga Prefectural Government Office
Courtesy call at Saga Prefectural Government Office

Photo of school exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School (Kendo experience)
School exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School
(Kendo experience)

Photo of school exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School (Japanese calligraphy experience)
School exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School
(Japanese calligraphy experience)

Photo of school exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School (Exchange meeting)
School exchange at Saga Prefectural Chienkan Senior High School
(Exchange meeting)

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo of Okonomiyaki experience (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Okonomiyaki experience
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo of school exchange at Saga University
School exchange at Saga University

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)

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

Group photo taken at the airpot (Returning home)
Returning home

Voices from Participants

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

  • The Japanese excel in providing accommodating service and often show dedication in what they choose to do. I also experienced how polite they are and can be supportive of others especially if they aid others. This, I learned, is the group mentality of obtaining harmony in their many situations. They can balance themselves accordingly something that I admire.
  • Politeness and precision in work are some of the greatest strengths of the people. The country itself is attractive due to the diverse geography.

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

  • First I thought that Japan was super serious and that people didn’t really talk to you much, but now I realize this isn’t so.
  • I suppose I further understood how location correlates with one’s experience while in Japan. Tokyo in comparison to Saga is really a different world entirely, and depending when you go greatly impacts your experience.

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

  • I definitely want to learn more about Japanese language so that can become fluent. I would like to live in a small town like Saga.
  • Although I know a fair amount already, I would like to know more about history and politics in Japan. It is said that discussing politics, history and law, making fun of them is forbidden. So I would like to learn more about why this is (beyond the obvious, of course).

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 start to look up on Japan’s natural aspects such as gardens and parks as well as more historic aspects such as Meiji Shrine to appreciate the beauty of it.
  • I will return to Japan to attend college at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan. From here, I can educate myself, academically in a familiar environment of a US campus but also be surrounded by Japanese influence and culture. Culture, I feel is what I would like to learn more about to further perspective of Japan and thusly, the world.

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

  • I was a little disappointed that Tokyo was more foreign than Japanese, but with everything in it, it was still Japanese and beautiful. However, when I went to Saga, the turn color of Japan shine. It was amazing, family was amazing. I learned so much there and my interest grew two folds. Everything was great, I wish I had more time for everything, but I will come back, and try to learn more about all the islands, hopefully.
  • I had never eaten Japanese food before this trip. But I feel as if this trip partially, if not fully, broke the psychological wall that was hindering me from fully experiencing culture through cuisine. I would like to extend personal thank you for that. Also, the people I came into contact with here were fantastic, whether it was a host brother or an exchange student studying at a Japanese university.

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