"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Timpview High School (Utah)

Invitation in July 2013

Short-term stay in Japan: Group 4 (High School Students)
Timpview High School, Utah

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

Tour Photo Album

Photo taken at Tsukiji Outer Market (Learning about Japanese food culture)
Visit to Tsukiji Outer Market
(Learning about Japanese food culture)

Photo taken at Zojoji, the main temple of Jodo shu of Buddhism (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Visit to Zojoji, the main temple of Jodo shu of Buddhism
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo taken at Tokyo Tower
Visit to Tokyo Tower

Photo taken at the North Observatory Deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building
Visit to the North Observatory Deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building.

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 talen at Houun temple (Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Visit to Houun temple
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of courtesy call on Deputy Mayor of Nakano City, Seiichi Yokota
Courtesy call on Deputy Mayor of Nakano City, Seiichi Yokota

Photo of painting experience at Japan Clay Dolls Museum in Nakano (Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Painting experience at Japan Clay Dolls Museum in Nakano
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of school exchange at Nagano Prefectural Nakano Nishi High School (Welcome ceremony)
School exchange at Nagano Prefectural Nakano Nishi High School
(Welcome ceremony)

Photo of school exchange at Nagano Prefectural Nakano Nishi High School (Kendo experience)
School exchange at Nagano Prefectural Nakano Nishi High School
(Kendo experience)

Photo taken at Seiryu Temple (Zen meditation experience)
Visit to Seiryu Temple
(Zen meditation experience)

Photo of homestay experience
Homestay experience

Photo of Bon festival dance at Yudanaka spa summer festival 1(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Bon festival dance at Yudanaka spa summer festival
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Photo of Bon festival dance at Yudanaka spa summer festival 2(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)
Bon festival dance at Yudanaka spa summer festival
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture of the local area)

Group photo taken at Jigokudani Yaen-koen (Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)
Visit to Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Experiencing Japanese local nature and culture)

Photo of having Kuriokowa lunch at Obuse main store of Chikufudo Co., Ltd. (Learning about Japanese local food culture and industries)
Having Kuriokowa lunch at Obuse main store of Chikufudo Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese local food culture and industries)

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 taken in Akihabara (Learning about 'Cool Japan')
Visit to Akihabara
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

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?

  • I feel the strengths are its economic strategy like pricing being final, Yen pricing being for the most part rounded. They are very efficient in all they do as well. The attractiveness ranges from person to person and age to age for us it’s probably the beauty, food, efficiency, manga, anime and other common interests.
  • I thought Japan served as a great fashion forward model for Americans. I was very impressed with the overall health of the Japanese people. The recycling program is also impressive. Another strength is that Japan is very clean and effective in all they do. The food is incredible!

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

  • It changed the way I viewed the people, I got to know them better and they’re all so great, and I learned to love and appreciate the beauty hidden everywhere in Japan, in the language, the people, the plants & animals, the insects & the places. It makes my studying have a purpose and I want to come back.
  • I thought people would be really reserved and cold, but many were warm and fun to be around. I love the differences between places like Nakano City and Tokyo.

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

  • I really like the history of all the shrines. But I also like the cool new things that Japanese have made.
  • I want to learn more about what school life is like. How their lives are like is the thing I would very much like to know about. I want to learn more about the ties the U.S. and Japan have together.

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 try to learn the different parts of Japan like different prefectures and all of that.
  • Continue to study the Japanese language as well as communicate with host student/family to help them learn English and understand America’s work ethics.

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

  • I have never been international before so it was so much fun to come here. I ‘ve studied Japanese for 2 years, so it was a lot of fun to be able to practice it out and be so immersed in it.
  • I think of it as such a blessing to be a part of the KAKEHASHI Project and being able to be in Japan. It made me see the possibilities of a future in Japan. Before, I thought it was hopeless for me to come, and then along came this opportunity and here I am. If there are means to go to Japan again, I will totally take it again. I loved staying here and can picture me living in Japan living my dreams and working hard for it.

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