"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: The University of Alabama (Alabama)

Invitation in July 2014

University Students Group 6
The University of Alabama (Alabama)

Period:July 28 - August 7
Local Visit Destination:Ibaraki
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation 1
Orientation

Photo of Orientation 2
Orientation

Photo of Tokyo National Museum (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Senso-ji (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Senso-ji
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Asakusa (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Ibaraki Prefectural Government Office 1
Ibaraki Prefectural Government Office

Photo of Ibaraki Prefectural Government Office 2
Ibaraki Prefectural Government Office

Photo of CYBERDYNE Studio (Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology
CYBERDYNE Studio
(Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology)

Photo of School exchange at University of Tsukuba 1
School exchange at University of Tsukuba

Photo of School exchange at University of Tsukuba 2
School exchange at University of Tsukuba

Photo of Ink painting reproduction (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Ink painting reproduction
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Historical paths (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Historical paths
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of JAXA Tsukuba Space Center (Tsukuba Science Tour)
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
(Tsukuba Science Tour)

Photo of Science Square TSUKUBA (Tsukuba Science Tour)
Science Square TSUKUBA
(Tsukuba Science Tour)

Photo of The Science Museum of Map and Survey (Tsukuba Science Tour) 1
The Science Museum of Map and Survey
(Tsukuba Science Tour)

Photo of The Science Museum of Map and Survey (Tsukuba Science Tour) 2
The Science Museum of Map and Survey
(Tsukuba Science Tour)

Photo of Fukuroda Falls (Nature experience)
Fukuroda Falls
(Nature experience)

Photo of National Diet Building (Learning about Japanese society)
National Diet Building
(Learning about Japanese society)

Photo of Meiji Jingu (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Meiji Jingu
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Harajuku 1
Harajuku

Photo of Harajuku 2
Harajuku

Photo of NHK Broadcasting Center
NHK Broadcasting Center

Photo of Edo-Tokyo Museum (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Edo-Tokyo Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology) 1
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology)

Photo of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology) 2
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology)

Photo of Debriefing session
Debriefing session

Photo of Presentation of certificate
Presentation of certificate

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan’s major strength, in my opinion, is technological innovation, particularly when it comes to robotics and environment. Additionally, I think the aspect of group-oriented thinking helps foster a sense of compassion and empathy for other human beings. Lastly the pop culture is incredibly attractive to foreigners… this likely being due to its uniqueness in comparison to the rest of the world.
  • Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, I have been introduced in Japan’s strengths, technology, cultural heritage and natural beauty. The greatest strength of Japan in my opinion however, is its people. Everywhere we went, we were welcomed. People were enthusiastic in helping us and guiding us. Their kindness and generosity made the trip extremely special.

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

  • Having seen a lot of Japanese media, from movies and animations to translation of novels, I thought I had a really good idea of what I thought of Japan was all about, but these past nine days have shown me that there is still much I want to know about Japan and its people and their culture. My perspective has grown a lot but it still has long way to go.
  • I was expecting to feel like a fish out of water, speaking no Japanese and never having related to the “Cool Japan” movement, but at every turn I found myself to be welcomed and accommodated. The culture and people made me feel welcome and at ease with my surroundings. The city of Tokyo absolutely mesmerized me in its diversity of attractions and in its immense size. I see Japan as a nation able to conquer any problem it is faced with.

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

  • I would love to spend more time researching and following Japan’s current and future scientific and technological advances, because I believe these discoveries will be highly useful in an elementary class room. Also, I would like to continue building my knowledge about Japan’s history, in order to accurately provide this information to my future students, and I would love to use Erin’s Challenge! to speak Japanese fluently.
  • I wish keep studying the language and look into any possibilities to study abroad and increase my involvement with Japanese exchange students in the U.S. I also need to look into Japan’s future plans for power generation and the private sector’s growth.

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 create a blog with pictures and descriptions of our time here to show people how fun and interesting visiting Japan is. I plan to keep in touch with the students we met at Tsukuba University to stay connected with what is happening in Japan, and to update them on what is happening in the U.S. I plan to tell all the friends and family about the trip in hopes that it will inspire them to travel here and further serve as bridges in the U.S.-Japan relationship.
  • I will make more efforts to participate in events that promote international relationships. I would like to possibly reach out to exchange students at the University of Alabama and join clubs that promote such activities.

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

  • Throughout the project I had the opportunities to experience a number of amazing places and sights. While the days were often very full, they were fun and educational. I especially enjoyed the moments in which we were allowed to explore, as it often allowed a deeper glance into Japan. Thank you for its experiences.
  • A whirlwind trip filled with culture, food and adventure. Truly getting to see and experience parts of Japan that I may not have it if I did not take part in the KAKEHASHI Project. Such an amazing opportunity to learn more about Japan and even yourself.

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