"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Arizona State University (Arizona)

Invitation in July 2014

University Students Group 6
Arizona State University (Arizona)

Period:July 28 - August 7
Local Visit Destination:Miyagi
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 School exchange at Tohoku University 1
School exchange at Tohoku University

Photo of School exchange at Tohoku University 2
School exchange at Tohoku University

Photo of Courtesy call on Miyagi Prefectural Government 1
Courtesy call on Miyagi Prefectural Government

Photo of Courtesy call on Miyagi Prefectural Government 2
Courtesy call on Miyagi Prefectural Government

Photo of School exchange at Tohoku University 3
School exchange at Tohoku University

Photo of School exchange at Tohoku University 4
School exchange at Tohoku University

Photo of Minami-Sanriku storyteller lecture (Learning about disaster prevention)
Minami-Sanriku storyteller lecture
(Learning about disaster prevention)

Photo of Interaction with local people at Hikorono-sato 1
Interaction with local people at Hikorono-sato

Photo of Interaction with local people at Hikorono-sato 2
Interaction with local people at Hikorono-sato

Photo of Cutting paper (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Cutting paper
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Oizen-Kamaboko, Tome factory (Learning about local industry)
Oizen-Kamaboko, Tome factory
(Learning about local industry)

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
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)
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 has a very strong history and culture yet also maintains a strong focus on science, technology and future. Japan has a strong economy and offers many business opportunities. Its architecture reflects its long history and the many influences upon Japan while still remaining distinct and captivating.
  • During my stay something that amazed is the sense of the community in Japan.
    The people of Japan share an unbelievable amount of solidarity in the face of incredible adversity. Everyone I met has shown such kindness and it really enforces this sense of community.

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

  • This trip made Japan and the Japanese people more real and familiar to me. In spite of being a people and a place far away, we both feel familiar and known. I have a much better understanding of US-Japanese relations and history, too.
  • Going to where the Tsunami hit was the most impactful event. Did not realize how devastating it was and so I was glad to do some shopping in the area to help those still in the temporary housing.

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

  • I am really interested in learning more about Japanese innovation in robotics, which I was able to see more at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In the future I hope to be working in robotics, so Japan’s cutting-edge technology is really attractive to me. In addition, as I hope to return in the future I would like to learn more about the language.
  • While I will definitely continue to read manga and watch anime, I have become very interested in the language itself and wish to learn more about its culture and society. Hopefully I will be able to connect with the Japanese exchange students at Arizona State University and continue to strengthen the relationships I have created here.

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?

  • Share about my trip with friends and families. I can make a film about Japan. I hope to promote Japan’s strength and culture by incorporating things I have learned here in my music, art, and film. Attend cultural events at Arizona State University. Continue to connect through technology (and hopefully future visit!) with the people I met here in Japan.
  • To help deepen understanding of the average people in the U.S. on Japan’s strength, I will share the experiences and personal understanding of the Japanese culture and history with as many people as possible. To resolve any confusion and misunderstanding of history. I will encourage and advise to people on culture and traveling to Japan, and hopefully I would open up the perspective on the country.

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

  • It was a beautiful experience that cannot be actually expressed in the next three inches paper. So more than anything I would like to thank the KAKEHASHI project. Had the trip not been paid and well organized, I would have never had this opportunity. It was very life changing and I will share my experience everyone I know. I look forward to returning one day.
  • This trip was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I loved experiencing different culture and learning about Japan and the Japanese people. My world viewed was opened and changed. I am definitely interested in learning more about Japan based on Museum visits and time spent with tsunami and earthquake victims.

[Contact Us]

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