"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Ed W. Clark High School (Nevada)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Ed W. Clark High School (Nevada)

Period:July 8 - 17
Local Visit Destination:Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

Photo of Senso-ji (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Senso-ji
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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

Photo of Observation floor of the Gunma Prefectural Government Building
Observation floor of the Gunma Prefectural Government Building

Photo of Courtesy call on Mayor of Maebashi City
Courtesy call on Mayor of Maebashi City

Photo of Kokeshi painting experience (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Kokeshi painting experience
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Tanabata Festival (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Tanabata Festival
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Takasaki Municipal High School of Takasaki City University of Economics 1
School exchange at Takasaki Municipal High School of Takasaki City University of Economics

Photo of School exchange at Takasaki Municipal High School of Takasaki City University of Economics 2
School exchange at Takasaki Municipal High School of Takasaki City University of Economics

Photo of Homestay
Homestay

Photo of Oigami Onsen, Kanzanso (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Oigami Onsen, Kanzanso
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Fukiware falls (Experiencing Japanese nature)
Fukiware falls
(Experiencing Japanese nature)

Photo of Kashozan Miroku-ji (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Kashozan Miroku-ji
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Udon making experience at Takumi no sato (Learning about Japanese taditional culture)
Udon making experience at Takumi no sato
(Learning about Japanese taditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Mita Senior High School 1
School exchange at Mita Senior High School

Photo of School exchange at Mita Senior High School 2
School exchange at Mita Senior High School

Photo of Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

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 Harajuku (Learning about Cool Japan)
Harajuku
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo of Debriefing session 1
Debriefing session

Photo of Debriefing session 2
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

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

  • Economy is strong. Hospitality. A lot of helpful people. Good food. Reasonable prices. Technology.
  • Anime. Advanced toilets. Architecture. Its people and their friendliness. Vending machines. Food. The cuteness of objects. Prefecture mascots. Tourist locations. Scenery.

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

  • I would always view Japan through my thoughts of Tokyo being a big and bustling city. But through this project, I saw the beauty of the countryside with its waterfalls and outstanding shrines.
  • Japan is more clean and eco-friendly than I thought it would be. Also Japan and the people of Japan are friendlier than I imagined.

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

  • I want to learn more about the culture and the language in general. Going to temples and museums had made me feel that I wanted to learn more about Buddhism. I also wanted to study more about the culture even before this trip.
  • Wow, I do not want to go back. I would say, I will eat more Japanese food and continue my studies of the language. I will also look for in depth into of the culture, geography and history and continue watching anime and reading manga respectively.

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 study in Japanese Class at Clark High School. The research, along with interest in Japan, will help me go in depth about Japan's unique culture and find out how Japan is so beautiful.
  • Tell friends of my experiences in Japan. Stay in contact with my host family. Continue to follow the culture. Watch more anime. Read more manga.

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

  • I was very happy to learn about the many aspects of daily teenage culture through my homestay and visiting two high schools. I feel I have made many friends and gained a lot more knowledge about a culture that has interested me for years. This whole experience has changed my life for the better. Thank you for the once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project has been an unforgettable experience. I have met so many amazing people and learned a lot about Japanese culture. I am very grateful to have been a part of this program.

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