"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Elkins Pointe Middle School (Georgia)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Elkins Pointe Middle School (Georgia)

Period:July 8 - 17
Local Visit Destination:Echizen City, Fukui 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 Courtesy Call at Fukui Prefectural Government Office
Courtesy Call at Fukui Prefectural Government Office

Photo of Yokokan Garden (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Yokokan Garden
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Fukui Prefectural Takefu Higashi Senior High School
School exchange at Fukui Prefectural Takefu Higashi Senior High School

Photo of Echizen Washi Village (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Echizen Washi Village
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Rice cake making (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Rice cake making
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Urushi no Sato Kaikan (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Urushi no Sato Kaikan
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Homestay
Homestay

Photo of Takefu Knife Village (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Takefu Knife Village
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Mitaka Secondary School
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Mitaka Secondary School

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
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

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

  • The attractiveness would have to be the people who actually live in Japan. The people of Japan are so nice and sweet. They make you feel like back at home.
  • One strong point is definitely adherence to old customs and traditions that generate a respect for the past and more sincere mannerisms.

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

  • Japan has so many things to offer! I thought Japan was just filled with high-tech things, but in reality it has a lot of countryside. Japan is more beautiful than I thought.
  • I found out that Japanese kids are very talkative and are not shy. I loved Japan so much more as a result of this trip.

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

  • I want to learn more of Japanese people and culture, because it's very different and I also want to learn how Japan is so efficient.
  • I would like to learn more about the music and culture, and maybe revisit in different seasons to see how Japanese culture changes throughout the year.

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 create a video to promote the KAKEHASHI Project and visiting Japan.
  • I am uploading a blog series to the internet documenting each day of my journey, I also share my gifts with friends and family and perhaps take them here someday.

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

  • My favorite part of the trip is the homestay. It was very cool to experience home life in Japan and be able to wake up on tatami mat and have a traditional breakfast. I really have to come again soon.
  • I love this country, and wish I did not have to leave. I believe that a bridge is not needed for the U.S. and Japan; we are one; like family.

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