"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Essex High School (Vermont)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Essex High School (Vermont)

Period:July 8 - 17
Local Visit Destination:Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture
Number of Participants:24

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

Photo of Senso-ji (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 1
Senso-ji
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Senso-ji (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 2
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 Zenko-ji (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Zenko-ji
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Matsumoto Castle (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 1
Matsumoto Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Matsumoto Castle (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 2
Matsumoto Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Ishiimiso (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Ishiimiso
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of The Salt Road Chojiya (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
The Salt Road Chojiya
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Happo-One (Learning about Japanese local nature)
Happo-One
(Learning about Japanese local nature)

Photo of Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium
Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium

Photo of School exchange at Hakuba High School 1
School exchange at Hakuba High School

Photo of School exchange at Hakuba High School 2
School exchange at Hakuba High School

Photo of Zen meditation experience (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 1
Zen meditation experience
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Zen meditation experience (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 2
Zen meditation experience
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Ome Sogo High School 1
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Ome Sogo High School

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Ome Sogo High School 2
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Ome Sogo High School

Photo of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology)
Tokyo Institute of Technology
(Learning about Japanese cutting-edge technology)

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

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

Photo of Debriefing session 3
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

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

  • The people here are very nice. They listen to our request and to our problems. They always try their best to answer to our problems.
  • I believe that Japan's strengths and attractiveness greatly lie in its culture, because they are exactly what makes it so different and alluring to people of the U.S..

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

  • Before, I thought Japan as exotic and untouchable, but I felt at home here and I really liked it. Being in one of the largest cities in the world, I did not feel Tokyo was dangerous unlike big cities in other countries. Japan is very safe.
  • My perspective of Japanese food was changed. It really blew me away how much food I liked here. Even trying new things ended up being my favorite.

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

  • I would love to learn more about the language, culture and its economic power.
  • I want to learn more about the language, in order to better understand the speech and to read more of the writings.

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 continually host students and show my family and friends pictures of the beautiful areas.
  • I will promote study abroad experiences amongst my fellow students.

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

  • Being able to see different aspects of Japanese culture, both old and new, was an incredible experience. I loved being able to experience the sights and smell. I also loved being able to taste the many native dishes.
  • I love Japan. Visiting a wide array of things was very nice (temples, city, homestay, schools, etc.). Everybody did a fantastic job rescheduling and it was a blast. I will hopefully come back and study abroad in college.

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