"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Los Gatos High School (California)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Los Gatos High School (California)

Period:July 8 - 17
Local Visit Destination:Yokohama City, Kanagawa 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 School exchange at Kanagawa Prefectural Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies
School exchange at Kanagawa Prefectural Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies

Photo of Yokohama Archives of History (Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Yokohama Archives of History
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo ofCupnoodles Museum (Learning about Cool Japan)
Cupnoodles Museum
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo of Homestay
Homestay

Photo of Enoshima-jinja (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Enoshima-jinja
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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

Photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Komachi St. (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Komachi St.
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Kodaira High School
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Kodaira High School

Photo of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
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?

  • Japan is very wonderful. Everyone is very diligent, polite and positive. Some attractive qualities are Japan's pop culture, diversity in culture and its efficiency.
  • One of Japan's major strengths is the combination of the history and tradition with modern developments and culture. I feel that the strong presence of tradition keeps people in line with the values and identity of Japan, while the country progresses forward through pop culture and the economy.

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

  • My perspective of Japan did change when I came here. I used to view Japan as a country just full of smart business people, but I realized that it is so much more diverse than that. I have learned that the people here are amazing and wonderful.
  • Japan taught me that all people are the same beyond country or race. I learned that Japan has beautiful people.

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

  • I wish to learn more about the Japanese language. I would like to learn more Kanji. I also want to learn of the history.
  • I want to learn more about Japanese politics because I want to work internationally as a lawyer or ambassador. I also want to learn more about places to visit next time I come to Japan.

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 tell my family and friends about the great experience I had with the KAKEHASHI Project. Additionally I will keep in touch with Japanese friends and hopefully host them in my home in the U.S.
  • One of my biggest dreams is to be an English teacher in Japan. By being an English teacher in Japan, I would strengthen the relationship of Japan and the U.S. through communicational understanding.

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

  • It was absolutely amazing. I had so much fun talking to all the Japanese people, and practicing my Japanese skills. The homestay and school visiting experiences were unbelievably fun. I thought the natural beauty we encountered was stunning and I would like to come back. I was also really fascinated with all of the history we saw.
  • It was incredible. I learned more than I ever could have hoped to learn. I made new friends and experienced something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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