"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Paul Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Paul Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.)

Period:July 8 - 17
Local Visit Destination:Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture
Number of Participants:20

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)
Matsumoto Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Ishiimiso (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 1
Ishiimiso
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

Photo of Ishiimiso (Learning about Japanese traditional culture) 2
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 Rice cake making (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Rice cake making
(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 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 Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium
Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium

Photo of Farewell party with host family
Farewell party with host family

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Tachikawa Kokusai Secondary Education School
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Tachikawa Kokusai Secondary Education School

Photo of Meiji Jingu (Learning about Japanese traditional culture)
Meiji Jingu
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture)

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
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan's strengths are being organized, clean, nice atmosphere and being able to accommodate change. Japan's attractiveness is their many sites, the countryside with a lot of trees and the many nice people who helped us.
  • I think that one of Japan's strengths is its people. The people are nice and make you feel welcome. And some of the attractiveness is nature. The nature was wonderful.

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

  • Before I came to Japan I had so many stereotypes that were wrong. I thought all I was going to eat was fried rice and sushi but I had a variety of good foods.
  • Japan is very cultural. They really take care of the past, and everything they do involves the past. I thought Japan was more like a city but when we went to Nagano it was a country. It had fields and mountains.

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

  • I want to learn Japanese so that it would be easier to understand people when I get another chance to come back to Japan. I also want to learn more about their culture and tradition. I want to know how they were able to reserve them until now.
  • When I return to the U.S., I would love to learn more about the Japanese language. During the KAKEHASHI Project, there was much fun and many interesting people I wanted to talk to but there was a language barrier. So learning Japanese will help connect that bridge.

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?

  • What I will do to deepen the understanding of Japan's strengths and attractiveness are to come back more often here in Japan and to stay in touch with my host family. I will spread the word about the KAKEHASHI Project, and recommend it to my friends.
  • Honestly speaking, I wish every kid in Japan and the U.S. to experience each other's culture. I will talk about it and if others are thinking about going abroad, I will tell them about how wonderful Japan was. I will also try to come again because Japan is very big and I did not get to see everything in Japan.

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

  • Everyday we went to different cultural places to help us understand the history of Japan. We went to restaurants to try traditional food that we are not used to but opens your mind to new things. The people were very polite. They made sure we were very comfortable. I enjoyed my stay and hope to see you all again.
  • My experience in Japan was great. I did not expect to have so much fun. It was great getting to see and experience the Japanese culture. I would have liked to stay longer and do more things. I got to interact with other students who were also a part of the KAKEHASHI Project. I really enjoyed the Hakuba mountains. It helped me get a little not fully over my fear of heights.

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