"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Ridgewood High School (New Jersey)

Invitation in July 2014

High School Students Group 5
Ridgewood High School (New Jersey)

Period:July 8 - 17, 2014
Local Visit Destination:Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

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)
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 Meeting with host family
Meeting with host family

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

Photo of Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium
Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium

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

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

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchie High School 1
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchie High School

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchie High School 2
School exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchie High 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?

  • I think Japan is very clean and safe, first of all. Even though there were barely any trash cans, there are no litters on the ground. Also, all the people were happy and polite which made people around them happy too.
  • Japan's strengths are its people's efficiency and respectfulness as these traits allow Japan to prosper as a nation. Japan's attractiveness lies in its technological advancements and in its people.

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

  • Before this trip I imagined that Japan was filled with old historic buildings, temples and shrines. Now I realize Japan is much more than it was in the past. This country has evolved beautifully, and I now view Japan more modernly that I did so before.
  • I never realized how Japan's culture is so much less individualistic than ours. I now know better understand how a collective society can provide people with a better and cleaner ways of life.

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 technological aspects of Japan, particularly more about robotics (e.g. ASIMO). Another aspect I wish to learn more about is the religious differences between people in Japan.
  • After returning to the U.S., I want to learn more about the health and financial aspects of Japan because I am interested in accounting and health care.

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 write about Japan's positive aspects in my school's newspaper as well as local newspapers. I will encourage my friends and family to visit Japan. I will maintain contact with my new Japanese friends.
  • I will show my family and friends my photos of my trip. I will also recommend that my friends and family go to Japan.

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

  • I had an amazing experience participating in the KAKEHASHI Project. I loved Nagano, especially the homestay. I also really enjoyed spending time at Fuchie High School in Tokyo.
  • The homestay and school visit were amazing experience and really showed me the beauty of Japan's culture and people. My host parents were extremely kind and hospitable. The people at the school made us feel so welcome: everyone came out to see us arrive and leave, and everyone was very friendly.

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