"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program Group 1

Invitation in May 2014

Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program Group 1

Period:May 19 - May 29
Local Visit Destination:Kyoto
Number of Participants:25

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Harajuku
Harajuku
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo taken at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
(Wadaiko experience)

Photo taken at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
(Learning about Japanese local industry)

Photo of School exchange at Doshisha University
School exchange at Doshisha University

Photo taken at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Fushimi Inari Taisha
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Tofuku-ji
Tofuku-ji
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Maisendo
Maisendo
Japanese local traditional craftsmanship experience)

Photo taken in Gion
Gion
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Shunkoin Temple
Shunkoin Temple
(Zen meditation and tea ceremony experience)

Photo taken at Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Group photo taken at Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at Meiji Gakuin Archives of History
Meiji Gakuin Archives of History
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Sengakuji
Sengakuji
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of School exchange at Meiji Gakuin University
School exchange at Meiji Gakuin University

Photo taken at Maioka Park
Maioka Park
(Learning about Japanese nature)

Photo taken at Japanese Overseas Migration Museum JICA Yokohama
Japanese Overseas Migration Museum JICA Yokohama
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at IBM Japan
IBM 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?

  • To me, the things that contribute to the attractiveness of Japan were how nice the people are, the great tasting food, and that even in a bustling modern city like Tokyo, there is still quite a bit of greenery. Japan's strengths are, but not limited to, a great technological industry and how many people treat others the way they would like to be treated.
  • Japan is a place where you find a unique intersection between tradition and modern innovation. I think this makes it a very attractive place. There is a sense of traditional values which is very strong - people are well-mannered and polite, and place a great deal of emphasis on detail. This makes their work and hospitality of the highest quality. On the other hand, Japan also offers modern conveniences and innovations, which helps contribute to a high living standard. The strong sense of tradition, paired with a modern outlook makes Japan successful and its country attractive to others.

2.How did you change your perspective of Japan through this project?

  • Before this project, most of my information about Japan had come from pop culture, especially from modern Hollywood movies. I will admit that I had a pretty stereotyped view of Japan from those films. However, I feel as if the KAKEHASHI Project has deepened my understanding of the people, culture and economics. I managed to get rid of a lot of the Hollywood stereotypes and replace it with actual experiences.
  • When starting this journey I thought of Japan to be a very different place than America and that I was completely opposite of what people here are like. As we travelled and met people and saw places I have discovered that we are not so different after all. We listen to the same music, have similar experiences and values.

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

  • I want to learn more about many aspects of Japan when I return to the US, but the aspect I would most like to study is Japanese language. Not only is Japanese language very beautiful but it will help me better understand other aspects of Japan. I would also like to study in Japan and knowing Japanese would enhance my experience. It would allow me to have more active interactions in Japan.
  • I want to learn more about other parts of Japan, particularly the countryside or more rural areas. I’m curious to know how Japan’s rapid modernization has affected (or not affected) areas outside of the urban parts and also any other issues they are facing today.

4.It is hoped that you will promote further mutual understanding between our two countries, serving as bridges in the U.S.-Japan relationship. What will you do to deepen understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I do know that I would love to support programs such as this one for students, through volunteer work. I also have a better understanding of the country and will be better able to promote Japan as somewhere my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances should study or travel.
  • While there are many ways to promote the US-Japan relationship, I need the tools to further educate myself on Japan’s strengths and attractive traits. Thus, I plan on taking college courses on US-Japan relations, involve myself in the JACL and participate in international programs that promote bridging communities.

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

  • I now feel I want to live in Japan in the future, because of my experience in KAKEHASHI.  I am thinking,“What can I do that will bring me back to Japan?”
  • This has been an unparalleled opportunity through which for the first time in my life I have been strongly confident in my identity as Nikkeijin. Each activity played a role in further instilling in me an appreciation for Japanese culture/tradition/values. This trip reinforced my pride in my identity as Nikkeijin and encouraged me to substantially increase my Japanese activities/lifestyles at home.

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