"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Henry M. Gunn High School (California)

Invitation in June 2014 (Okinawa Program Group 1)

Henry M. Gunn High School (California)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Okinawa Prefecture
Number of Participants:24

Tour Photo Album

photo of Orientation
Orientation

photo of Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Senso-ji
Senso-ji
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Courtesy  call on Governor of Okinawa Prefecture
Courtesy call on Governor of Okinawa Prefecture

photo of Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Shuri Castle
Shuri Castle
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Shikina-en Garden
Shikina-en Garden
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of School exchange at Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School
School exchange at Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School

photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

photo of Visit to the U.S. Council-General in Okinawa
Visit to the U.S. Council-General in Okinawa

photo of Kakazu Takadai Park
Kakazu Takadai Park
(Learning about Japanese nature)

photo of Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Park
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Edo-Tokyo Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of National Diet Building
National Diet Building
(Learning about Japanese society)

photo of Courtesy call on Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Courtesy call on Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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
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?

  • One of Japan’s strength is its advanced technology. This includes robots, vending machines (which sell hot drinks in winter as well as cold ones), and several other things that have clearly proven it for the people living in Japan. Entertainment and arts have been one of Japan’s main attractions as well, for example anime, manga, tea ceremony, kimonos, etc.
  • I believe that Japan’s strength and attractiveness lie in the preservation of its culture and traditions. Japan’s academic achievement, how Okinawa was able to recover from the World War II, seems astonishing.

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

  • I used to think Japanese foods were all the same. But the homestay experience changed this perspective I had. Japanese food surprised me. I have seen a lot of Japanese dishes that I do not even know the name.
  • I did not think there would be so many fun places and the people would be so friendly. After the homestay experience and the 10 days we have spent in Japan, my perspective has changed completely. The people are down to earth, and I was very sad when I parted with my host family. I am very impressed with the shopping centers as well. I like Tokyo Fashion and enjoyed shopping.

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

  • I want to look a bit further into the culture of Japan. I bought a beautiful Japanese flute and I want to learn more about Japanese music.
  • I want to learn even more about the language and culture. The language is simple and complex at the same time, and I want to be as fluent as possible. Japanese culture is so different from other ones and is something I want to experience in detail.

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 people about my trip, sharing photos and souvenirs. I will tell friends and family about the fun experiences including homestay, shopping, having good food and so on.
  • By posting photos on various social networks, I will be showcasing the exciting activities I did while in Japan. Through this my peers and others in my generation will be able to see how much fun Japan is, and will have more respect for the country as a whole. Furthermore, I will tell others about my time in Japan and how interesting it was. I will also talk about common misconceptions how and why they are untrue.

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

  • Before coming to Japan, I was very excited, but afraid of the homestay, as I might not be able to communicate with the people of Japan. However, when I reached Japan, I felt like I was able to embrace its culture and learn so much more about Japan than I had before, including its technology and history. I am really glad I participated in the KAKEHASHI Project.
  • The KAKEHASHI project gave me an amazing opportunity to meet and befriend Japanese students. For that reason, I am grateful. The food was amazing. My host family treated me so well. Thank you for this amazing trip!

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