"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Milton High School (Georgia)

Invitation in June 2014 (Okinawa Program Group 1)

Milton High School (Georgia)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Okinawa Prefecture
Number of Participants:25

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 School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Hokuzan High School
School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Hokuzan High School

photo of Meeting with host families
Meeting with host families

photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

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

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

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

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?

  • The ability to work as a team. Japan is a very strong society of trust that allows everything to function. Also the cleanliness and regard for human safety are very impressive.
  • Japan has many things that I find very attractive. The culture is interesting, the fashion is cool, the people are kind and hospitable, and its stores and shops are enjoyable. It is such a fun and wonderful country with fun and wonderful people.

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

  • I thought everyone in Japan was serious and did not have many fun. Now I realize that is not true. The Japanese are a lot like us and have a lot of fun.
  • I put my fantasy of thoughts into the context.

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

  • I would like to become more advanced in the language and learn more about its culture and the cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan.
  • I cannot help but revere the Japanese culture and way of life. In some aspects it is the same as ours, but in others it is very different. So I will continue to study Japanese but I will be more thorough and study the culture and way of life in depth.

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 am going to talk about the trip and my experiences to my community.
  • I will encourage and help promote more programs just like the KAKEHASHI Project so that more students will be interested in going or maybe living in Japan.

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

  • This experience was amazing. I have never had a better time in my life. Everything was so adventurous and exciting! 私のゆめは日本語のせんせいになることです。[tr: My dream is to become a Japanese teacher; originally written in Japanese] I am coming back for sure and want to travel to other cities.
  • The experience that we were given through the KAKAHASHI Project was incredible. I learned much about the culture and lifestyle of Japan through the homestay in Okinawa and the many museum trips that we made. Also, the views and scenery were exceptional.

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