"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: North Cobb High School (Georgia)

Invitation in June 2014 (Okinawa Program Group 1)

North Cobb 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 Shikina-en Garden
Shikina-en Garden
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Futenma Senior High School
School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Futenma Senior 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
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?

  • I think Japan’s culture is amazing. The people of Japan are so friendly and they make you feel at home. Overall, the country is extremely safe, and due to this fact, I felt very comfortable.
  • I enjoyed the sites and experiencing a different culture. Japan has many strengths when it comes to cultural activities and technological advancements. Its culture and technology are very detailed and interesting.

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

  • It changed my perspective of Japan knowing a lot of people who are pretty nice and open-minded to strangers. A simple smile can go a long way. I would not have thought that many Japanese people are so happy and kind to foreigners.
  • I realized that Japan is surprisingly clean given the population. The people are greatly friendlier than I ever expected and are friendlier than those in the U.S.

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

  • More about the dynasties and kingdoms. I felt we did not learn enough about those on this trip.
  • The history: how the feudal system came to be. I also may have been inspired to continue my study of the language.

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 planning to study abroad during my early college years and doing the JET program after graduation.
  • I will continue to study Japanese and eventually travel to Japan for business-related purposes. Additionally, I will keep in touch with the host family I have come into contact with. Moreover, I will continue to enjoy music, TV shows, games and comics from Japan.

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

  • My favorite part was the homestay. When I arrived I felt at home. The family wanted to make me feel at home and comfortable. We went to a friends and family get together where we cooked food and conversed. Immediately on arrival, they accepted me as if I were a part of their family. We ate delicious food, laughed, and I learned about their family. It demonstrated Japanese culture and their way of life.
  • The project was amazing and I will remember it forever. I made a lifelong friend, and got to know so much. I tried new foods, saw new fashion, and experience the culture, such as Okinawan music and shrines. I have always wanted to visit and see Japan before I decide if I want to do the JET program, and now I know for sure I do! Thank you so much.

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