The Muriel Sutherland Snowden International "KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: School at Copley (Massachusetts)

Invitation in June 2014 (Okinawa Program Group 1)

The Muriel Sutherland Snowden International School at Copley (Massachusetts)

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 Learning about Japanese  history and culture
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 Chinen Senior High School
School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Chinen Senior High School

photo of Homestay experience
Homestay experience

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

  • I was unaware that Japan, which is such a small country compared to the U.S., has so many different cultures. Okinawa, for example, has its own songs, dances, and flowers that give some separate identity from the rest of Japan.
  • Japan’s strengths are that they have a very good sense of community. It is so good that they recover quickly from everything.

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

  • I have always liked Japan, and this trip did not change my position. The treatment from the Okinawan Family was like expected: courteous and loving.
  • I changed my perspective of Japan a lot, based on the views of the country and traditions on which I thought before the trip and now. Before I thought Japan was all about technology and culture, which did not play a big role in everyday living, but I was wrong.

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

  • I really want to know more about cultural ceremonies and festivals. My host family took me to Okinawa World where I saw a drum performance. I found it absolutely fascinating and I loved the rhythm of the drums. I would like to learn more about the different cultures of the other parts of Japan.
  • When I return to the U.S., I would like to learn a lot more things about Japan. I feel like I have learned a lot about Japan on this trip but there are a lot more to learn about. I would like to begin learning the Japanese language so that I would be able to communicate clearly with the locals when I visit Japan again.

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 my friends, family, and people about my Japan experience. I will post my favorite picture on SNS of the trip which will show how beautiful Japan is. To deepen my understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness, I will learn more through books, through other Japanese people (host family) and hopefully through first hand experiences again.
  • I have made a few friends here outside of my homestay and I will continue to talk to them back in the U.S.

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

  • My experiences from the KAKEHASHI Project are that I will never forget. During the homestay, I had an amazing time to practice Japanese culture and language. Traveling to the other side of the world gave me new ways to think about this country in general. The different food and culture are what everyone should learn more.
  • I had a wonderful time. Coming to Japan is a dream come true for me. Japan has turned out to be all I hoped and more. It was the best experience I have ever had.

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