"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: TAF Academy (Washington)

Invitation in June 2014 (Okinawa Program Group 1)

TAF Academy (Washington)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Okinawa Prefecture
Number of Participants:26

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 Koyo High School
School exchange at Okinawa Prefectural Koyo High School

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 Meiji Jingu
Meiji Jingu
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

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?

  • Based on what I have experienced, I think strength and something attractive about Japan are the people and the culture. Everyone I met was kind, helpful and understanding.
  • Japan’s strengths are its ability to incorporate the cultural aspects and modern aspects of the country to create and have a strong economic and culture. Japan’s attractiveness is the relationship and atmosphere the people of Japan show and represent. The people were respectful, kind and helped me have an amazing experience.

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

  • Throughout this project, I learned so many new things about Japan that I did not know before. I learned about the Edo period and what had happened in the battle of Okinawa. My perspective has changed a lot with all of the new information I have learned.
  • I did not think that Japan was so warm. I thought it was always cold. I also thought the people here were not so polite.

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

  • After I return to the U.S., I want to learn more about the history and culture of Japan, such as artifacts, ceremonies, temples, shrines, etc. My wish is to get a deeper meaning behind the culture as opposed the language.
  • When I return to the U.S., I want to be able to speak the language of Japan better than what I can now.

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 definitely tell others what it is like in Japan and how wonderful it is. I will also show pictures of its scenery to enable others to understand how beautiful things are in Japan.
  • I will continue to study the Japanese language this summer using a program called manga languages and visit the Seattle Chinatown-International District to find books on Okinawa history.

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

  • I loved every single second of it! I even loved waking up early because just the thought of being in Japan made me wants to wake up! I loved the homestay. It got me so much closer to the Japanese culture!
  • I really enjoyed the overall experience and I wish we could stay for longer. The host family was extremely nice.

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