"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Catawba College (NC)

Invitation in June 2014

Catawba College (NC)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Ishikawa (Kanazawa)
Number of Participants:13

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation
(Lecture demonstration of Japanese music by Mr. Sho Asano, Tsugaru-Jamisen player)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts 1
School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts 2
School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts

Photo of School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts 3
School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts

Photo taken at J-POP lecture by Yusuke Wajima
J-POP lecture by Mr. Yusuke Wajima
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo taken at the National Theatre of Japan
Kabuki performance at the National Theatre of Japan
(Learning about Japanese culture)

Photo of Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio 1
Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo of Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio 2
Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo of Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio 3
Indigo dyeing experience at Utatsuyama traditional handicraft studio
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken in Higashi Chaya district
Higashi Chaya district
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kenrokuen
Kenrokuen
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kanazawa Noh Museum
Kanazawa Noh Museum
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo of Tea ceremony experience at Buke Yashiki district and Nomura Samurai family residence
Tea ceremony experience at Buke Yashiki district and Nomura Samurai family residence
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Buke Yashiki district and Nomura Samurai family residence
Buke Yashiki district and Nomura Samurai family residence
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo of School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art 1
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

Photo of School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art 2
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

Photo of School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art 3
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

Photo of School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art 4
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

Photo taken at Japan Institute of Design Promotion 1
Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Photo taken at Japan Institute of Design Promotion 2
Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Photo taken at Meiji Jingu 1
Meiji Shrine
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Meiji Jingu 2
Meiji Shrine
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at J-POP lecture by Marty Friedman
J-POP lecture by Mr. Marty Friedman

Photo of Debriefing session  1
Debriefing session

Photo of Debriefing session  2
Debriefing session

Photo of Debriefing session  3
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

1.Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • Extremely kind and hospitable people. The cities are well maintained and kept very clean. I love the sense of respect Japanese people have for each other; I fell in love with traditional Japanese music. It’s absolutely beautiful.
  • Japanese strength is Japanese manners, music appreciation. Attractions are beautiful greenery.

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

  • I didn’t know much about Japan, but now I do. I really like Japan and could even see myself living here one day.
  • I had good thoughts about Japan before coming, but now that I’ve been to Japan my thoughts are all even better. I love this culture & country.

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

  • Music (J-pop), the language, as well as research more about the culture.
  • The language. I want to become a Japanese expert! I would like to become trilingual.

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 openly share my experiences with friends and family, and express how deeply I appreciated the hospitality.
  • I’ve taken hundreds of pictures while being here so I would definitely be sharing those with friends, family and on social media. Plus I know I probably won’t be able to stop talking about everything here.

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

  • My experience here has been a true blessing for me. I really loved our host who was with us for the whole trip. I enjoyed all the activities that were provided as well. I have learned so much more about music and about art and design as well.
  • This was a once in a lifetime experience that I will remember. It was well put together and has changed my view on Japan’s culture and landscape. Thanks so much for the opportunity and I hope this project is offered in the future to others.

[Contact Us]

TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6022
FAX: +81-(0)3-5369-6042
E-mail: infokakehashi@jpf.go.jp
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