"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: LIM College (NY)

Invitation in June 2014

LIM College (NY)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Kyoto
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 taken in Asakusa
Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of School exchange at Bunka Fashion Graduate University
School exchange at Bunka Fashion Graduate University

Group photo taken with young Japanese fashion designers Akiko Iwata and Mayuko Ban
Exchange with young Japanese fashion designers (Ms. Akiko Iwata and Ms. Mayuko Ban)

Photo taken in Akihabara
Akihabara
(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 taken at Nishijin Textile Industrial Association
Nishijin Textile Industrial Association
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of Paper-Lantern craft experience
Paper-Lantern craft experience
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Fushimi-Inari Taisha
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of School exchange at Kyoto University of Art and Design
School exchange at Kyoto University of Art and Design

Photo of Kyo-Yuzen dyeing experience
Kyo-Yuzen dyeing experience
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Group photo taken at Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

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

Photo taken at The National Museum of Modern Art
The National Museum of Modern Art
(Learning about Japanese culture)

Photo taken in Harajuku/Omotesando
Harajuku/Omotesando
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo of Debriefing session 1
Debriefing session

Photo of Debriefing session 2
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan’s strengths are its efficiency and politeness. The small technological advancements that are made here in hotels and shops make everything run smoother and without as much impact on the world and environment as possible. Everyone is so nice and I felt welcome everywhere I went, which is good to have when traveling to a completely foreign country.
  • I feel that Japan is extremely efficient in many areas ranging from transportation to completing projects. Japan is very ahead in terms of technology and innovation, especially in product design. In addition, Japan has a very rich history and seems to be filled with beautiful architecture and art.

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

  • I always knew that the Japanese people were nice, but I learned that they are very polite and caring. The landscape and history of the country are much different than I expected. Having learned only a little bit about the country in my schooling, I learned much more about the history and heritage of Japan. The nature is much more vast and beautiful than expected as well.
  • I never understand much about Japanese culture until I came here. They are a very disciplined people which is unique.

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

  • Design, art, religion, and food. I am absolutely interested in the craftsmanship and architecture. I found myself taking many photos of the buildings in Tokyo and Kyoto.
  • While in Japan, we learned about the fashion market of Japan and what the people are into currently. When returning back to the U.S., I would like to learn more about Japan’s fashion industry in all aspects.

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 share my experience with my family, friends, fellow classmates, co-workers. This was by far one of the best experiences in my life so I plan to talk about it as often as I can.
  • I will try to keep in touch with the Japanese students I met at the universities and tell my friends and family about my wonderful experiences in Japan.

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

  • I think this is a great experience and a great opportunity for people to the US to be able to visit Japan. This was an amazing experience which I had the opportunity to try Japanese food, get to know more about the culture and meet great people.
  • I am extremely honored to have participated in the KAKEHASHI Project. I would have never been able to afford a trip like this at my current income level as a student. I know that understanding the Japanese culture will definitely be an advantage moving forward in my business career. My favorite part of the program was the interaction with Japanese students. These are connections that I plan to maintain for years to come.

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