"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Montclair State University (NJ)

Invitation in June 2014

Montclair State University (NJ)

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 taken in Asakusa
Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Group photo taken at Tokyo University of the Arts
School exchange at Tokyo University of the Arts

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

Photo taken in Odaiba
Odaiba
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo taken at J-POP lecture by Yusuke Wajima
J-POP lecture by Mr. Yusuke Wajima

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 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 of School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

Group photo taken at Kanazawa College of Art
School exchange at Kanazawa College of Art

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

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?

  • First and foremost, Japan’s main strength , in my opinion, is its nature not simply the beautiful scenery, but the nature of its people as well being able to go to a completely foreign country and feeling safe and very welcomed is very rare. The cities are clean, the people are friendly, and their love, admiration, and care for nature is truly something to marvel at.
  • I believe the politeness and general attitude of the people is a strength, and the way traditional architecture (such as shrines) mixes with modern buildings is very cool and interesting to see. I think the food, though some of it a little difficult to get used to, is delicious. The train system is also wonderful. In general, it’s been a beautiful and friendly place.

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

  • I have come to better understand what the people of Japan are like. Never would I have imagined how well-mannered the people here are, and before coming here, I was unsure about the perception of English speakers in Japan. I now see that we are very welcomed in the country.
  • Initially, my understanding of Japan and its culture was completely built off of the lens that is international pop culture. Now, experiencing the country first hand, I have a better grasp on the attitudes and values of Japan and the Japanese people, including appreciation of courtesy, generousness, aesthetic, and nature.

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

  • I am very interested in learning more of the Japanese language and will definitely look into taking classes to become more knowledgeable about it. I am also very interested in all of the music I heard while on this trip and will be looking up and listening to more Japanese artists.
  • I want to learn even more about the art history than we already have learned in this program. And while I am not a music major, I would very much still like to learn about the music. Most importantly I want to learn about the different social systems in Japan, from business systems to meeting people and friendship development. I also do want to learn and perfect the language as I want to live here at one point.

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?

  • Come back to Japan and learn more about it, try to also let others know my knowledge and experience in it. Now that I have gained more insight on Japan, I would also hope to one day work with the KAKEHASHI Project to help further spread Japan’s amazing culture, history, character and its overall beauty all around the world.
  • For one I would promote the value of respect and beauty that Japan has to the max. I love Japanese and their values. Everyone should treat each other the way the Japanese do. I’d like to promote the beauty of Japan through my artwork and photography. I want to express this through my paintings especially! The amount of my inspiration I’ve gotten through this trip is out of this world.

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

  • I had such an amazing time and it really opened up my eyes to how friendly and polite everyone here is. I learned so much through all the trips and museum visits. I wish I didn’t have to leave.
  • Participating in the KAKEHASHI Project was just amazing. I have wanted to go to Japan since I was in the fifth grade. So being able to come here and experience the food, culture, language and history was to me a dream come true.

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