"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Armitage International

Invitation in March 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 4
Armitage International

Period: March 2 – 12, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Kyoto Prefecture
Number of Participants: 8

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation

Photo taken at the National Diet Building
Visit to the National Diet Building

Group photo taken with a Diet member Takaya Muto
Visit to a Diet member
(Mr. Takaya Muto)

Group photo taken with a Diet member Akihisa Nagashima
Visit to a Diet member
(Mr. Akihisa Nagashima)

Group photo taken at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum
Visit to Tokyo National Museum
(Studying Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Edo-Tokyo Museum
Visit to Edo-Tokyo Museum
(Learning about traditional culture and history of Tokyo)

Photo taken at Luncheon with National Security Council members
Luncheon with National Security
Council members

Photo taken at  Mitsubishi Corporation
Visit to Mitsubishi Corporation

Photo taken at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd
Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd

Photo taken at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Visit to Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Shourinji Temple
Visit to Shourinji Temple
(Zen meditation experience)

Photo taken in Gion
Visit to Gion
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Doshisha University
Visit to Doshisha University

Photo taken at Shimadzu Foundation
Visit to Shimadzu Foundation
Memorial Hall, Shimadzu Corporation
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
Visit to Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

Photo taken at Bikouen
Visit to Bikouen
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Photo taken at Kinkaku-ji
Visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Nijo Castle
Visit to Nijo Castle
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Kiyomizu-dera
Visit to Kiyomizu-dera
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Ministry of Defense
Independent research
(Ministry of Defense)

Photo taken at Yasukuni Shrine
Independent research
(Visit to Yasukuni Shrine)

Photo taken at  Ministry of Defense
Visit to Ministry of Defense

Photo taken at Central Japan Railway Company
Visit to Central Japan Railway Company

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?

  • Japan's commitment to retaining its cultural traditions and pride in the positive qualities of its people is very impressive to me. Of these qualities I am most appreciative of is the willingness of people to assist you or offer help even when they receive nothing in return.
  • Efficiency, safety, cleanliness, organization, politeness. Interesting culture, well-preserved history, utterly unique cultural vastness. Japan seems so full of new and unusual things to discover.

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

  • The KAKEHASHI program has helped me better understand the challenges and opportunities facing Japan and how the U.S. can partner with Japan to address those that we have in common.
  • I have only been to third-world nations outside of the U.S. This trip has been an eye opening experience. There is a tremendous amount of national pride in every way and has certainly cured me of my national tunnel vision.

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

  • Continue to monitor security policies, Emergency and disaster planning and preparations in Japan, Economic impacts related to the international changes and security environment of Japan, Progress on Japan and regional neighbors relationships.
  • I continue to follow developments through news outlets and reading. I will seek out educational opportunities to learn more about Japan while in graduate school.

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?

  • KAKEHASHI has given the knowledge and experience to communicate the extraordinarily positive view of Japan that I have developed here to my friends, family and colleagues. I love Japan, and I can and will explain to them exactly why.
  • First I will document my experience in Japan and share all that I have learned with my family, friends, co-workers, and the Georgetown University community. Most important, I will share my Japan experience with the youth in the United States. Also I am very interested in forming close relationships with non-profit organizations in Japan and work together at cultural diplomacy programs. My goal is to invest in the U.S. Japan strategic alliance and build bright future for the youth in both nations.

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

  • This has been a wonderful program! I have conducted cultural and educational projects in over 10 countries, and this experience has been impressive. We had the opportunity to meet with government and non-government leaders and discuss some of the most pressing issues that Japan faces today. I look forward to working with the KAKEHASHI Project in the next future, supporting future exchanges with other nations.
  • It is an excellent program because it was very well organized, brought the appropriate exerts together to teach us about Japan. There was very little down time---which is great. I felt that I had an incredible experience and learned something new each day. I am grateful for the Japan Foundation's investment in my understanding of Japan's history, culture and political, military issues.

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