Twenty-three students sent to the US

Mar. 28, 2017

Left: Japanese conversation partner at Georgetown University <br/>
Right: Teahouse Left: Japanese conversation partner at Georgetown University
Right: Teahouse "Ippakutei" at Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

Left: Group photo with Mr.Nari Konno, second secretary of Embassy of Japan<br/>
Right: Opening statement of Koyo Sawada from School of Law Left: Group photo with Mr.Nari Konno, second secretary of Embassy of Japan
Right: Opening statement of Koyo Sawada from School of Law

Left: Meiji University KAKEHASHI Project delegation at Capitol hill<br/>
Right: Presentation at hall stage, Einstein High School Left: Meiji University KAKEHASHI Project delegation at Capitol hill
Right: Presentation at hall stage, Einstein High School

Under the “KAKEHASHI Project,” a program promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foster understanding of Japan, 23 Meiji University students selected from all 10 schools were sent to Washington D.C. from February 22 to March 1, 2017.
The objective of the program is to promote understanding of Japan in the North American region. The main mission of the participating students is to convey the appeals of Japan locally and broaden their experience of such activity both inside and outside Japan.
In Washington D.C., the students made presentations in English at three schools: Georgetown University, College of William and Mary, and Einstein High School. Their presentations were on the topics of “washoku (Japanese cuisine),” “the charms of Japanese-style rooms,” “the fusion of tradition and modernization,” and “trains in Japan.” In the exchange with Einstein High School and the Japan Plus Program/Globalize DC (an organization devoted to Japanese-language learning), the Japanese side provided Japanese cultural experiences such as calligraphy and origami (paper-folding art), and the US side taught the Cha Cha Slide (a line dance) and offered participation in a class.
In addition, representatives of Marubeni America Corporation, the Japanese Embassy, and the JET Program Alumni Association DC Chapter along with Gerald Yamada gave lectures that provided extremely valuable insights on topics such as politics and business, diplomacy, Japan as viewed in the eyes of Americans, and war.

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