Fushiki High School students from Toyoma Prefecture visited Houston and other cities from November 11th to 21st as a part of the project of KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow -.
KAKEHASHI Project presented by the Japan Foundation is a part of the youth exchange program with North America. The program which is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-US exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level. From July 8 to 17, 23 students from Bellaire High School visited various cities in Japan and participated in the exchange event with Fushiki High School. Their exchange trip involved a homestay, visiting historical sites, and learning about cutting-edge technologies (http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/intel/youth/invitation/1407/07-01_bellaire.html). This time, 23 students from Fushiki High School traveled to Nashville, Houston, and Boston from November 11th to 21st and visited to Bellaire High School to participate in the exchange event and homestay.
Following a BBQ dinner at the exchange event at Bellaire High School on November 17, Deputy Consul General Atsushi Iwasaki and Principal Michael McDonough gave remarks and stressed the importance of the cultural exchange between Japan and the US. Also, students of Fushiki High School students gave four presentations on Japanese traditional food, confectionery, local festivals and anime which helped Bellaire High School deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese culture.