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Voices from Participants: KAKEHASHI Project/University Students 1st Batch (Columbia University)

"Seeing both cultural traditions and modern technologies"
(Student from U.S.A)

I was very grateful that we were able to see BOTH city and countryside, BOTH cultural traditions and modern technologies. Because there were so many things to see, we moved around a lot – it might be nice to move a little less, so we can spend a little more time in fewer places really getting to know and understand the people and culture. Again – THANK YOU for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to return to Japan SOON!

"Absolutely outstanding experience!"
(Student from U.S.A)

This was an absolutely outstanding experience! I appreciated the number of experiences such as those with government official, and the pump factory that would be impossible to experience as a tourist. It gave me a uniquely thorough experience of Japan that I as an individual could not replicate. Another highlight was staying at a traditional inn. It was refreshing and beautiful to be immersed in nature and traditional living after so much time in the cities.

"Keeping in touch with Japanese friends through Facebook"
(Student from U.S.A)

I learned so much about Japan in such a short moment of time. This program was so well-organized that I felt like I was exposed and introduced to the entirely of Japanese culture. I especially liked the variety of locations (from the big city to a small village community) and the ratio of scheduled itinerary to individual exploration for us to interact with Japan ourselves. For example, on one of our trip we encountered 2 people our age and became instant friends. Despite the language barrier, we learned a lot from each other and even became friends on Facebook by the end of the night. I plan on keeping in touch with them for a while to extend my stay in Japan from abroad.