Let us introduce some of the post-program actions implemented so far.
- JENESYS Blog managed by a participant in Peace Building Program from Singapore, March 2018
- JENESYS2017 Post-trip Reflection
- JENESYS Article written by a participant (working youth) from Malaysia, September 2017
- "Penang floods: Lessons on disaster management from Japan" (malaysiakini November 7, 2017)
- KAKEHASHI Interview article of a participant (university student) from the U.S., January 2018
- "VSU’s Nina Guyette Studies Pop Culture, History, Art in Japan" (Valdosta State University News February 13, 2018)
- KAKEHASHI Jewish Studies Researchers visited to U.S.A., March 2018 Newsletter written by Japanese participant
- NEWSLETTER: KAKEHASHI Project 2018 : Visiting Program to Boston and New York by Japanese Jewish Studies Researchers
- KAKEHASHI University student visited to U.S.A., June 2018 Article written by a Japanese participant
- 「グローバル教育・留学 KAKEHASHI Project」 (Sophia University website, June, 2018）(Some are written in English)
- FaceBook Group Page managed by Japanese college student participants in the JENESYS programs outside Japan
- Jenesys 2018 Student Ambassadors
- KAKEHASHI University student visited to Canada, March 2017 Article written by a Japanese participant
- 「カナダの文化に触れ、日本の強みを発見できた「KAKEHASHI Project」」 (Waseda University website, October 20, 2017） (Japanese Only) )
Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)
This is the Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, which is a very famous tourist and religious area in Japan. That day it was a very chilly and wet day, this picture is significant to me because it is one of my favorite and most memorable pictures on the trip, and it gives a feeling of beauty no matter what type of day it is.
Otawara strawberries (Tochigi)
This was one of the most delicious and memorable things during my homestay in Otawara in the Tochigi prefecture. I learned in Japan that Tochigi produces the most strawberries in the country and has a very specialized farming community which produces amazing strawberries. This picture was significant of how in Tochigi and many other parts of Japan the food is mainly all natural and not genetically modified compared to where I live in America.
SHINKANSEN (NASUNO 272)
How could I visit Japan and not ride a Shinkansen? The one hour train ride from Tochigi to Tokyo had to be one of the most thrilling experiences in my lifetime. As I young boy, I loved to collect trains and as an adult, I still possess a passion for trains, especially speedy trains.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Tochigi)
This is a picture of the entrance to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The shrine enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
My Favorite Meal
I chose this photo because it was my favorite meal. My host mother owned her own restaurant that was about a five minute walk from her house. She would bring us there for every meal and cook a meal for us. On this particular day, we had run errands with her and went to a fish market. We got fresh fish (pictured above) that we used to make our own sushi. It was amazing and by far the best thing that I ate there.
Most Delicious Food in Japan
Surprisingly, the freshest and most delicious food in Japan didn’t come from all the high-end restaurants. The best food came from the hard-working host family of this amazing country. On the first day of my wonderful stay with my host family I was given the delight of enjoying incredible food with the ingredients that came straight from their garden.
As our group was driving through the heart of Tokyo I experienced the mind-blowing culture and kindness of the citizens while I took in the vast technological advancements that the country of Japan has made over the years. The overall experience of the city was breath-taking.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Tochigi)
One of the astounding stops my group and I took was to the Toshogu temple. At this temple color burst from every crevice of every building. Everything that was designed in the temple’s structures had its own story and meaning. I was also very impressed with the strides that Japan was making to preserve their rich culture.
At the Toyama High School I saw that the kids at the school really cared about their school and their work in it. I visited remarkable arts, music, language, and even astronomy classes where the children devoted their time and hard work to improve their learning.
This picture was taken at Toyama High School. I chose this picture because it embodies what a Japanese high school classroom looks like, and it reminds me of all of the similarities and differences I noticed when I was there. The school overall looks like a regular high school, but once you notice the small details you can see the differences that stem from the Japanese culture. For example, you can see that we are wearing slippers, because Japanese students are expected to keep the school as clean as possible. You can also see that this school uses chalk boards, while in the U.S. many schools have transferred to Promethean boards. In the schools you can see what aspects of life the Japanese value, like simplicity and cleanliness.