Are Filled with Hope through Kakehashi Project
Three high schools from Okinawa visited Chicago through Kakehashi Project,
which has promoted deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan
and the U.S. The 69 students and six teachers from Okinawa Shogaku H.S.,
Naha H.S., and Naha Kokusai Senior H.S. arrived in Chicago on November
10 and visited local schools, Chicago Architecture Foundation HQ, Navy
Pier, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park.
• In her welcome remarks, Deputy Consul Keiko Yanai said, “For Japan, Okinawa is a key part of the project, and its rich culture and wonderful cuisine offer a unique window to Japan. We are all eager to learn more about Okinawa from you and to hear your impressions of Chicago.” She also thanked the attendees for making an unforgettable evening for the students, and encouraged them to share their experience in Chicago with their families and friends when they return to Okinawa.
• The students made a brief introduction
about their activities in English.
• The students of Naha H.S. visited Wells
Community Academy H.S., Steinmetz College Preparatory H.S., and were going
to visit San Dieguito H.S. in SanDiego.
• Naha Kokusai H.S. visited Northside
College Preparatory H.S., Streamwood H.S., and was going to visit Patrick
Henry H.S. in San Diego.
• Some students from the three schools
demonstrated Okinawa’s sanshin (three-string instrument) and introduced
its history. They also explained the difference between the Western music
scales and Okinawa’s. For example, Western scales are consisted as C,
D, E, F, G, A, and B; on the other hand, Okinawa’s sanshin uses C, E,
F, G, and B.
• Kakehashi Project not only deepens
mutual understandings between the two countries, but also enables future
leaders to form networks and help young people develop wider perspectives
to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.
• (Full story is available in the
Chicago Shimpo’s December 5th issue.)
All the students get together and sing Okinawa's song "Tinsagunu Hana (Flower of the Balsam Garden)"
The students from Okinawa perform sanshin, Okinawa’s
A scene from the students’ presentation about Okinawa’s
Deputy Consul Keiko Yanai welcomes the students from three high schools in Okinawa.
From Left: Yuri Matsuda, Yuki Nagamine, Rimi Higa, and Saku Nakazato