Museum Staff and Local Students Travel to Japan for Spring Break
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
This week staff members from the National War of the Pacific Museum are accompanying six local high school students on a ten-day trip to Japan as part of the KAKEHASHI Project. The participants will spend nine days in country. Their agenda includes a visit to the National Diet Building in Tokyo and a tour of the memorial ship Mikasa, the flagship of Admiral Heihachiro Togo during the 1905 Battle of Tsushima.
The KAKEHASHI Project is an exchange program between Japan and North America promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the program is to encourage an understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, and politics, as well as promote trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, the United States, and Canada to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation. The National War of the Pacific Museum was invited to participate in the program by the Consulate General of Japan in Houston, Texas.
The museum is honored to be selected to participate in the program. It is particularly meaningful to bring young adults from the hometown of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz to see places pertinent to better understanding the impact of WWII on Japan. Students from area high schools were selected for participation based on teacher recommendations and an essay on why learning more about Japanese history and culture is important to America’s future. The process was highly competitive with a total of 35 students applying. To prepare for the trip, the selected students attended classes to learn Japanese language and etiquette.
Students and museum staff members will be sharing their experiences throughout the ten-day program via social media. Follow the museum’s Instagram account for updates and highlights from their trip.