CHICAGO (March 23, 2015) — The office of the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago, announced Monday that students from Niigata are visiting Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minnesota.
The Kakehashi Student Delegation started its visit on March 19 and will run through March 28. The students are from Minami Uonuma City, Niigata, and are traveling across the Pacific to learn about the United States, to build friendships with students from Robbinsdale Armstrong high School, along with other tour stops at schools in Seattle and San Francisco.
This program is carried out under the government of Japan’s Kakehashi Project, a youth exchange program between Japan, the United States, and Canada, that aims to heighten interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the country, as well as enhance international understanding of the nation’s strengths and attractiveness.
A delegation from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School visited Japan in July 2013 on the same program.
The students act as cultural ambassadors from Japan, and are teaching Robbinsdale Armstrong students about life in Japan and cultural differences while experiencing first-hand life in America. This cultural exchange is meant to strengthen ties between the United States and Japan, and also to help mold future leaders that are more culturally aware.
During their trip the students will partake in a home-stays with their respective host families, as well as sightseeing in all three cities. There will also be a community event, open to the public happening on March 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Robbinsdale Armstrong High School auditorium.