2016 Japan Program

The second half of the 2016 TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program takes place Aug 1 -16, and focuses on Tokyo and Tohoku. The themes of the Japan-based program are Japanese culture, community service, social entrepreneurship and innovation, 3/11 impact and recovery, and global competence/citizenship.

Mon, Aug 1

All students arrive at Narita airport

Tues, Aug 2

Japan Program Orientation
Visit to Miyogandani Club

Wed, Aug 3

Visit with Baye McNeil – Japan from a multicultural eye
Visit to IDEO – design thinking and innovationDC student homestays begin

Thurs, Aug 4

Visit to “Seishun-kichi.” project founded by TOMODACHI USJYEP alumna
Edo-Tokyo Museum

Fri, Aug 5

Travel to Ishinomaki (via Sendai) by bullet train
Japan Program Orientation 2 at Futaba Inn

Sat, Aug 6

Ishinomaki Study Tour
Lunch at Kagikakko Cafe
Learn about recovery efforts at an NPO By Ishinomaki 2.0

Sun, Aug 7

Minamisanriku Study Tour
Lunch Session at Keimeimaru – hear story from owner
Utatsu Summer Festival (Minamisanriku)

Mon, Aug 8

Seminar: Sustainability and Tourism by Minamisanriku Tourism Association, Common Earth
Lunch at Minamisanriku Sansan Shotengai, temporary shopping village created after 3/11
Session by NPO Women’s Eye

Tues, Aug 9

Fishery Experience
Meeting with Minamisanriku Mayor Sato

Wed, Aug 10

Traditional Kiriko-making experience
Workshop and session with NPO Sokoage

Thurs, Aug 11

Head to Sendai via Matsushima on chartered bus
Sightseeing in Matsushima Town
Head to Fukushima by bullet train

Fri, Aug 12

Lunch at Channel Square
Visit to local NPO and discussion on the future of Fukushima, by NPO Fukushima 30 Year Project
Return to Tokyo

Sat, Aug 13

Free Day with host families

Sun, Aug 14

Sightseeing (Harajuku, Meiji Jingu, Takeshita Street)

Mon, Aug 15

Workshop: Project plan and presentation building (practice)
Final presentation and reception

Tues, Aug 16

DC students depart from Narita Airport to return to Washington, DC