Final Presentation – Telling our Story

Today, we made a final presentation to tell the audience what we learned in Washington DC for two weeks. I realized that the DC program is almost over and I was caught by sadness.

In the morning, we prepared the presentation. We divided into 2 groups, one group made a prezi and the other group considered about cultural differences between Japan and the U.S. I was in the latter group, and after collecting as many opinions as possible from Japanese students, we cut down the number to one or two important ones.

After eating Mexican food from Chipotle, we had a dry run and checked our presentation. It took more time than I expected to shape a manuscript, so It was a very frantic time for me.

Around 6 pm, the presentation started. Not only family and host family, but also Ms. Mary Murakami and Mr. Al Goshi came to the presentation, so some students were feeling nervous. After we introduced ourselves, Carlos and Shunsuke talked about diversity, Miles and I talked about racism, and Jerusalen and Arjernae talked about social innovation as wrapping up the DC program. Nextly, Japanese students described the cultural differences between Japan and the U.S. which each of us found during the program.

However, that is not all. The presentation was including entertainment and we did a lot of exciting performance on the stage in the middle. Carlos, Fuka and Noa danced Salsa and brightened up the atmosphere. Also, all boys sang a rap in English. I don’t know why, but the rap is still on replay in my head.

Finally, each DC student spoke their enthusiasm for the Japan program and after that, I read a poem aloud and told all audience that we are not TOMODACHI anymore, we are FAMILY now.

In this program, we listened to many kinds of people’s story. This time, however, we were the storytellers. I found that storytelling was difficult, but at the same time, it was a lot of fun to tell my own thoughts honestly. The power of words is strong and words can move people’s heart. I want to appreciate that I have a right to say a word freely as a person.

Minori Kon
Keio Shonan Fujisawa Senior High School

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