2017 Japan Program

After a final free day on Saturday, July 29, the DC and Japanese students, with their chaperones, departed first thing Sunday morning for Narita International Airport in Tokyo, arriving on Monday afternoon, July 31. The DC and Tohoku students checked into Ninja House, and the Keio students headed home. Then the second half of this year’s TOMODACHI USJYEP program began!


Tues, Aug 1

Free Day (recover from jet lag)

Wed, Aug 2

Japan Program Orientation
Tour of Edo Tokyo Museum
Walk through Asakusa – Nakamise-dori (shopping street) and Senso-ji Buddhist Temple

Thurs, Aug 3

Mr. Kuramitsu from Myogadani Club – discussion about Hikikomiri (social withdrawal) epidemic among Japanese youth
Kita Ward Disaster Prevention Center
IDEO Tokyo – session on design thinking and innovation

Fri, Aug 4

Tohoku Program Orientation
Take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tohoku
Learn about Kesennuma and the impact and recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake through a Kataribe (story-telling) guided tour
“Dream & Do: Building the Kesennuma of the Future” – gathering with young people at Guesthouse Kakehashi

Sat, Aug 5

Kesennuma Fish Market
NPO Sokoage (Sokoage Youth)
K-port Cafe/Event and Gallery Space
TOMODACHI Alumni Lunch Session
Uminoichi (Kesennuma Sangyo Center, Inc.)
Kesunnuma Minato Matsuri Summer Festival
Dinner at Minshuku Tsujiken

Sun, Aug 6

Kesennuma Tourism and Convention Bureau
Kesunnuma Minato Matsuri Summer Festival

Mon, Aug 7

Visit to Oikawa Denim, a for-profit manufacturing business
Lunch at Cafe Musubiya in Minamisanriku
Minamisanriku Official Radio Minasanpo Interview
Minamisanriku Study Tour
Meeting with Minamisanriku Mayor Sato
Dinner at Minshuku Shitamichiso

Tues, Aug 8

Fisherman’s Banya – fishery experience with local fishermen, and barbecue lunch
Visit to NPO Women’s Eye, a nonprofit organization supporting women’s empowerment through a silk cocoon project
Visit to Minamisanriku Fukkoudakonokai Iriya YES Factory, an organization that manufactures and markets crafts from locally sustainable materials

Wed, Aug 9

Visit to Beans Club
Lunch – Obento by Beans Club Ladies
Minamisanriku BIO (Best Integrated Operation) – study tour of Biogas Generating System
Minpaku Home/farmstay – students stay the night with local families

Thurs, Aug 10

Minpaku Home/farmstay Experience – students spend the day and evening with local families

Fri, Aug 11

Farewell with host families
Visit Minamisanriku Sansan Shotengai, temporary shopping village created after the tsunami
Lunch in Matsushima
Tour of Matsushima, one of three most scenic spots in Japan
Return on Shinkansen to Tokyo
Keio students return home; Tohoku and DC students stay at Ninja House

Sat, Aug 12

Ghibli Museum
Visit to Meiji-jingu (Shinto Shrine) and Takeshita Street, mecca of Japanese youth culture, in Harajuku

Sun, Aug 13

Free Day

Mon, Aug 14

Final Presentation Preparation
Student Presentation at American Center JAPAN US Embassy Tokyo
Final Student Dinner

Tues, Aug 15

Departure for home (DC and Tohoku)