fmf Fulbright Memorial Fund. American Teachers Visit Japan Summer 2001 Marie Urbanski. Summary of the FMF Memorial Fund Program.
American Teachers Visit Japan
In June of 2001, I was one of two hundred educators selected from across the United States to participate in a three-week study visit to Japan. Funded by the Japanese government, the aim of the program was to provide the educators with first-hand opportunities to experience Japanese culture and education through school visits, seminars, and home stays. I visited museums and historic landmarks in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kamakura, and even had the opportunity to stay in a Japanese inn (ryokan).
After a one-week program in Tokyo, we were divided into groups of twenty and sent to specific cities in Japan. I was sent to Noshiro where I visited local schools and spent a few days with a host family.
I truly enjoyed my stay in Japan. Through these slides, I wish to share some of the highlights of my trip with my students.
This was my FMF group of 19 who were to be sent to Noshiro City for school visits.
I made some very good friends. City for school visits.
In Tokyo, we traveled a lot by subway. City for school visits.
The Diet Building City for school visits.
This is the chamber of the House of Representatives.
Tokyo Tower City for school visits.
We toured the area around the Imperial Palace. City for school visits.
Tsukiji Fish Market 628.
Sashimi anyone? 628.
Kyogen Performance 628.
Kabuki Theater 628.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion was constructed in the 1390’s as a retirement villa for a shogun (military dictator). It is covered with gold leaf.
The Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1,100 1390’s as a retirement villa for a shogun (military dictator). It is covered with gold leaf.th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
Worshippers can post their prayers on a board and leave them at the shrine.
A visitor to the shrine can purchase a fortune paper. If it foretells a bad fortune, the paper is tied to this bush and left at the shrine.
The Heian Shrine is surrounded by beautiful gardens. foretells a bad fortune, the paper is tied to this bush and left at the shrine.
The main hall of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto is constructed over a cliff. The height and view are magnificent.
The Great Buddha is 37 feet high and weighs 127 tons. It was built in 1252.
The Great Buddha is surrounded by gardens. was built in 1252.
A store front in Kyoto extends good wishes for a good life. was built in 1252.
The Botanical Garden praying.
Rice fields praying.
A thousand years ago huge floats like this were used by the central government to frighten the local tribes into submission.
Students are assigned jobs at their school. They take turns serving lunch.
Other students sweep floors or clean the chalk boards. serving lunch.
The elementary school students performed a special music assembly for us.
The junior high school building was 1 year old and made entirely of cedar.
Middle school students performed an experiment in which they generated carbon dioxide gas.
High school biology students prepared cross-sections of pine needles in order to observe the stomates under the microscope.
This was my host family in Noshiro. making drums.
I was taught calligraphy and Japanese cooking. making drums.
I learned about a traditional tea ceremony and how to use a pottery wheel.
We drove along the northwest coast of Japan. pottery wheel.
We looked out at the Sea of Japan. pottery wheel.
This lake is blue because of its copper content. pottery wheel.
We stopped for a traditional Japanese meal. pottery wheel.
Tempura, fish soup, and sashimi were served. pottery wheel.
We celebrated the holiday together. springs.
We had fun times. springs.