fmfFulbright Memorial Fund American Teachers Visit Japan Summer 2001 Marie Urbanski
Summary of the FMF Memorial Fund Program 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.
Overview of the 3-Week Program • 6/17 Orientation in San Francisco • 6/18-19 Travel to Japan • 6/20-22 Meetings in Tokyo • 6/23-24 Free Time in Kyoto & Kamakura • 6/25-7/3 Visits in Noshiro City, Akita • School Visits • Home Stay • Ryokan Stay • 7/4-6 Wrap-Up Meetings in Tokyo
This was my FMF group of 19 who were to be sent to Noshiro City for school visits.
The Diet Building This is the chamber of the House of Representatives.
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 1,100th 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 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 Nebuta festival is celebrated in August. 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.
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.