The KAKEHASHI Project is a youth-exchange project promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the project is twofold: to heighten potential interest in Japan in order to increase the number of overseas visitors to the country as a form of economic stimulus, and to enhance international understanding of the “Japan brand”. It is an effort to promote the nation’s strengths, Japanese-style values, and attractiveness (as part of the “Cool Japan” campaign). Through this program, the government hopes to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-U.S. exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.
The Student Creators Invitation Program was a program of the KAKEHASHI Project which aimed to foster learning and networking between artistic fields and creative professions. Recruiting from artistic and creative academic programs, approximately 80 students from the U.S. were invited to visit Japan in the Spring and Summer of 2014. Participating groups undertook an 11-day (10 in Japan) intensive study program, focusing on learning first-hand about artistic programs, industries, and creative professions, including visits to educational institutions, museums, companies and non-profit organizations.
Commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan), The Japan Foundation organized the project in cooperation with The Laurasian Institution. The Laurasian Institution was responsible for recruitment, preparation and post-program aspects for all US participants.
|2014||American University||Japanese Host University|
|Jun 9th - Jun 19th|
|LIM College||NY||Bunka Fashion Graduate University||Kyoto|
|University of Cincinnati||OH||Tama Art University||Gifu|
|Montclair State University||NJ||Tokyo University of the Arts (Fine Arts/Music)||Kanazawa|
|Massachusetts College of Art and Design||MA||Tokyo University of the Arts (Film and New Media)||Gifu|
|Catawba College||NC||Tokyo University of the Arts (Fine Arts/Music)||Kanazawa|
|Rhode Island School of Design||RI||Musashino Art University||Kyoto|
The objective of this youth exchange project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-US exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future. The Invitation program refers to American schools that visit Japan.