The TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda Motor Co., Ltd (“Honda”) have launched the TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program, which sends high school students from the disaster-affected Tohoku Region to the United States for a two week cultural exchange program where they learn about U.S. traditions and culture through music. The students will visit the Los Angeles area in California and will have the opportunity to participate in the Rose Parade, experience a homestay, and visit American businesses and a high school.
TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program 2017
For the third year of the “TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program”, high school students from Fukushima prefecture will travel to California for a cultural exchange experience. This program showcases Honda’s unique way of supporting the education and development of future U.S.-Japan leaders through an experiential learning program theme, “Music as a Universal Language.”
Fully funded by Honda, this cultural exchange program has sent high school students from the disaster-affected prefectures of Miyagi and Iwate in the past two years. The 2017 program will send an approximately 15 Japanese high school students from Fukushima to Los Angeles, California for a two-week exchange program from December 26, 2016 to January 9, 2017. As a part of the program, they will participate in an iconic American New Year Celebration, the Rose Parade by playing music. This parade has more than 120 years of history and is presented by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program 2016
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TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program 2015
From December 25, 2014 to January 8, 2015 twenty high school students from Miyagi prefecture participated in the TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program in Los Angeles, California. The students had an opportunity to participate as part of the lead float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, a parade which usually draws 700,000 onlookers and more than the 55 million television viewers from around the world. Each of the students brought items from their hometowns in Tohoku to display as part of the Japan-themed float. The students also experienced homestays with local families, visited American companies, explored the University of California, Los Angeles campus, and engaged with local high school students.
The students kicked-off their stay in Los Angeles by participating in several community projects that are supported by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., which enabled them to experience first-hand the importance of public service in American culture. Later that evening students were welcomed by their host families, who included Steve Morikawa of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and several U.S.-Japan Council members including Henry Ota and Dr. Susumu Ito, a member of the all Japanese-American 442nd Regiment during World War II. Prior to the Rose Parade, the students met with several American military officers who took part in Operation Tomodachi, the disaster relief and humanitarian assistance mission to support Japan in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Read More>>
Through this program, TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda
Motor Co. aims to invest in the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Japan, while strengthening relations between the two countries.
This program is fully funded by Honda Motor Co., Ltd and administered by EIL Japan, a non-profit educational exchange organization.