Local student Maria Hawkins of Marietta joined fellow Clemson University students on a recent trip to Japan, as part of the school’s Japanese program. Clemson’s Japanese program was selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project (the Bridge for Tomorrow), a project that is 100 percent funded by the Japanese government with the aim of strengthening relationships between future Japanese and American leaders through cultural and youth exchange.
Twenty-three Clemson students and two chaperones went on the 11-day trip overseas for a study tour in Kobe and Tokyo. They experienced Japanese culture, advanced technologies, historical heritage and the natural environment that is unique to Japan.
As part of this youth exchange, 2,300 Japanese students will visit the U.S. later this year/ early 2015. Clemson’s Japanese program, led by Toshiko Kishimoto, associate professor of Japanese, is arranging a program for the respective group that would visit Clemson.