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The 38th IEJ (International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2013) [June 23-July 4, 2013]

The 38th IEJ (International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2013)


Outline


IIST implements the IEJ Program, which involves inviting educators engaged in the education of Japanese children in Europe and North America to Japan. The Program offers foreign educators the opportunity to experience the educational environment in Japan through school visits, home stay, and other activities, as well as to come into contact with Japanese history and culture through visits to historical facilities. It is hoped that these experiences will be a good basis for the participants in teaching Japanese students in their classroom.


Date: June 23 (Sun) - July 4 (Thu), 2013, 12days, 11 nights
Places: Tokyo, Nara, Aichi, Hiroshima, Kyoto
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training
Co-sponsors: Calbee, Inc., Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation
Cooperating organizations: Ikaruga Homestay Society, Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association, Toyota International Association
Dispatching organizations: Dallas Japanese Association, EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation, Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA), Japanese Business Society of Detroit, Japanese Firms Association of Colorado, San Antonio Japanese Companies Association, Shokokai of Portland, The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry,
(in alphabetical order)


Participants


24 educators from three countries
Participating countries: United States (19 persons), Canada (2 persons), Belgium (3 persons)


Activities, Visited Places


6/23 (Sun)
Arrival in Japan

6/24 (Mon)
Orientation, tour of Tokyo

6/25 (Tue)
Visits to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward and Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward

6/26 (Wed)
Kimono wearing experience (Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation)

6/27 (Thu)
(1) (19 persons) Transfer to Nara; visit to Todaiji temple; home stays in Nara and Ikaruga
(2) (5 persons) Transfer to Toyota; visit to Toyota Motor Corp. Takaoka Plant, discussion with Toyota Motor personnel; home stays in Toyota

6/28 (Fri)
(1) Visits to Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University and Ikaruga East Elementary School; home stay
(2) Visits to Sokakan Junior High School and Umetsubodai Junior High School in Toyota city; home stay

6/29 (Sat)
Transfer to Hiroshima

6/30 (Sun)
Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; lecture by Mr. Koji Matsuo of Calbee, Inc.;visit to Miyajima

7/1 (Mon)
Visit to the Calbee Hiroshima Plant; transfer to Kyoto

7/2 (Tue)
Tour of Kyoto

7/3 (Wed)
Wrap-up meeting

7/5 (Thu)
Departure from Japan

Overview


In Tokyo the participants visited a public elementary school and an integrated secondary school. At Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward, 10 participants gave a demonstration lesson. In addition, with the cooperation of the Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation (Suzunoya), they experienced kimono wearing. Outside Tokyo, the participants were divided into three groups for home stays in Toyota, Nara, and Ikaruga. With the assistance of boards of education, cooperating organizations, and volunteers in those regions, they visited elementary and junior high schools there. They also engaged in exchange with host families and local children, thereby coming into contact with everyday Japanese life and customs. In Hiroshima, with the support of Calbee, Inc., they visited the Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum and also listened to a precious talk on his own atom-bomb experience by Mr. Koji Matsuo, Chief Executive Counselor of Calbee Inc. Furthermore, the participants visited various sites as Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima and Kinkakuji templeand Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto. They also experienced Zen meditation at Nanzenji temple. Through these visits, the participants were able to deepen their understanding of Japan's traditional culture and history and the Japanese people's unique religious views blending Shintoism, Buddhism and other faiths. It is hoped that these experiences in Japan will help the participating educators to achieve greater educational result in teaching Japanese students in their respective regions.


Visit to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward (6/25)

Visit to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward (6/25)

Visit to the Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation (Suzunoya) (6/26)

Visit to the Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation (Suzunoya) (6/26)


Demonstration lesson at the Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward (6/25)

Demonstration lesson at the Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward (6/25)

Visit to Itsukushima Shrine (6/30)

Visit to Itsukushima Shrine (6/30)




Related Article
IIST e-Magazine No.0222-0903 2013 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program


International Exchange Dept.

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