On December 12, high school students from Oregon USA experienced Okinawa karate as part of the “Kakehashi Project” project sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) Kyushu Branch was in charge of carrying the entire program.

  The karate program was coordinated by our center, and karate instruction was done Shōrin-ryū Kyūdōkan Higa Koyū. Most of the high school students who tried karate are studying Japanese language, and had fun at discovering basic movements all the way to Fukyū-gata I.

  During this 5 nights 6 days trip, the 23 high school students (15-18 years old) and 2 teachers from the Churchill High School also visited the Peace Memorial Museum, participated in an exchange program with Nago High School, homestay and workshops.

  Following Cambodia, the United States and Hawaii in the past, this is the fifth time that OKIC organized karate programs for overseas youth.