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LIM College Selected to Participate in KAKEHASHI Project to Strengthen U.S. – Japan Relations Through Educational Exchange

kakehashi_logoOn March 24 and 25, LIM College will host a group of 25 graduate students and faculty members from Japan’s Bunka Fashion Graduate University as part of the KAKEHASHI Project: The Bridge for Tomorrow.

The visit will culminate with a reception and presentations by the Bunka students on fashion and culture unique to Japan on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:15 p.m. at Maxwell Hall.

The KAKEHASHI Project aims to help U.S. students create and nurture an interest in international relations while advocating the strengths and charms of Japan. It is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan), and co-organized with the Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution.

LIM College is one of only 21 U.S. higher education institutions selected to take part in the cross-cultural endeavor, which began last fall and will ultimately see a total of 2,300 college, middle- and high school students participate over a two-year period. In addition to the upcoming visit from Bunka Fashion Graduate University students, 12 LIM College Fashion Merchandising majors, Fashion Merchandising Department Chair Terry Burstein, and Professor Derek Cockle will travel to Japan this June for an all-expense-paid, 10-day study tour.

As part of their visit to New York, LIM College will take the Japanese students on field trips to the showrooms and offices of major players in the U.S. fashion industry. The students will also take a class on American fashion culture at LIM College.

At the March 25 invitation-only event, students from Bunka Fashion Graduate University will give presentations to a gathering that will include members of the LIM College community as well as invited local officials and members of the Japanese-American community in the U.S. The topics will be:

  • Otaku (Geek) Culture in Japan
  • The Influence of Traditional Japanese Events and Costumes on Modern Fashion
  • The Role of the Japanese Culture of Compassion in Fashion and Business
  • The Importance of Traditional Techniques in Modern Japanese Manufacturing

Says Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President of LIM College, “LIM College is extremely proud to have been selected to participate in such a prestigious international program. It is our hope that the relationships our students build at the academic level will extend to the professional level as they pursue careers in the global fashion business. I am confident that this visit to New York will enhance the Japanese students’ understanding of America, and, as we show them the businesses behind American fashion labels, they will truly understand why New York is a worldwide fashion capital.”