In early May, JCMU had the unique opportunity to attend Anime Park in Canton, Michigan!
Anime Park is a unique annual Japanese media convention held in Canton High School. As you may have guessed, the unique part of this convention is that it is run mostly by high school students!
Many of the students we spoke with there were interested in studying Japanese, but had no idea that you could study abroad in Japan while still in high school. As such, they were surprised and delighted to discover that we administer the Michigan – Shiga High School Exchange. On the high school exchange, 15 Michigan students are paired with 15 Shiga students, and each get to travel to each other’s countries and live with each other’s families for a couple of weeks. The program delighted not only the students themselves, but also the parents that accompanied many of them!
We were also invited to participate in the activities that Anime Park had to offer!
The convention hosted a kid-friendly “maid/butler” themed cafe, where cosplaying volunteers served Japanese-style food such as curry, ramen, and more (this writer ordered the tempura shrimp, and it was super yummy!). They were also visited by special guest Hime Project, a Michigan-based dance group. We were excited to find out that one of the members of Hime Project was actually leaving to go on a JCMU May short program the next day!
Thank you, Anime Park!
JCMU appreciates Anime Park’s support in providing us a space to meet with and help introduce more Michigan high school students to the world of study abroad in Japan. We hope this helps more people become aware of the study abroad possibilities available to them and encourages them to go on a program in Hikone themselves. If you were an Anime Park attendee that visited our booth and would like to learn more about the wide array of programs that we offer, please visit the JCMU website.