5th International Education Lecture 国際交流サロン第5回

Happy New Year! This is Steven from Seika. This article will be about the 5th lecture in my series, which was on Thursday, December 5th at the Seika Town Office. The topic for December was the 50 states of the U.S.


Japan has almost as many prefectures (47) as the U.S. does states, and each prefecture boasts some kind of famous attraction or product. For instance, Aomori Prefecture is known for its apples, and Oita Prefecture is famous for hot springs. I wanted to show people that all of the states in America also have their own claims to fame, and to talk about how different all of the states are.



Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in North America ロードアイランド州にある北アメリカ最も古いシナゴグ(ユダヤ教会)

I presented the 50 states in alphabetical order. For each state, I showed a map highlighting its location within the country and talked about the state’s total area, population and racial statistics as of last census, nickname, largest city, and capital. Then I gave a brief overview of the state where I talked about what the state is known for. From the participants’ reactions, I got the impression that they knew many of America’s landmarks, but often didn’t know which state they were in. For instance, the Grand Canyon seems quite well-known in Japan; the state of Arizona, in which it is located, does not.



Grand Canyon グランドキャニオン

After I had talked about each of the 50 states, there was a short discussion. Participants’ questions focused more on American federalism (i.e. the relationship between the federal government and the states) rather than individual states.


That concludes the lectures for 2013. Hope to see you all again this year!



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