The annual report for the Japan Outreach Initiative, which details educational Japanese outreach activities throughout the state of Iowa, is now published. See the report here.
Yume Hidaka served as the UI's Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) coordinator during her two-year stay in UI International Programs. She completed more than 100 visits in 25 cities to Iowa K-12 schools, libraries, senior centers, and communities, bringing a deeper understanding of Japan to Iowans through interactive presentations about everything from daily life and school in Japan to common greetings and business etiquette.
Yume was also involved with numerous events, programs, and organizations on the UI campus. She adopted a leadership role in the UI’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club and coordinated several events for that group, featuring karaoke, origami folding, Japanese films, and a So-ran Bushi performing troupe. Her sushi workshop for the UI residence halls not only featured sushi rolling activities, but also allowed students to create cards for Japanese school children whose lives had been impacted by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The workshop was awarded “Best Educational Program of the Year.”
Yume also served as a guide and interpreter for the Iowa-Yamanashi Sister States Organization’s 50th anniversary celebration. Through the same organization, she was appointed as a member of the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Centennial committee and worked for months to organize programs for the centennial celebration.
Although Yume is no longer available to give presentations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in bringing an element of Japanese culture to your classroom or meeting and we will do our best to fulfill your request.