Senior Travel to Japan

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I dearly love Japan.  I had the opportunity to spend three weeks there compliments of the Japanese Government.  There were 200 of us in all with the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program.  It was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program — a U.S. government-initiated project created in 1946 to foster mutual understanding through exchanges of university students, faculty and researchers.  It has been one of the highlights of my teaching and professional career.  

More than 6,000 Japanese people have benefited from the U.S. Fulbright scholarship program. Many Japanese recipients of Fulbright scholarships went on to become leaders in government, business, and academia and were instrumental in the post-war redevelopment of Japan. To show the Japanese people’s appreciation for the Fulbright Program, the Government of Japan established the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund to invite thousands of American teachers and administrators to Japan. The 2008 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program competition marked the twelfth and last year of this program. 

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by the Government of Japan from 1997-2008, provided American primary and secondary school teachers and administrators with fully-funded short-term study tours of Japan. The program was designed to increase understanding between the people of Japan and the United States by inviting U.S. elementary and secondary educators to visit Japan and share their experiences with fellow Americans upon their return. JFMF participants traveled to Japan with other outstanding educators, learned about Japanese culture and education, and returned to implement a self-designed plan to share their knowledge and experience with their students, colleagues and community.

You may want to “bone up on your language”; I developed a site to help people interested in learning the basics of the Japanese language.
On this page we make available to seniors some Japanese audio-clips from our Language Learning Software L-Ceps Personaltrainer Japanese. This is a multimedia program featuring nearly 2000 word and sentence combinations in a motivating and easy-to-use environment. If you like the page here, please feel free to test our Free Demo of our Language Learning Software.

Additional sites helpful in travel planning to Japan include

Japan seems to be on most everyone’s travel wish list and for obvious reasons. Travel to Japan is easier than you can possibly imagine, and I highly recommend you put it on your must see list!   jeb



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