Apply to the Kakehashi Project

Applications for the December 2019 Trip are now open!

Trip dates: December 16-24, 2019

Application deadline: September 22, 2019, at 11:59pm Hawaiian Standard Time (HST)

A separate application will be opened in November for the February 2020 trip.

Application Checklist:

First, fill out this application.

Then, please upload the following documents:

  1. Hand-signed Letter of Understanding submitted as a PDF
  2. A current photo (taken within 3 months)
  3. A copy of your valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport at this time, you may submit documentation that proves you have already applied for a passport, you must submit a copy of your actual passport no later than October 13. If you do not submit a copy of your passport by the October 13, you will not be able to attend the trip

All documents to be submitted with the application.


  • Must be interested in U.S – Japan relations, as well as Japanese American interests.
  • Japanese American
  • Currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, or young professionals who have an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Must have US permanent resident status (citizens or green card holders) and travel with a US passport
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the date of acceptance into the program and no older than 25 on the day they intend to depart for Japan
  • Japanese dual citizens under the age of 22 may apply
  • Those who have participated in Kakehashi or other programs funded by the Japanese government are ineligible.
  • Those who have studied or stayed in Japan for over a year are ineligible.
  • You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.

*Please be sure to review the JICE Application Guidelines, found here.

Sample Itinerary–  Please note that the schedule is just an example, there may be changes.

Apply to be a supervisor

Fill out this application by September 25, 2019 11:59pm HST


Student Application – Sunday, September 22, 11:59pm HST

Supervisor Application – Wednesday, September 25, 11:59pm HST

Passports – Sunday, October 13, 11:59pm HST



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