YAMAGUCHI, Japan – University of Hawai’i Maui College Fashion Technology instructor Cheryl Maeda, lecturer Dava Leynes, student Ria Razzauti and graduate Anna Kahalekulu participated in the week-long Super Global Fashion Workshop last month hosted by the Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan.
“Participating in the Super Global Fashion Workshop in Japan was an honor and a tremendous opportunity for the UHMC Fashion Technology students and teachers to gain exposure and experience,” Maeda said. “Japan is influential in the world of fashion and our students were fortunate to showcase their designs and work with students from Japan and Finland.”
The workshop, held October 24 – 29, was the brainchild of Yamaguchi Prefectural University Professor Yumiko Mizutani, to create and inspire commercial, cultural and tourism exchange.
UH Maui College and YPU penned an exchange on February 17, which led to a nursing faculty exchange and an inter-cultural exchange program with 12 YPU students on campus last September, which was accompanied by Prof. Mizutani. The Fashion Workshop was the latest exchange program among the universities, which brought students from Maui, Finland and Japan to attend sessions on design principles, indigo dyeing and paper making.
Participants also visited the Syouzanpaku Denim Factory and attended a special dinner hosted by Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“I had a wonderful, amazing, fun and memorable experience in Japan,” student Ria Razzauti said. “Everyone at YPU, Yamaguchi City and the First lady were so gracious, generous and accommodating.”
For more information on the UH Maui College Fashion Technology program or the Super Global Fashion Workshop, contact program coordinator Cheryl Maeda at email@example.com. For general information on international opportunities, contact the UH Maui College International Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Stephanie Ohigashi at (808) 984-3398.
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Here are some more photos and videos from the trip from Ria: