Honda Sends Japanese Students to Los Angeles for Cultural Exchange Program

Honda’s influence is ingrained in American culture. It is hard to gaze upon the streets of Gardena, California, and not see at least a handful of Honda vehicles pass by. News of the release of the 2017 Honda Accord, for example, is prominent across the United States. And by the way, can you believe this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Honda Accord in America? At DCH Gardena Honda, we can still remember the first Honda sedan we sold in the Los Angeles area; it was a special moment. And yet, for all its impact on American culture, Honda was originally based in Japan. Having a sort of dual-citizenship in the U.S. and Japan, however, gives Honda a unique opportunity to bring the two countries together, which it does, for example, with the TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program.

The Tohoku Region of Japan was affected not long ago by a natural disaster. In an attempt to bring hope to the situation, Honda is sponsoring Japanese high school students to come to the U.S. for two weeks to learn about American culture through its music. The Japanese students live in Los Angeles, California, and participate in cultural learning activities like visiting U.S. businesses and interacting with local high schoolers. It is efforts like the TOMODACHI Cultural Exchange Program that remind us that Honda is not only an automaker responsible for some exciting car designs but also a contributor to the betterment of our communities worldwide, including right here in Los Angeles.

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