Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Study on environment

We learned much about the issues on food - local food, sustainability, diversity.
We got together on the memorial bench of the XIV Dalai Lama's visit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Campus tour

We brought our own lunch to Middlebury College,
and enjoyed lunch after the campus tour.

Monday, October 22, 2012

School shadowing starts

The Tottori students joined the classes in their partners' schools.
(This is a Math class in Mt. Abe Union High School.)

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Tottori members are all fine here in Vermont.
Last night we had good time at the orientation in Burlington High School. We enjoyed the potluck style dinner there.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Liam Knight

I am Liam Knight.  I am a 9th grader at Mt Abe Union High School, I'm 14 years old.  I'm part of the rowing club and I play the trumpet.  I also enjoy doing math and reading.  This is a picture of me w/ my parents and my little brother (he's 12).

Some food items grown or produced in Vermont include: Milk, Beef, Bacon, Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, lettuce), Apples, Grains (like wheat).

Vermont is probably most famous for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry's ice cream!  Those two items are some of my most favorite foods (especially when they're put together!)

The 3rd Thursday of November every year in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving by eating a meal that commonly includes a roast turkey, with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and lots of vegetables.  Thanksgiving remembers the English settlers' first harvest in this country.

One of my favorite foods that is NOT produced in Vermont is mango.

Our school's food has improved greatly in the last few years, and they are purchasing locally produced foods.  Buying local foods is good for the environment because then it doesn't have to be transported over long distances so it uses less gas (fewer carbon emissions).  Plus, it is fresher because it can be harvested closer to the time it is eaten.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Food & Food Sources Project

Howdy folks.  Here are some questions and answers about Vermont and its food.

What are some different food items that are grown or produced within your state?
Maple syrup, milk, cheese, beans, peas, pumpkins & gourds, melons, and broccoli.

Are there any foods that your state is famous for?
Vermont is famous for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.  Many people also think about cows when they think about Vermont.

What is your favorite locally produced food?
Maple syrup.  Its delicious, and you can put it on so many things.

Describe a meal from your state that has some importance.
One is sugar on snow.  Sugar on snow is type of dessert snack made by pouring warm maple syrup over fresh snow.  Because Vermont is all about maple syrup and it snows during the winter, this is a perfect treat.

Is there something that cannot be produced in your state?
White rice and mangoes aren't locally grown in Vermont.  Instead, it is imported.  Because I eat a lot of white rice, I wish it could be grown locally.

Does your school serve local food?
Yes, Burlington High School does serve some local food.  However I bring a lunch from home, so I don't eat it very often.

Is there a relationship between local food production and environmental conservation?
There is a relationship between local food production and environmental conservation.  To begin,  local food production reduces greenhouse gas emissions caused by the transportation of food from one location to another.  When importing foods from out of the country, there is even more pollution caused by transportation.
Environmental conservation also effects food production.  Without a comfortable climate in farming areas, crops may whither or even die.  Coupled with rising overpopulation issues, poor environmental conservation could lead to famine.

My lunch and dinner:)

I don't usually have breakfeast during school days because I have to rush in the morning!

School lunch: half eaten pizza( I forgot to take a picture before I started eating haha) and potatos squares!!

Dinner: spagetti and turkey sausage:) with spinach

About my meal

I introduce my meal in a day.
Firstly, these are my breakfast.Egg toast,Yorgurt and Vegetable juice.
Ingredients: egg,cheese,mayonase,bread,yogurt and vegetable juice.

Secondly,this is my lunch.It's Omelette with rice.My mother often cooks for me at lunch.It's delicious.
ingredients: egg,onion,chiken,rice,

Finally,dinner.nikujaga,cold tofu,potato salada and rice mixed with various grains.
ingredients: potatos,carrots,onion,beef,tofu,cucumber,rice and various grains.

「Food & Food sources Project」 Prompt Questions Answer

q  Make a list of 8-10 different food items that are grown or produced within your state or prefecture.
  pear, shallot, watermelon, long green onion, tubular roll of boiled fish past, crab, tuna and
  Chinese yam.
q  Are there any foods that your state or prefecture is famous for?  What are they?
  Tottori famous foods are pear, crab, long green onion and shallot.
q  What is your favorite locally produced food?
  My favorite food is long green onion.
q  Describe a meal from your state or prefecture that has cultural, historical, community or family significance to it.
  Tottori cultural meal is kakinohazushi. It is vegetarian cooking place in the tyugoku
  mountains, Yazu District.
q  What are some fish and animal products from your state or prefecture?
  Dryed flatfish, dryed sandfish, crab and dryed seaweed.
q  Is there a food item that is not produced locally that you would like to see grown or produced in your state or prefecture?
  Fruits. For example, mango, melon, apple, orange and so on.
q  Is there a food item that you like that cannot be produced in your state or prefecture?  Where does it come from and how is it transported to your state or prefecture?
q  Does your school serve locally produced food? Do you like it?
  Yes. When I was junior high school student, my school serve local foods. For example, carrot, long green onion, taro, milk, beef and so on. These were very delicious.
q  Do you think that there is a relationship between local food production and environmental conservation?  Why?  Why not?  Explain your response.
I think there is relationship between local food production and environmental conservation.
I think we can warn about environmental conservation through local food production. If environmental pollution happen, local farmer can't produce many foods.

About my meal.

I am Hinako Watatani.

fist, these are  my breakfast.
Rolls,banana,coffee milke.
Ingredients:somen,wiener,cucumber,umeboshi,dipping sause,egg.
But, it is eaten by many people in summer because it is cold. In winter, it isn't  eaten so much.
Third,dinner,curry and rice and watermelon.
Watermelon is famous fruit in Tottori. I like it:)
Curry and rice are cooked by me and my grand mother. It is easy to cook it. And, deicious!

My lunch and dinner

These are my lunch. Boiled rice with chestnuts, simmer chicken, propagule and chawan-mushi. These were delicious but I don't like propagule.

These are my dinner. Grilled saury with salt, simmered pumpkin and tempura (sweet potato, fish, japanese ginger). I made a fire with charcoal and grilled saury. (little scorch)

This is my breakfast,lunch and dinner.

I'll tell you about my meal.

This is my break fast.

↑rice , miso-soup , omelet and tomato

I always eat packed lunch  which my mother makes at my school.
I eat it with my friend.
Talking with them is very fan.

↑rice , pork cutlet , omelet , pumpkin , green beans , tofu and pear

I belong to the brassband club, so I always get home at late time.
When I get home, dinner is already made.

↑curry and rice and salad

Curry and rice is eaten by many people in Tottori.
A consumption of the curry and rice of Tottori was the first in Japan!

Ayumi Hosaki

I'm Ayumi Hosaki. Nice to meet you :)

I'm 16 years old and go to Tottori West High.

I belong to Sado club and English club.

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon :D

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Vermont Famous Stuff

Are there any foods that your state or prefecture are famous for?  What are they?

The two things that I think Vermont might be famous for are...
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is a sweet and delicious product that is really good on pancakes!  It can also be used with meats, candies, or even snow.

This is maple syrup
Sugar on snow- Maple syrup that
 is poured when its nice and warm over snow

Ben & Jerry's
Ben and Jerry's ice cream is a hip and overpriced ice cream product from Vermont.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavors

Tottori is famous for.....

Are there any foods that your state or prefecture is famous for?  What are they?

Tottori is famous for 

  • 21th century pears
       Tottori produce the biggest number of this kind of pears in Japan.
       They are very delicious, so I like it very much :)

  • Shallots
      These shallots are called "sakyu rakkyo" , which means shallots produced from sand dunes.

Tottori is also famous for Mtuba crabs, Japanese beef, tofu-chikuwa.

My breakfast, lunch, & dinner.

Howdy folks.
Oatmeal, toast, peanut butter, and Juice.
This is one thing I might eat for breakfast.  Its easy to make and doesn't take much time, which is good because I have to get to school in the morning.
Omelette with fried rice, ham, & peas
When I get home after school, I eat something small for lunch.
Chicken & Rice!
At night I usually have some kind of meat with rice.  Here I'm eating chicken and fried rice, but that's good for every meal of the day!
My mother is from the Philippines, so I grew up eating rice all the time.  Many of her Filipino recipes had to be changed because she couldn't find the right ingredients in Vermont.

About my breakfast

 These are my breakfast.
 Rice ball, miso-soup, broiled sardine, boiled okra seasoned and strings-of-burdock-root-and-carrot-fried.
 These were cooked by my mother. My mother always cook healthy meal.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Misaki Hashimoto

My name is Misaki Hashimoto.
Please call me Misaki!

My hobbies are listening music and doing calligraphy.

I like k-pop very much.
Especially I love "SHINee".

Of course, I also like western music.
I often listen to Taylor Swift's songs.

I belong to the calligraphy club.
↓ My works.↓

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Maiko Ikuta

Hi!  My name is Maiko Ikuta :)
Please call me Maiko.

I'm  16 years old and go to Yonago Higashi high school.
I belong to string club and ESS club.

My hobby is listening to western music ,  playing the musical instruments , and learning foreign languages.
I play the piano, guitar,trumpet,ukulele, and violin ;)

This is the sea near my house.

 I'm looking forward to meeting you !!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nice to meet you !

My name is Motofumi Takahama
Please call me Moto.

I'm 16 years old and I go to Yurihama high school.
I like Go, Kendo and watching sports.

There was a festival in my town.
It was very fun.

I am looking forward to seeing you!! (^-^)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Okamura Sakura

Hi!!everyone :)
My name is Okamura Sakura.
Please call me Sakura!!

I'm 17years old. And I go to Aoya high school. My school near the sea!!

I like to read books, listen to music,and cooking♪♪

Last week, I made "Shrimp with Chili Sauce". My family like this dishe!!

I'm really looking forward to go to Varmont!!!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Question for everyone!

Why did people pick this program? Was it because you wanted to go abroad? Meet new people? Thanks! and hope to get to know you guys better when you come!! :)

Hasegawa Runa

Hasegawa Runa

Hi!!I'm Runa Hsegawa. Prease call me Runa;)

I’m 17 years old.
I go to Tottori KEIAI high school.
I belong to drama club.

My hobbies are drawing illustration, reading comics and playing the piano.

↑I drew this picture.

I live with grandmother,father,mother,sister and brother.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!!

Yuki Tanaka

Hello(^^)/  I'm Yuki Tanaka.

I'm a sixteen-year-old girl and on the 1st grade in Tottori Nishi high school.
I belong to Brassband club and chorus club.
I play the clarinet and sing soprano.
I like music very much!!

I live with Father,Mother and my dog!

Her name is cookie.
I love my family.

I'm looking forward to meeting you☆


I ask a question.
What kind of music do you like?
please tell me.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mari Nakao

Hi, my name is Mari Nakao.Please call me Mari.I'm 17 years old.I live with father,mother,sister and dog.I go to Yazu high school.I'm a member of the tennis club.
My hobbies are dancing and listening to music.I belong to dance team.The dance is Japanese traditional dance.It's very very fun! Look at under the picture.This picture which I paformed with my dance teammate.

I'm looking foward to meet everyone.

Spencer Norland

Hello my name is Spencer. I am 16 years old and go to Mt. Abe. I am a junior right now. I have a younger brother, a younger sister, an older sister who is currently in Ecuador, and my trusty dog Nigel. I enjoy photography, hunting, fishing, hiking, and almost anything outdoors. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and showing you Vermont!


Hello!My name is WATATANI Hinako.Please call me Hina:)

I am 16 years old. And my birthday is October 19th. So,I become to be 17 years old in Vermont! I go to YNCT(yonago national college of technology high school), Tottori. The students in my class major in materials science. My dream is to become an international scientist who makes something that saves the nature from environmental problems.
I am member of swimming club at school. I enjoy the my club activity.

we are a family of four,my mother,father,grandmother. And I have four cats☆

I am looking forward to meeting!

My house near this SEA

Mizuki Ichimura

Hi, my name is Mizuki Ichimura.
I am 16 years old and I am on my 2nd year in high school.
  I go to Yonago Higashi High School.
 I belong to string club and play the violin. I like music!
We are a family of four, father, mother, little sister and myself.
We have a dog. I often take a walk with my dog. It's very fun!

I can't wait to go to Vermont and meet you!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Katie Watterson

Hi, I'm Katie Watterson, a senior at Burlington High School. I'm new to Burlington, I recently moved from the faraway state of Virginia. Even though I'm new to Vermont myself, I'm excited to show it to you guys!

Some of my interests are: music in all its forms--singing and playing stringed instruments including viola and guitar, and also studying languages. Besides English I also speak Spanish and am learning French, and I hope to learn something about Japanese as part of this exchange.

I can't wait to meet you all!!

Kaitlyn M. Gomez

Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Gomez.
I am a 17 year old Senior at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vermont. I am the youngest child of two.  My sister is 19 years old and she goes to college in New York.  I live with my mom and dad. We have a cat and a dog. 
My interests include photography, dance, motorcycles, and having fun. I love to travel, spend time with my friends, listen to music, and try new things.
My goal for the future is to do what I love and help others, and communities in need.

I'm Aoki Ryuichi.

Hi,I'm Aoki Ryuichi.

I'm 17 years old,aod live in yonago city,tottori.
We are a family of four. My mother,father,older sister and I!
My school is Sakai High School.

 I like to going cycling and playing  tennis!
I  am excited and can't wait to go Vermont!