Breakfast is the source of my power. When I was in Boston I got up early morning, washed my face then went to the cafeteria, but I was always still sleepy. I take some food from the platter to my plate. I always pick up almost the same foods like scramble eggs, hash browns and rice. These are simple, just put these foods on my plate then I sprinkle a dried seasoning called “Noritama”. The taste is very Japanese and a little sweet, then I mix with dried seaweed and eggs. “Noritama” is very important for me. I can’t start the day without Noritama. A dried seasoning reminds me of Japanese breakfast. We usually eat baked eggs, rice, miso soup and some side dishes. When I lived in japan, I often eat rice balls. My mother often made many kinds of rice ball for me. It is easy to make, anybody can make it and the taste is good. My mother makes rice balls of Noritama when she doesn’t have enough time in the morning because it is really easy. It was very simple but it is one of my nostalgic foods.
Dried seasonings have many kinds of taste in japan but Noritama is the most popular, especially for kids I think. I have two nephews; they are three years old and two years old. They love Noritama rice balls. I love them too. I remember when Noritama appeared in Showa’s cafeteria, I was really glad I could have this taste. I also put ketchup on the scramble eggs and hash browns. These foods make me get high tension and help wake my brain up in the morning.
Breakfast is important for us, it gives us power every day. When I was a student of middle school and high school, I often skipped breakfast because I was a sleepyhead, I didn’t have time, then my brain didn’t work in the morning when I hadn’t had breakfast. It is now too. I usually didn’t have breakfast a few years ago but when I was in Boston I changed my style for school life. After I changed my breakfast style, my health was changed. Also, after I changed my style I got into the habit of waking up early. Then I can use the time for other things in the morning. It was “truly a case of killing two birds with one stone.”
Breakfast makes it more difficult for our body to gain weight and keeps a good health balance. Most Japanese girls are always thinking about losing weight. I do too. If people don’t eat three meals, the body will be losing balance, making it easy to gain weight or have an unhealthy body. That’s why breakfast is the source of my power, it is better for our brain, health and life.
Last year I took fall classes at Boston College. As everyone knows, BC has very good and very huge campus more than Showa Tokyo in Japan. I like BC’s school building because these are like castles. My class was learning about Introduction to Organizational Behavior/Communication. This class focuses on the human aspects of management. We started with the individual, move to interpersonal communication and group behavior, discuss organizational culture and also leadership. I had learned about what is an ideal leader of group and how is the difference between American organization and Japanese organization. I was interested in those topics and in the future, I’ll use technics which learn from this class. This class had so many group work and discussions. The last off-campus class of spring was lecture. The lectures were pretty difficult for me because professors talk speed was really first. I often couldn’t understand what he said. My professor was very kind and he can speak Japanese little bit. He could understand about ours and he often spoke to us during discussion then he gave us easier question sometime. This class was also difficult because of group work and discussion. I couldn’t join them during group work. It makes me so nervous and stressful every time. It was good experience but it was too embarrass time. I had a class every Monday once a week. The last off-campus class of spring was little hard because I had class twice of week it was very busy. My first day was really awful because I was very nerves then I couldn’t talk with students so much. I regret about that now. I just talked with the guy who works at Business Company. He was really kind and he could understand we can’t speak English fluently and we are still learning English. I should have talked with more other students. American students don’t sleep during class, they were taking notes a lot and they asked questions. We had many discussions so during discuss, many people speak up and they said own opinion every time. Those opinions were very interesting and creatively. Some student said joke then he makes good mode of class. That’s very American. Everybody has strong opinion. These are really different with Japanese students. I think most American college students are very hard workers with good behavior. They ask so many questions to professor and they talked each other even they don’t know each other so much. I like these styles. I could learn good American student style and class style. This class was pretty hard for me but I could get good experience. I would like to use those good experiences in my school life.
Most divers are eager to go to the Great Barrier Reef located in the northeast of Australia. Blue sky and ocean are spreading all around. It’s the biggest coral reef in the world. It is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands and it stretches for 2000 kilometers. 400 kinds of corals, 4000 kinds of shells and 240 kinds of birds live in the Great Barrier Reef. In 1981 it was registered as a world heritage. 20 islands around the reefs became resort areas. We can enjoy a beautiful view, cruising and diving.
Unfortunately, because of global warming, many corals are dying. Rise of the temperature damages corals. We have responsibility to protect such a beautiful view. I really want to go there after I get a diving license because I love ocean and swimming. If I have a diving license, I will go diving around the world. I hope I will see the beautiful coral reef. More information at Unesco.