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19 November 2021

Japan connections

As we continue conversations and planning for in-person and virtual connections with friends in Tottori, Japan, we discover previously unknown Vermont linkages as further inspiration……
 
We send warm greetings from Tottori, as we move into the winter holiday season. We trust that you are in good health and spirits, and are looking forward to a prosperous new year!
 
Although the pandemic has put the brakes on many of our exchange activities, I am writing today to inform you of Vermont’s contribution to a current exhibition at Tottori’s Yamabiko History Museum. As our recent exchanges have been online, I am happy to report an example of cultural interaction between Tottori and Vermont not in the virtual but in the real world!
 
The exhibition celebrates the life of Yamane Toshiko, who was Japan’s first female diplomat. Born in 1921, this year marks the centenary of her birth. Yamane-san studied at the University of Vermont, before going on to represent Japan at the UN in New York. The exhibition displays images of her life while studying in Vermont. We were invited to participate in the display, and used this opportunity to detail the relationship between Tottori and Vermont. Many thanks for providing information and photos for the display, we are grateful for your contribution.
 
The exhibition runs from November 13th until December 26th. For more information, please check the museum website:
http://www.tbz.or.jp/yamabikokan/special/5992/
 
We hope many people are able to attend the exhibition, and are able to learn more about the relationship between our two regions.