Happy Memories and "Thank you all!"
(photo: June 2006)
Mikiko Imamura-Seyller sensei, then-chair Carlos Gomez, Professor Monique Atkins.
Thank you for being there to support me at the ceremony!
Mikiko-Sensei passed away two years later,
Monique had her house burned down in the San Diego Fire in the fall that year 2006.
I hope she is well now, wishing to reach her!
Carlos retired the following year.
I can't say enough how much I appreciated their friendship
My heart-felt appreciation also goes to the following inspiring teachers whose kind heart still remains in my heart when I look back upon my life in the US: Takako Izumi sensei, Mikiko Imamura sensei, Poet/Professor Steve Kowit, Prof. Manuel Cortes, Dr. Carlos Von Son. I miss them all so much! My big thank you also goes to Dr. Dan McLeord, Professor Emeritus at SDSU, the most important person who gave me an initial support via SDSU. He is very well and active in La Jolla. With
all my love and appreciation. The classroom was my favorite place where I could be myself. The most active period was at Palomar College (1999 - 2015) after all my life was spent in the college classrooms in Japan and San Diego. Students were my Takara-mono. I had the pleasure of winning the Distinguished Faculty Award (http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/dfa/previous-recipients/) for my commitment in teaching (perhaps recommended by the students I taught. I was also recognized the following year 2007 by the Board of Directors of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce as Palomar college's Most Distinguished Faculty the following year. Wonderful Memories!
FUMIKO'S POETRY AND MUSIC 詩と音楽 My short poem "Lead Me to Henrinji Temple" was put into opera by Mr. Burton V. Foreman.
This music was to be used for a new movie by Tokuma-shobo but unfortunately it did not happen
as it was supposed to. This song was one of the three songs performed and recorded
by the Radio and Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Poland in mid 1990's.
My Happy News update:
I am directing San Diego Japanese Speech Contest since 2008, after Japan-US Center has closed their activities including this speech contest in 2007. It's our community service.