About My Family (Part 1)

New York, N.Y. I am “Lady (the second girl)”, the nickname is “KEKO”

I treasure my family very much in Japan. I also think my family and my ancestors are very important. I think it is very important to know where I did I come from, how I i was raised and how to respect my family.

All eight brothers are artists Please tell me about my family. Old family, I was born in 1938 as Showa 13 as the second daughter of long-established art textile of Kyoto Tatsumura Hisashi
It is the year that the Second World War began the following year. I was born in Kyoto 

near a wonderful contry home near pine grove in front of the Mukogawa River in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. My grandfather was weak, so it seems he had it as a villa to climb the mountain. near moutanins to climb.

At that time there were four children for a while. Later four more becoming 8 brothers, there is a sister of one and half senior elder sister Takemura Keiko, a younger brother of one and a half under, Akira two years younger brother, then sister Hisuki, then, during the war He was a dead child. After the war, Four more time later I was born again. Tatsumura order, Osamu Tatsumura, Tatsumura Taeko, Tatsumura Ayako.

My elder sister Keiko was a painter who was a disciple of Mr. Uemura Matsumoto who is a Japanese painter and painted a pretty good work. Then I chose the way of music and then the next brother · Jin jumped out of NHK as a film director and I am making eight series “earth symphony (Gaia Symphony)”.

Akira leaves the oil painting department of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and studied in Paris, and then when I met in Paris I suggested that I go to Italy because I thought his character was different from the dark atmosphere of Paris, I have been active in Italy and have been active since. He was a painter who painted a very nice picture.

Jun inherited my father’s art fabric in Kyoto under the name “Mitsuo (Ko )” now. I think that there are also people who know Osamu, the  #1 yoga teacher in jaoan

Sister Taeko makes a puppet theater company and in Ise. Ayako is a teacher of arts in Kyoto, but I is retiring now. All of them are artistic family members. Everyone is influenced by my father, though gentle, strong intense personality goes back, I have a lot of faith and hard work.

When Hoshiko passed away during the war, it was “sad” for the first time in my life. I understood the emeotion of deep sorrow for the first time. It was before entering elementary school, but it was realized only when I was born at that time that I was really “sad”. Purple bamboo flowers were a beautiful season

My character a very nervous child who was anxious about small things, I can not sleep unless the clothes I wear on the next day are tightly folded squarely in the box next to the futon and it makes me cry.

With such a personality. How my nickname was Kiko, because I always say Kekey (whining). At one time before I went to kindergarten, I was crying for a long time saying that I do not like clothes or wrinkles. When I saw that I was losing kekei, always a gentle father came suddenly, I was broken in clothes, only my underwear was taken, I was thrown into the snow! I still remember the words my father said at that time.

“Humans are not outside looks! You only have to have proper INSIDE contents!”

Since Kiko began learning the piano after the war, her personality changed and it became a freewheeling daughter.
Everyone has been connected forever from his ancestors

My mother was a kind person who was kind to me. But I was strictly raised, it was also a tough man for us. I also used great courtesy and wonderful words for my mother-in-law (my grandmother) and my sister-in-law (my aunt). It was also impressive that I had never worn clothes. Why are you not wearing Western clothes? When I asked, when I came to marry I was a Japanese woman so I decided to always wear a kimono, I answered. Be sure to close the belt properly even in the hot summer.

My mother is a very good human relationship person. She had a great talent with human relationship. Everyone is respected and kind, and anyone around me will do whatever she wants even if she does not ask. It was a person who decided that it had “house wind” properly and would not do not match the domestic situation.

Always saying “If you did not do it properly your father, your mother will of course shame a lot of his ancestors long ago”, mother was told to do bad behavior. Even though we are doing great, everyone and everyone is born from Dad Mother, it is influenced by the family and it is connected from our ancestor after all. Thanks godhead. DNA

(Next = September 8 issue posted = continued)

Originally published as Vol. 39 in Weekly Biz, August 11, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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