Budapest: Reunion with My 50-Year-Old Friend Beata

New York, N.Y. The other day I came back from Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

“The 9th” of the documentary series movie “Earth Symphony” created and produced by my younger brother Hitoshi Tatsumura, is hoped to be written at the end by Beethoven’s deafness. No. 9 “is one of the subjects, but Kenichiro Kobayashi (conductor) and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra will appear. And part of the shooting plan is Budapest.

I decided to cooperate with the moveie production of “Earth Symphony” “No. 9”, so I went to Budapest because of this, and I called my old best friend, Beata, from Vienna, It was a memorable trip for me.

I got to know each other in my 20s Now that the two are very old and old, but when I count how many years I’ve been friends with Beata, it’s been over 55 years! I met in my twenties when I was a student, and have been good friends ever since.

She always lives in Vienna, but since she is a Hungarian born in Budapest, she said that this might be the last time, and she came out so hard.

My first encounter with her was in London in 1963. In 1962 I first came to America and in 1963 traveled alone to Europe. Since I was a student, I decided to spend a $ 5 a day trip, so I stayed at YMCA in London. It was Beata that someone came in at midnight who lived in London and was doing au pairing to take care for the children, but she was fired that day and she couldn’t go hme to Vienna, so I couldn’t go to Vienna soon enough, so I entered the Y in London.

Talking to her, her mother was a pianist who studied at the Conservatory of Liszt and knew of the famous Hungarian composers and musicians such as Bartok Berah and Kodaly Zoltan. They were my favorite musicians, so I immediately got along.Thiss happened berfore I couldn’t even imagine being an international entertainer in the future.

From the next day, they started hitchhiking around Europe. She taught me how to live there. For example, breakfast. If I said I would save money by not eating breakfast, she was ridiculous! I say. In Britain breakfast is served like a pile of meat and bread. She told me, “I’ll eat until I’m full, and then I’ll make a sandwich for lunch and bring it with us.”

As for the hitchhiking, which country was too dangerous to love girls (laughs), and whcih car of any country

Anyway, I went to various cities, starting with Stratford in Shakespeare, going to Italy and France, and since it was my first time in Europe, I saw a lot of cultural heritage.

She was always good at spending money, living and saving money. I had something like a pot for tea, and I always made tea and sandwiches in our room. Discuss life’s stories

In Florence, there is the famous Piazza Michelangelo square, which is a slightly elevated area, and we looked over the city from there and talked about life. I wanted to say goodbye to Rafael Hillier (one of the founders of the Juliard Quartet), who was later married, and she said she was 24 years old, and her dad said Is 25 years older than his mother, but they both love each other and they are older, so there is no need to worry.

I DECIDED NOT TO MARRY R.H. AS HE WAS 24 YARS OLDER. BEA SAID HER FATHER WAS 25 YEARS OLDER THAN HER MOHTER AND HEY LIVEF HAPPIY – SO I DEDCIED AGE DID NOT MATTER.  LASTE WEE CONTINUES TO BE FRIDSNS AND SOMETIME SHE CAME TO TOUR GERMANY WITH US. SHE LOVED HE CONCERSTS. AFTER THAT I MET HER A LOT IN VIENNA. SHE WENT ON THER OWN TO JAPAN NAD MET EVERY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY SHE BACAEM VERY GOOD FRIED S WITH MASTER KIBAYASHI. WE BOTH HAVE MANY MEMORIES NOW.
I’ve been friends ever since, and one year she’d been on the German Tour of the Juilliard Quartet. During the 21-day journey, she had nineteen concerts, but she enjoyed playing every day. I’ve met many times since then, and I’ve been to NY and Japan. I was surprised when I came to see all my family in Japan when I wasn’t there. During this trip, Mr. Kobaken and I became very close friends, and Mr. Beata was delighted and the memories of both of them increased.

Originally published as Vol. 73 in Weekly Biz, May 25, 2019; 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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