How to Spend the New Year’s

In the New Year, Happy to Think about Essence of the Japanese 1/25

New York, N.Y. In a blink of an eye, January is almost over. 2019 was a great year to be proud of being a Japanese, with the new Emperor being crowned and various events.

The year 2020 is said to change Japan. So I wrote it in the New Year’s greeting, but where do you think the essence of the Japanese is? I thought about five things. I am very happy because tTHEY ALL  leads to the good character of the zodiac (mouse) this year. Everybody has a good essence, so please think about it. If you have any other ideas, please let me know.

Listen to ONE THOUGHT and imagine THE OTHER NINE MORE:

(1) First, the ability to listen to 1 and imagine 10. I have lived in New York for a long time and have worked all over the world, but it is only in Japan that I can imagine what is in my mind and what is behind the words even if nothing is said. It is a characteristic of a JAPANES person. It’s very dangerous to think that the other person knows what you say in different parts of the world. I had a hard time in the first few years. Exaggeratedly say about 15 times and you will finally understand. Please be careful as there are many wrong interpretations due to cultural differences depending on the country.

Compassion for Others

(2) Be considerate of others. It means that you can understand their feelings. It is also common with the first feature. UNXERSTA DOTHERS EMOTIONS THIS IS  SIMILAR TO #1 Anyway, the Japanese have been trying to imagine the feelings of the other person, and to feel and feel the feelings of the other person since childhood. THIS IS FORM A VERY YOUNG AGE

I wanted to be an emotional artist, so when I was aiming for a pianist, I trained myself specially. I HAD A SPECIAL TRAINGIN I open the newspaper every morning and read various articles. At that time, I was exaggerating the feelings of the people involved. A sad article makes me really sad, but I thought so hard and cried with that person, and I was pleased with the happy article. In this way, I was training to broaden my emotions and better understand the feelings of others.

Pay attention to even the smallest things

(3) Pay attention to trivial matters. This is also a characteristic of Japanese people. It’s great that you can really think about AND ACCOMPLISH the details and think beautifully or properly.

Respect the time

(4) Value time. This is especially good for Japanese people. Respect for the other person. Japanese people have pride. Since time is the life of a person, being late for a promise means stealing that person’s life. You cannot repay it. There are many people in the world who do not understand this.

Keep as Much as you Can from Your Mouth

(5) Keep as much PROMISE as you can from what you say. If you are Japanese, this is a natural effort.


I think it is necessary to have the metabolism of the body as well as the metabolism of the mind. I’d like to talk about this on another occasion, too.

I wonder if the wonderful essence of Japanese people lies here. Greetings for the New Year are not just a happy New Year, but “OPENING OF THE New Year.”

New Year’s Day means brightNESS. I am proud of being a Japanese, and when the New Year comes, I return to the essence of the feeling that is fresh, regenerate that consciousness again, and start from scratch. I think.

I would like to say it again with all my heart. “Happy New Year.”

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



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About Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura

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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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