Vienna: Mrs. Reagan and the ‘Just Say No’ Campaign (76)

New York, N.Y. In my last column, I wrote the operetta performance, but when I was planning this performance, I was contacted by Mrs. Reagan’s office.

At that time, it was a social issue that children could easily get out of drugs to distract them, and Mrs. Reagan was trying to run a famous drug eradication campaign called “Just Say No.”

A variety of spectacular events are needed to spread the campaign, and she plans to partner with them to go out there to give drug-prevention speeches and call for cooperation. It was.

As a big event to kick off this campaign, this operetta I planned was suitable, and the tour will be started at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in accordance with her request. It was.

By this time I had already gained 20 years of experience as an international business operator, and by this time I had become famous in the industry, so if you ask this person, you will be able to do even a large-scale difficult event. I think it was supposed to be.

After this, Mrs. Reagan traveled for a total of 400,000 kilometers to spread the campaign. The Gold Medal of Cultural Merit, the gold medal from Vienna in the sense that its name is known, was really amazing. As an award as a person who contributed to the art development of Vienna, it was truly the only city of music, and perhaps it was an award related to art, and I had a luxurious celebration.

The party was gorgeous, with a good invitation and the ambassadors and top European music culture leaders. After that, there was a big party at the City Hall in Vienna, and the Vienna Symphony played the waltz for me.

I stood in the middle and everyone told me to give a speech in the back, so I don’t remember what I said, but I did say something. Many friends from all over the world came to celebrate. There were many newspaper publishers from all over the world, but no Japanese newspaper publisher. I wonder why that was.

Then there was a dinner party. I was surprised that this was also a great treat. What surprised me the most was the roasted pork, which was the best treat in Austria and Hungary. At this time, I was surprised to see the roasted pork for the first time in my life!It is a roasted piglet, but after all, the piglet was placed on the table in the middle with its legs strethced fornt and back. The pig lies on a plate and a plate with his hind legs straight and his hind legs straightened, and its tail and ears stand sharply. itsmouth is open and I am holding a bright red apple. its mouth and eyes seemed to smile, so eat me! Anyway, I was surprised how it could make that kind of expression.

I felt pain for the pig  but whaterve is  born,  always die. When I thought that I would live, I was rather envious. I’m writing such a boring column, but now that I’m dead, I wish I could live my word in someone else’s mind, right now. I was so thankful and full of gratitude that I was doing something great for me. Contribution to the city’s culture in the city of music would be such an honor, I appreciate it.

The medal I received is a very large pure gold medal, and if I convert it into a medal, it will be a considerable amount of money (laughs). It had a beautiful long ribbon.The news of this award was reported all over the world, but in particular, we interviewed the German magazine “BUNTE.de.” I was surprised that Princess Diana was right next to the magazine. I have my face in a place where only celebrities that everyone knows are listed. This magazine is more prestigious in the world than “TIME magazine” and “Newsweek” in the US, and it was a well-known magazine that everyone knew. It was also featured in newspapers around the world. When I look back, I think I have had various interesting experiences with Vienna.

(Next issue will be published on July 6th)

Originally published as Vol. 76 in Weekly Biz, June 22, 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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