Recognition as a National Living Treasure (Japanese)

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(Japanese) I think it was around 1994. What's it called... "National Heritage"? I never imagined I would have the opportunity to introduce Tea to the people of Washington DC. But America is so gracious. They arranged everything, from hotels and whatnot, for about a week's stay for me, my students, and others who also came, like Robert Hori, etc. So we went to Washington DC, and it was as if I were in a dream; I spoke about anything and everything related to Japan, and I later performed the Tea Ceremony. That was such a wonderful thing, for Washington DC to give me a chance to introduce the Japanese cultural tradition of the Way of Tea. Of course, none of this could have been possible without the support of everyone involved. Afterward, when the First Lady, Mrs. Clinton, handed me the plaque, she thanked me and said that "America is a very new country," and she was grateful that I was "teaching college students about such a beautiful cultural tradition from Japan," and that I had "planted wonderful seeds for the students". What a wonderful person, Mrs. Clinton... I received so much love from her. So that was another surreal experience for me. Having the opportunity to introduce the Japanese Way of Tea in Washington DC was an unexpected delight. The fact that I—little old me—was able to introduce a part of the Japanese culture to the people of Washington DC... there is truly nothing more that I could ask for.

Date: December 19, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Nancy Araki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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