Ryozo Tanaka

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Oct 27, 2007

Ryozo Tanaka

by Vivienne Kenrick

A question often asked of Professor Ryozo Tanaka is "What made you so keen on English culture and tradition?" To answer, he digs into his memories for "the deep structure of my Anglophilia." He said, "I spent my infancy in wartime, during the Japanese-Chinese War ...

Haruko Komura

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Oct 20, 2007

Haruko Komura

by Vivienne Kenrick

Haruko Komura said, "I don't want to be in the forefront of politics. I do want to continue working for peace." She is the wife and loyal supporter of Masahiko Komura, newly appointed foreign minister in the Fukuda Cabinet. A lawmaker and senior LDP figure, ...

Antonio Ploszay

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Oct 6, 2007

Antonio Ploszay

by Vivienne Kenrick

"Plans," said Antonio Ploszay, "are for people who are not doing what they want to do." Since Ploszay is doing what he wants to do, he does not make plans. Born in Italy, growing up multilingual and a world traveler, he says that at heart he ...

Hamilton Armstrong

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Sep 29, 2007

Hamilton Armstrong

by Vivienne Kenrick

"Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams." Hamilton Armstrong, actor, director and teacher, quotes from Bernard Pomerance's play 'The Elephant Man.' He said, "In the early '80s I was a dancer and actor as well as a ...

Lilian Mendes Kano

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Sep 8, 2007

Lilian Mendes Kano

by Vivienne Kenrick

"Despite our big, multilayered, newcomer community in Japan, the truth is that not much is known here about the variety and richness of Brazilian culture and society. It is really rewarding for me to show aspects of my home country, beyond carnival, soccer and ...

Sekiko Kamata

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Sep 1, 2007

Sekiko Kamata

by Vivienne Kenrick

Thirty years ago, the Kanagawa International Foundation came into being with the laudable aim of promoting Japan's cultural and artistic aspects to its region's audience. KIF set up the Minami Circle, which three decades later is still working in the interests of international friendship. "A ...

Katy Onda

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jul 28, 2007

Katy Onda

by Vivienne Kenrick

On a recent announcement for a one-day cooking school, Katy Onda wrote that she would introduce a British menu suitable for the summer. Her menu included curry with jasmine rice, pickled vegetables and eggs and oatmeal biscuits. She would provide jars, so that participants could ...

Mitsuya Goto

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jul 21, 2007

Mitsuya Goto

by Vivienne Kenrick

Mitsuya Goto can tell any aspiring student how to learn English. "You really have to want to," he might say, and "you must use any tool available to you." In his case, when he was still a high-school student his family was bombed out ...

Barbara Abbate

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jul 14, 2007

Barbara Abbate

by Vivienne Kenrick

"Our latest trip, a return to Japan after 23 years, to see old friends and old places is especially exciting. We feel at home. The essential politeness, cleanliness, naivete, kindness and curiosity of the people have not changed. It is very comforting, and we ...

Kyoko Mimura

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jul 7, 2007

Kyoko Mimura

by Vivienne Kenrick

"Recognizing some kind of beauty goes beyond all borders," Kyoko Mimura said. She speaks from her own experience of dealing with borders and recognizing beauty beyond them. She gives credit to Soetsu Yanagi, born at the end of the 19th century, for ideas that she ...

Jorge Ferreras

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 30, 2007

Jorge Ferreras

by Vivienne Kenrick

Those who know him well agree that Jorge Ferreras is unusually talented and highly original. With his whimsies, his art and piano he has a gift for lighting up the space he occupies. He is an architect and artist, NHK radio man and university ...

Yukari Pratt

People | PERSONALITY PROFILE Jun 16, 2007

Yukari Pratt

by Vivienne Kenrick

Put together the bright picture of a girl, growing up in Minnesota, with her younger brother, their Japanese mother and American father. She attended Luther College in Iowa, and took her degree there in a compelling interest, music. She said: "Music played a big ...