お便り 10月
My small international friendshipbetween Japan and foreign countries
                                                                                                                               Osamu Inoue

The other day,I joinned English guid tour of Kyoto,from new Miyako Hotel to
Nijo Castle ,Kitano Temmangu,Golden Pavilion Temple,and Handcraft center for the first time.
Because when I went to London ,when I went to New York ,when I went to
Delhi(in Indea),when I went toMadrid, every time I joined local Englisuh guide tour and enjoyed wide variety of English conversations and fortunately every time I could get wounderful
foreign friends during the tours.I still now communicate with some of them by E-mail.

That was why , I had wanted to join English guid tour of Japan , and I did it one fine sunday morning.
At that time , in the tour bus was very crowded,so I sat on the back seat.
Luckily a great American asked me " May I have next to you?" "Sure, I love to." I said.
Though I had a butterfly in my stomach I tried to talk him something.
"Excuse me where are you from?"
" Michigan" he answered. "Oh Michigan!" "What do you do in Michigan?" "
I 'm a surgeon" and " Now I participate in the meeting of canser
researeches at Kyoto International Conference Hall." he said.
After that we had been talking ,talking with each other something
interesting stories not only sightseeing topics about Nijo castle,
Kinkaku Temple etc but also the presidential election race of the U.S.A,
the simultanious world depression from financial crises in America and our
family especially his lovely two daughters and so on.

Please look at the following pictures of his daughters that he sent me by
E-mail. This is the picture that they visited at Bar Harbor in Mine state.
I was so happy to see his daughters' pictures that Isent him my two granddaughters' as well.
And I hoped some day his daughters and my granddaughters would have become good frirnds each other indeed.

Finally I want to say everyone by all means.
When I started learning English comversation just after my retirement, I
could not speak English at all,but I always tried to make every oppotunity
to speak and improve my English.
As a result ,thanks to Uji International Friendship Club and the members
of our English cafe( the following introduction), now I am very interested in English communication.
And I have a dream that one day I 'd like to communicate with many
foreigners about the world peace and Japanese peace constitution in English
together at the same table of brotherhood.
This is my small international friendship between Japan and others'.
And I believe as long as I continue to have my fighting spirit ,all my dreams will come true.

意志よ疾風れ、惑うことなく、臆することなく、先ず我が人生を、今日も進め、進め!