Greetings from the Tatsuki Family!
year 2003 went by so fast and was filled with lots of good memories and
milestones. The whole family went to the cabin in Nojiri
in the summer and the winter this year. This photo shows us in our Lake Nojiri cabin at the end of 2003. The cabin was covered by almost one and
a half meter deep snow and we felt even deeper tranquility.
Maika spent a year and a half at Hawaii Preparatory Academy (on the big island) in their
intensive English program. Since
the end of this summer, she transferred to Canadian Academy, a nearby international high
school on Rokko Island. She has made a marvelous adaptation from
Hawaii back to Kobe in terms of her social life and
has been working very hard academically in order to survive in the mainstream
is in his last year at Nishinomiya Kofu high
school. He has spent his extra time
preparing for college entrance exams and has also been regularly volunteering
at the local YMCA day camp programs for children with learning
difficulties/differences. He was accepted by the department of psychology, at Koshien University whose president is a renowned
social psychologist. He is now
wondering whether to major in social or clinical/educational psychology when he
starts college in the Spring of 2004. He enjoyed
snowboarding this winter and still enjoys being tallest in the family.
is almost finished her second full academic year at Kobe City University of
Foreign Studies in the Anglo American Studies Department. She is busy
developing curriculum for Gaidai’s new graduate
program in TESOL for in-service teachers and has also been teaching two
graduate courses for Kwansei Gakuin University. Despite this full schedule,
she also is the editor of a refereed academic journal, serves as a board of
trustee member for Canadian Academy and Kobe YMCA and is working on
corpus based pragmatic research. Donna presented a paper in Toronto in July—her first time
back in nine years. She continues to study Japanese language every Tuesday.
Shigeo is enjoying his third year at Doshisha University in
Kyoto. He made several trips to Marikina
city in metro Manila, Philippines,
in order to facilitate disaster prevention workshops. He also visited Maui, the
San Francisco Bay
area, LA, New York,
and the 2002 EU flood hit cities such as Vienna, Salzburg
and Passau in
order to learn more about US and EU crisis management systems. Shigeo continued to do a lot of
consulting work with government organized workshops for community groups and gave
numerous public lectures on disasters and civil society. To reduce stress he
has opted for going for brisk walks on the greenbelt that surrounds Rokko Island City.
As we enter 2004, our thoughts go out to family, friends and
colleagues around the world.
Peace and love to all of you.
Shigeo, Donna, Satoshi and Maika Tatsuki