OPENing a window to a new world
Sitting on one of the shelves on the bookcase in my office is a colorful assortment of woven bamboo drink coasters. Each one has a sticker on it that I cannot read, save for the telephone number, which I guess would get me in contact with their manufacturer.
The trouble for me is that I can’t read Japanese, and I don’t know the international long distance code to Japan.
The coasters were a gift from Tetsuya Takasaki, the mayor of Tamana City, the sister city of Clarinda, where I worked before I came to Newton. Takasaki-san came to Clarinda for the 2010 Glenn Miller Festival, at which the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum was officially opened.
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