“Hello everyone! I am glad to be back to Kodera after a one-year break. I am enjoying my studies at Kent State University very much and I will graduate in Fall 2007.
Most of the graduate students in my program at the university look for internships to do over the summer. I wondered what a good job would be. Then I remembered the Japan Toy Museum.
I went to the Japan Toy Museum about 7 times over the course of my 2 1/2 year residence in Kodera as an ALT. I took my American friends and family, who came to visit me in Japan, to the museum and Mr. Inoue and his staff were very nice to us. My friends and family enjoyed visiting the unique museum but they cannot read Japanese so they did not understand where the toys come from or what their history is.
Remembering this, I sent and email to Mr. Inoue asking him if he would like me to have me translate the museum’s information into English, and the rest is history. It is my second day here and I am enjoying this type of work very much. I hope that more foreign people will come to visit the Japan Toy Museum in the future and will learn more about folk toys and their importance.
If you see me riding around Kodera on a bicycle, feel free to say hello and we can talk. Kodera will always be a huge part of my life and, even though I can only stay here for a couple of weeks, I know that I will be back sooner or later.”