|Rev. Ohmae admires our
display featuring Japanese
materials and gifts from
the students of Doshisha
Earlier this month, we had a visit from Rev. Yukimasa Ohmae from the United Church of Christ in Japan, Tottori Church on the north side of Honshu. Rev. Ohmae and his wife Keiko are graduates of Doshisha University, which we mention pretty frequently on this blog. He was in Boston for two weeks visiting the people and places he has come to treasure, including good friends of the Congregational Library, Bill and Ann Ghormley. Bill writes:
Reverend Ohmae first came to us in 1989, meeting with Rev. Herb Davis at Eliot [Church in Newton, Mass.] while he was here studying music. He came to Herb to thank him for the gift that Eliot had sent in 1890 to the mission that founded Kyokai Tottori -- the Congregational Church, Nusery School, and Orphanage in Tottori, Japan.
Reverend Ohmae brought a group of high school students to Boston to follow the "Niijima Trail" in 1993, on the 150th anniversary of Niijima's birth, visiting the key places here that had touched Niijima's life -- Andover, Amherst, ANTS, Old South/Mt Vernon, Eliot Church. In the last 20+ years, there have been numerous visits from not only Rev. Ohmae and others from Japan, many attending Andover-Newton, or visiting Old South/Mt. Vernon, or Phillips Andover, or Amherst, or all of these.
While he was at the library, Rev. Ohmae attended our Brown Bag Lunch with Jason Lantzer, perused out exhibit of Japanese materials and gifts from the schoolchildren of Doshisha, and took the opportunity to see our copy of "the Eliot Bible".
He also brought us some new books for our Japanese language collection:
- Niijima Jō by Goichi Mashimo, 1977. Fiction
- Aizu Tsurugajō no onnatachi (Women of Aizu Tsuruga Castle) by Adachi Yoshio, 1981. Biography
- Shingan no hito Yamamoto Kakuma by Yasushi Yoshimura, 1986. Biography
- Niijima Jō to sono tsuma by Takehisa Fukumoto, 1983. Fiction, Neesima and his wife Yae
We always enjoy having such engaging and passionate visitors, be they from down the street or the other side of the world.