A Cassette from Osaka
by Chikako Atsuta (8/12/02)
Reflections of the past are recorded on tape as Ako-san's mother sends her a taped
coversation with her late Grandmother.
New York, New York
by Chikako Atsuta (5/20/02)
Ako-san reflects on the city that brought her from Japan to the US, and what New York City represents.
Our Far-Fetched Assumption
by Chikako Atsuta (3/18/02)
Ako-san reflects on the disappearance of her ex-husband from her and
her family's lives during a recent trip back to Japan, and the
assumptions they begin to make.
Yes Yoko, Yes Ako
I went to the "Yes Yoko Ono" exhibition
with my friend Steve in early January. Featuring Yoko Ono's artwork crea ted
during her entire career, it was held at one of the galleries at MIT. Browsing
through her installations, drawings and more, I found some visitors staring at
me, or sometimes, smiling or nodding at me...
The Story on Millie's Mother
A former landlord who loves to tell stories
about life, shares a particularly moving story with Ako-san.
"I went back to Japan in May to bury my grandmother's bones... It was my
first time losing a family member while I was away. It was strange. (It)
scared me to feel so disconnected from a death in my family. My absence forced
me to understand that a funeral is not for the dead, but for the living to
share this simple fact of life: Everybody will disappear from the world one
Many Things Happen in Baseball
Sometimes baseball is just good fun. A chance to relax and enjoy
one of the greatest sports of all time. And at other times, it's more than just
a game as Ako-san can relate to during the Red Sox pitching debut of Hideo
Pictures of Cindy
As a Japanese member of the American "New Economy",
Ako-san gets to know more about a co-worker as a result of recently vacated
cubes that have become common place in many companies in the US. (3/26/01)
Happy Birthday, Mom
Living far away from your family and loved ones can be
very difficult. The problem is compounded when they become ill or need your
emotional support - as those who have lived abroad can identify with. Ako-san
shares her feelings as illness strikes her family. (2/26/01)
As I Tall As I Can Be
A tall Japanese person is still rare in Japan.
It was particularly so while Ako-san was growing up. Ako-san discusses the
physical and cultural aspects of being a tall Japanese woman.
A Day on the Street of Colors
The colors of summer in Boston, both in the air and in it's
Hot Date with Big Mike 93
Ako-san makes a new acquaintance, and at the same time says goodbye
to someone special. (9/21/00)