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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Reflection on Special Program “The Occupation of Japan by the Allied Forces, 1945 – 1952”

Made-In-Occupied-Japan on Display




今日は、昨秋開催を希望しながら実現できなかった『連合国軍の日本占領時代を語る』― シカゴ在住のデニー・奥原さんをご招待しての懇談会 - のお知らせです。



5月25日(土) 午後12時30 分から午後2時30分まで

場所:カーロック・ブック・カフェ @8305 E 2250 North Rd., Carlock, IL 61725



【Made in Occupied Japan製品、書籍の展示】

12:30 – 12:45p.m.             デニーさんの紹介(塚本担当)

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.              デニーさんとの懇談及びQ&A

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                展示中のMade in Occupied Japanカップの中からお好きなものを選






English Invitation to the Program:

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce to you that the special Occupied Japan program that I had hoped to hold last fall is finally becoming a reality.  I am inviting Mrs. Dennie Okuhara from Chicago so that we are able to   find out about what her experience was like during her stay in Japan some 6 decades ago.

Dennie (Nisei) was born in 1922 in California.  Immediately after graduating from high school, she was sent to Japan to learn Japanese manners.  Shortly after her arrival, the Pacific War started and she was “stuck” in Japan.  She married a Japanese man during the war, started a family, and during the Occupation of Japan by the Allied Forces worked as a secretary in the Allied military base in Kokura, Kyushu.  She and her family returned to the U.S. in 1955.  Her initial intended stay of 2 years in Japan turned out to be 16 years.

It is a rare, and probably the only, opportunity for us to be able to talk to Mrs. Okuhara.  Very few people remember those days.   Don’t miss it.

Time & Place

May 25, 2013 (Saturday) from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Place: Carlock Book Café, 8305 E 2250 North Rd., Carlock, IL 61725


[Made-In-Occupied Japan products and books about the era will be on display during the program.]

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.            Introduction by Chiko Tsukamoto

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.              Casual discussion and Q & A with Dennie Okuhara

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                Pick your favorite Made-in-Occupied Japan cup that is on display, and

enjoy coffee or tea in the cup.  Dessert will be served.

Language:                           English and Japanese (Dennie is bilingual)

Dr. Alice Murata, who used to teach gerontology at college and third generation Japanese Canadian May Nakano will be also present.









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