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2015年(平成27年)10月10日(土)  週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU [English Edition](28) NYクール日本 lawyer and banker, took care of Yukiko VOICES From and her welfare with his wife Ann like a THE NEW YORKERS family member while she was ailing and ultimately confined to bed. On behalf of all of Yukiko’s friends, I am grateful for A $20 Day in Tokyo their kindness and their caring for Yukiko during those difficult years. by Travis Suzaka Mr. Berzin has taken an active role in creating a framework and in providing the As a foreignexchange stu- COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ Viewpoints impetus to make sure that the legacy of Yukiko and the Irwin Family and theirdent living in efforts in promoting close relationsoverpriced Seventh-Generation Descendant of based on the spirit of love and service.” Yukiko respected and lived by the Irwin between the United States and Japan areTokyo on a Benjamin Franklin family motto, “Contribute to Society.” preserved for later generations.limited budget, She also strongly believed in her grand- Yukiko’s story as well as that of theI was always in The Life of Yukiko Irwin Irwin Family can be found in “Phila- father’s dream that “Japan and thesearch of fun, A Key Figure in Perpetuating Friendship United States would become like sib- Nipponica: An Historic Guide tocheap things to Between the United States and Japan lings,” and that dream became both her Philadelphia & Japan” (2nd ed.), whicheat and see guiding light and a source of great moral was published by the Japan Americaaround the city. Here are my top three The interment ceremony of Yukiko support. Society of Greater Philadelphia in 2015.favorite spots in Tokyo that will leave Irwin (1925-2014), who was a seventh- During her later years after retire- (Written and translated by Dr. Masakoyou full of food and fun, with only a generation descendant of Benjamin ment, Steven Berzin, a New York Hamada)minimal dent in your wallet. Franklin, was held at Dai Bosastu Nestled along the tracks of the Zendo in Livingston Manor, N.Y. onYamanote subway line near Ueno July 18.Station is Ameya Yokocho, or Yukiko’s grandfather, RobertAmeyoko, a busy shopping district that Walker Irwin (1844-1925), a fifth-gen-once sold U.S. army supplies during the eration descendant of BenjaminAmerican occupation after World War Franklin, went to Japan in 1866. RobertII. Today, the street still retains the Irwin’s marriage to Takechi Iki was theambiance of eras before, lined with first American-Japanese union based onsmall shops and a lively fish market formal legal arrangements between thewhere vendors chant the day’s catch. United States and Japan. Robert Irwin Yukiko Irwin (1925 - 2014)For a quick and affordable lunch, stop was instrumental in promoting shiatsu and acupuncture therapist inby Minato-ya for a fresh and filling Japanese immigration to Hawaii in the New York, and she later served on thesushi bowl topped with a variety of fish 1880’s as the minister of the Kingdom New York State Board for Massagethat will only run you a mere 600 yen of Hawaii to Japan, and was also one of Therapy. Her patients included promi-($5.00). the founders of Mitsui Bussan Trading nent New York City business leaders, Take a break from the fast-paced Company. Yukiko’s father, Richard their relatives, and members of impor- Greenwichwhirlwind of the big city with a leisurely stroll through the old town shita- (1890-1928) was a vice president of the Standard Oil Company. In 1920, he tant European royal families. She hoped that subsequent genera- Japanese Schoolmachi neighborhood of Yanaka Ginza, married Ichiko Watanabe, whose tions of international marriages would Joined innear the Nippori Station on the father, Kanae Watanabe, was a promi- be able to establish their own distinctYamanote line. Be sure to snag a piping nent medical doctor and surgeon who identities, overcoming harassment and Beach Cleanuphot potato croquette for 30 yen ($.25) operated on the hands of Hideo discrimination. She contributed to pro- Greenwich Japanesefrom the famous Ichifuji stand as you Noguchi, who became a distinguished moting the friendship between the School(Greenwich, C.T.:principalwander the narrow street that snakes medical researcher in America. United States and Japan through lectur- Fukuko Fujinaga)helped a town-wide chairs. The clean up the beach inbetween old houses under a spider web Yukiko majored in Social Welfare ing and writing extensively about her cleanup in Greenwich Point, C.T.on approximately 40 minutes.of electricity cables. Studies at Indiana University after family’s history and the history of September 12. Students said that they enjoyed If you’re looking for an authentic dis- graduating from Tokyo Women’ s Japanese-American relations. In 1970, Approximately 230 students, parents, doing the cleanup together”. It was aplay of traditional Japanese culture, College in Japan. She became a world- Yukiko became a member of the Society teachers and staff participated. Before very meaningful volunteer activity incatch a kabuki performance at the renowned therapist of shiatsu and of the Descendants of the Signers of the beginning, a leader of Greenwich Green which they learned to start to do what-National Theatre in Hayabusa-cho. At acupuncture. Her book “ Shiatzu: Declaration of Independence. & Clean gave them one bit of advice: “It ever they can near at hand.only 1,500 yen ($12.50), you can expe- Japanese Finger Pressure for Energy, In her book “Franklin no Kajitsu,” is important to pick up nondegradable (Kengo Aritomi/Translated by Kuniorience this centuries-old performance of Sexual Vitality and Relief from published by Bungei Shunju in 1988, items, such as plastic and glass.” Then, Shimura)song, music and dance. The theatre Tension and Pain,” published by the Yukiko further explained, “I looked for into groups, they picked up trash, walk-often holds introduction shows of con- Penguin Group in 1976, was translated the purpose of life for a long time and I ing not only on the beach but also to thedensed versions of famous plays geared into many foreign languages. found it by introducing shiatsu (which alongshore tussocks. They collected a lotto foreigners with English audio narra- Yukiko also studied at the Nippon was originally from China) to America of trash, including apparently washed-tions. (Travis is a fourth-genera- Shiatsu School and, after graduation, and Europe. Shiatsu’s basic principle is ashore large pieces of wood and leglesstion Japanese American interest- she received accreditation in shiatsued in Japanese culture and art. therapy from the Japanese Ministry of NY COOL JAPAN is the English Edition of SHUKAN NY SEIKATSUContact him at Health, Labour and Welfare. In 1964, NEW YORK SEIKATSU PRESS, INC., 71 W 47 St, Suite 307 New York NY 10036 USAtsuzaka@gmail.com.) she began practicing professionally as a Editor in chief: Ryoichi Miura, Associate Travis Suzaka, Editor: Kaoru Komi Advertise Here! Contact 212-213-6069 info@nyseikatsu.com