Friday, April 11, 2014

Foreign Friday

Sumiko-san
Receptionist at Robert D. Edgren High School
Misawa AFB, Japan
1979
Sumiko-san was the first person to greet me when I entered the main school building every morning: "Ohayou gozaimasu, Nancy-san!"

It was from Sumiko-san that I learned the basic Japanese greetings:
"Ohayou gozaimasu" - good morning
"Sumi masen" - excuse me (to get attention)
"Gomen nasai" - pardon me
"Domo - Arigato" - thank you very much
"Arigato" - thank you
"Domo" - informal thank you
"Konnichiwa" - good afternoon
"Konbanwa" - good evening

Sumiko-san is a part of my first quilt
Memories of Sumiko-san are lovingly stitched into my first quilt.

Sumiko-san and many others made my two years at Edgren and Japan a pleasant and memorable adventure. "Domo - Arigato, Sumiko-san!"

8 comments:

  1. We've lived in a lot of places and I've found it's always the people that make living there a good or bad experience. Nice memories!

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  2. Ahhh, so nice. I'm impressed you still have the key phrases memorized.

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  3. Lovely lady with a pretty smile! Lovely memories too.

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  4. I remember that quilt it is lovely! :)

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  5. That picture of her is so cute. I love how you incorporated her into your first quilt!

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  6. special people really drive the best memories

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  7. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. That quilt square is lovely!

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