Dear Everyone -
A happy new year!
On January 10, 1997, exactly 14 years ago from today, Mino first arrived at Daguragu, wondering how to introduce himself to the Gurindji people and being nervous if they would understand his Japanese accent. Then, he met Old Jimmy on January 15, his life-changing event. My son, who was 3 years old when Mino passed away will be 10 years old on January 15 this year. This year, we will finally publish his book in English. I cannot imagine how exciting year 2011 will be.
I am now in the middle of proofreading “Gurindji Journey: A Japanese historian in the outback” (UNSW Press). I don’t know how many times I have read the manuscript and cried every time, and this time is not any different. His writing is so lively and vivid, and I can picture him listening to Old Jimmy, sitting next to him. His logic is so clear and easy to follow even for a person like me, non-academic. I cannot wait for all of you to read this book. It will prove him as a historian, not an anthropologist.
As technology develops, we have now so many different tools to connect to each other these days. I decided to start using “Twitter” for ongoing and future Mino-related activities. I also mutter my favorite memories of him. Please follow Mino on Twitter. I also added a Twitter logo on our website, which takes you to his Twitter page. The more of you follow, the more people will meet Mino and find out about the related events. Please join in.
The third photography exhibition, in Osaka, Otemon Gakuin University (2010.11.20 – 2010.12.3), attracted about 100 visitors. I received many favorable comments from them. I am planning to create a dedicated webpage for all the exhibitions with pictures and reports from those involved in each event.
On the final note, all the messages on this mailing list were posted on the website and sometime I post your reply to my mailing list. Recently, John Maynard kindly sent me a picture of Mino in 2000. I am pretty sure that most of you remember this big smile.