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Fumiko's Album old and new, remembering those who appeared
in my pages of my life. My blog (not upgraded for a while)
And today I found my own work on the internet^_^ Lead Me to Heirinji Temple by Fumiko Tachibana,
music by Mr. Foreman who put music to the poem for opera. It was originally recorded in Europe,
while I was away from Japan. Here is a collection of his old opera collection on the webpage he manages
Lead me to Heirinji
Please visit my page: mykittyland.com/sdjsc_about.htm
and click poetry and music page.
The most beautiful place in the world
"MY ALBUM" is almost all about the years spent as a
Japanese language teacher since 1991.
All other previous years spent as an English teacher
and a writer/poet in Japan. It's about time to go back
to where I was supposed to be.
Fujimoto sensei at ET Blog Thank you^_^
"I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset now." "But we must wait," I said.
"For the sunset. We must wait until it is time."
At first you seemed to be very much surprised. And then you laughed to yourself. s
"I am always thinking that I am at home!"
from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
30, 2006. Japanese high school students
visited our classroom.
I rowed a boat to climb up the sun
other side river
looking for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holter.
found that she taught at Glradora (Glendora?) High School near
Nishimura" in ALICE IN NARA
visiting my Alma Mater high school Nara Joshidai Fuzoku @2000
with my students.
My fun time 2002 when we started to use Genki by Shinagawa sensei
Everything felt so exciting and fresh.
The Ninja at F-7
Me to Heirinji" (1982) mp3
2002 FALL(EVEING CLASS)
Tea lesson with Nahoko & Kaori Pugay san
click to expand
Hachi passed away
How are you guys doing? Let the memories not fade
Hope you are doing fine!! That was my last
semester at swc. JPN220 Write me when you have time.
here we are
-to the continent and backs
Mizuma Akira chan & Emi 4 at Kikyogaoka
Yukio 3 in Kunitachi with Ojiichan ^_^
AomoriiTakadaIkenodairaTakada Ascona, Switzerland
San Diego My house party1989Country Day PPlaying drums with students, spring 1986 photo by Joshua Blake Hawaii 1998ChulaVista2002
Tachibana at SDJSC (San Diego Japanese Speech Contest) hosts monthly teacher’s lunch to discuss activities related to promote the sd speech contest. April 2013 to present.
President of the Annual San Diego Region Japanese Speech Contest Committee since 2008 to present.
Organizer for the San Diego Region Japanese Speech Contest since 2008 to present
Volunteered to facilitate San Diego Japanese Teacher workshops (2000 - 2006)
Volunteered for the San Diego Region Japanese Speech Contest & web creation and maintenance with Palomar students from 1997 to present
Served as Board and Steering Committee Member, TJSC(2005) retired from sickness.
Organized and chaperoned annual trips to Japan with students since 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Organized official Study Abroad Trip to Osaka, Japan, 2007, Palomar College
Organized numerous cultural events at Palomar College campus, 2003 - 2007
Organized Japan Club at Palomar College campus 2007 - 2009
Volunteered to organize Japan Club open to public at Tachibana Language Center, 2009 - 2012
Interview article: Telescope: Meet Your Faculty May 2009.
Spring Japanese Afternoon at, April 24, 2005, Palomar College
Autumn Japanese Afternoon, October 2, 2004, Palomar College
Nominated for Asian Heritage Award in Education, April
2007 Recognized at the Board of Directors of the San
Marcos, Chamber of Commerce for being named “Palomar
College’s Most Distinguished Faculty of the year”, March 2007.
2006 Distinguished Faculty Award (DFA) for Excellence in Teaching at Palomar College, $1000 cash award.
Nominated for DFA. Palomar College, March 2005.
Japanese Teacher Training Summer Institute (Exchange Japan), Bryn Mawr College, 1994 (Scholarship)
Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities for teachers of Japanese, Department of Japanese, Gakushuin University, 1993
Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities, for teachers of Japanese, San Francisco State University, 1992: Authentic material based teaching led by late Dr. Mishima, Department of Japanese, San Francisco State University.
Goddard Graduate Program, Vermont College of Norwich University, 1982 -1984 (Scholarship)
Grand prize (Poetry Contest), Tokyo English Literature Society, Poetry Contest open to native speakers of English, 1983.
Grand Prize (Short story), Philippine Ministry of Tourism, a Trip to the Philippines 1982, Round Trip to the Philippines
and some other small poetry awards including music awards, etc.
Recognized as one of 36 Japanese women poets selected in the anthology of contemporary Japanese women’s poetry volume 2 - other side river published by Stone Bridge Press. Berkeley, California.
Fond memories winning school prizes in schools:
Third Place: English Speech Contest, Niigata University, Japan
Special Prize, School Song Contest, Lyric, Nara Joshidai Fuzoku High School :) Cash award
Grand Prize, School Song Contest, Music, Nara Joshidai Fuzoku High School :) Cash award
E-Mail Phrases 500,"LONGMAN ENGLISH HANDBOOK SERIES,"
ISBN: 4894719185, Pearson Education Japan, Tokyo, December, 12/2002
E-Mail Phrases 500, "LONGMAN ENGLISH HANDBOOK SERIES,"
ISBN4-89471-832-4, Pearson Education Japan, Tokyo, November5, 2000
TEST 730 Ten Kuria Jissen Mondaishuu (2 C
ISBN:4415016782, Seibido Shuppan, Tokyo, October01, 2001
TEST 650 Ten Kuria Jissen Mondaishuu(2 CD's),
Seibido Shuppan, Tokyo, January, 2000. ISBN4-41500-989-1
TEST (2 CD's), Seibido Shuppan, Tokyo, March 20, 1998
ISBN4-415-08652-7 (Out of print)
HappyAlphabet, AlphabetPress. San Diego, December 1998
the Continent and Back, Special Issue of Printed Matter (English)
formerly owned by Tokyo English Literature Society, 1989
ISBN 0-935086-12-9 , (Out of print) This book will be re-printed sometime this year.
the produciton of featured articles on American families and schools, 1995,
Victor Anchor, English Japanese Dictionary, Gakken Publishing, Tokyo, 1996,
Rainbow Dictionary (Japanese-English), Gakken Publishing, Tokyo, 1989
Rainbow Japanese-English Dictionary
World with English (Japanese-English), Gakken Publishing,Tokyo, 1989.
Travel English Conversation Dictionary
Gakken Publishing, Tokyo, 1987.
Junior Anchor Japanese-English Dictionary
StoneBridge web site:
Stone Bridge Pressからの「Contemporary Japanese Women's Poetry」シリーズ第2弾は、シリーズタイトルの示すとおり「日本人女性が書いた詩の英訳集」である。
日本の伝統的な詩的表現である短歌、および俳句の歴史が数百年にもなるのに比べて、詩（フリー・バース）の日本での歴史はわずか100年足らず。女流詩人による詩の誕生はさらに遅れて20世紀も半ばになる。本書は、戦争による自己の喪失を「わたしが一番きれいだったとき」をはじめとする詩に詠んだ女流詩人の草分け的存在茨木のり子や、本コレクションのタイトル（『Other Side River』）にもなった詩「あっちの岸」の作者白石かずこ、そして伊藤比呂美、小池昌代といった若い詩人たち、またアウトサイダーといわれる在日韓国人やアイヌの詩人まで36名の詩人の作品を集めている。つまり、詩（フリー・バース）の誕生から現在に至るまでの日本の女流詩人たちの作品を一度に読むことができるのだ。
Japanese poets have been writing tanka and haiku for hundreds of years. Japanese free verse, however, is barely a century old, and women's free verse in Japan is younger still. This collection, the second volume in the Stone Bridge anthology of contemporary Japanese women's poetry, introduces the work of some three dozen of Japan's finest women poets who specialize in free verse. Remarkable for their diversity and passion, these poems provide a vivid contrast to the more traditional verse forms featured in Volume One, A Long Rainy Season.
Japanese poets have been writing tanka and haiku for hundreds of years. Japanese free verse, however, is barely
a century old, and women's free verse in Japan is younger still. This collection, the second volume in the Stone Bridge
anthology of contemporary Japanese women's poetry, introduces the work of some three dozen of Japan's finest
women poets who specialize in free verse. Remarkable for their diversity and passion, these poems provide a vivid
contrast to the more traditional verse forms featured in Volume One, A Long Rainy Season.
From the Publisher
Press is a leading English-language publisher of Japanese literature in translation.
Our ROCK SPRING COLLECTION OF JAPANESE LITERATURE features absorbing and important translations of
classical and contemporary Japanese fiction and poetry. We believe that literature is a window into culture and
society, and an expression of what is most peculiarly, and universally, human..."New Canadian Review, Midwest
WPBS Poetry and many periodicals.
ACTFL 2009 San Diego (Saturday 11/21 8:00 - 9:00 am)
Creative Use of Songs from Anime/Films in the Japanese Classroom; This session will examine/demonstrate innovative ways to use students' favoriate Anime songs and J-Pop to reinforce litgeracy in Japanese, including speaking (pronunciation, fluency) and listening (sound discrimination); reading and writing hiragana, katakana, and kanji. The songs can serve as assessment tools and present ways to learn about Japanese culture/literatures.
http://www.msu.edu/~catj09/program.htm, Michigan State University, April 11,
Fumiko Tachibana (Palomar College) http://www.msu.edu/~catj09/tachibana.pdf
Integrating images into our daily teaching, from a technical point of view, CAJLT, San Dieuito Academy High School, December 22, 2007, CAJLT
CASTEL-J in Hawaii, August 2007
Integrating images into our daily teaching, from a technical point of view, CAJLT, San Dieguito Academiy High School, April 30,
Yamatesen Kanji studies thru Yamatesen, as part of Spring Japanese Afternoon at PalomarCollege, April 24, 2005,
Japanese Afternoon, October 2, 2004, Palomar College (link not available)
San Diego Japanese Teachers Workshop Spring 2004, Saturday March 27 9:30 - 2:30, CSUSM (University Hall 260)
1:05 - 1:35音楽を聴きながら楽しく漢字を覚えさせてしまう方法
(Ongaku o kikinagara Tanoshiku kanji o oboe saseteshimau hoho)
(web site available for worksheets): Hamasaki Ayumi's Whatever and Utada Hikaru's "First Love" were presented.
Enhancing Learning Via Virtual and Actual Foreign Excursions and Cultural Exploration, LA, November 9, 2003.
Teachers of Japanese in Southern California (TJSC/Program)
Anime as a Learning Tool for the study of Japanese, San Diego Japanese Teachers Workshop, Palomar College June29, 2002 (ChibimarukoSentoniikunomaki was introduced.)
Anime as a Learning Tool for the study of Japanese, CLTA (California Language Teachers Association) Conference, April 26-29, 2001 (with . Ms. Yoko Wong)
Email , San Diego Japanese Teachers Workshop, Cal State University San Marcos, January 20, 2001
Communicative Approach and the Jorden Method: Can We Mix Them?(with Ms. Kyoko Shoji), Teachers of Japanese of Southern California (TJSC), the Japan Foundation Language Center, Santa Monica, CA, November1994.
We are looking for our own handouts.
Ideas for Enhancing Student Motivation, TJSC, Cypress College, CA, April1992 (TJSC)
Using Pop Songs in Teaching English, Department of English,
Niigata University, Japan, 1982
Odium Cafe & Bar, San Diego, 1989, San Diego "Artwork Festival, " (with Steve Garber), Downtown San Diego, 1990
and 1992. Border Voices, Organ
Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego 1994
Poetry & Music with MaryLu, La Jolla Country Day School, February 1998. (will be updated)
& numerous readings at coffee shops, galleries, etc. in Tokyo and San Diego.
Teaching in the US:
Palomar College, San Marcos, San Diego (Fall 1991,
Fall 1999 - Present) JPN 101, 101 A, B, 102, 201, 202, JPN 197
MiraCosta College, Fall 2008.
California State University San Marcos, Fall 2007 (For Mrs. Mikiko Imamura-Seyller who passed away in October 2007)
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, San diego, Japanese 120, 120A 120B 130, 220, (Spring 1991 - Fall 1994, Fall 1999 - Fall 2004)
Honolulu University/Independent studies (1999)
Self-employed sabatical for one year.
La Jolla Country Day School, Middle School & Upper School (Japanese 1,2,3,4,4Honors) , (Fall 1991 - Summer 1998)
San Diego Mesa College, Japanese 1,2, Conversation (Spring 1995 - Summer 1998)
Grossmont College, Japanese 1 (Fall 1997)
San Diego State University, Comparative Literature, Visiting Researcher, December 1989 - December 1990.
College Counselor for Bunka Women's University 1989.
I left Japan in the spring of 1989:
Happy 20th Anniversary! April 2009
My sincere and heart-felt thanks to Dr. Dan McLeod at San Diego State Universtiy, Prof. Steve Kowit at Southwestern College,
and all the writers and poets at the Writer's Bookstore and Haven, who gave me all the support.
Teaching in Japan
Tokyo University of Liberal Arts (Tokyo Gakugei Daigaku=東京学芸大学)
1984 - 1989
Saitama University埼玉大学 1988 - 1989
Senzoku Junior College 洗足短期大学 1984 - 1988
Osaka Kinki University Fuzoku High School 大阪近畿大学付属高校女子部
Niigata Prefectural Takada High School 新潟県立高田北城高校
Niigata Prefectural Takada Kitashiro High School新潟県立高田高校
BA, English Literature, Department of Humanities and Science, Niigata University 新潟大学人文学部 英文学科卒業
MA, English: English and Creative Writing (Poetry), Goddard Graduate Program at Vermont College of Norwich University.ノーウィッチ大学 Ｇｏｄｄａｒｄ Graduate Program in Europe
(name of the program had changed due to the financial difficulty Goddard Graduate College suｆfered, and the program was sold to Norwich.)
I was Interviewed (by Dr. Tony Pearce) in Zurich, Switzerland, January 1980. Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, Goddard College sold the Goddard Graduate College Program to Norwich University in Fall 1981.
Other Graduate Courses completed:
San Francisco State University (Japanese)
University of California Davis (English)
East Carolina University:
Proglems and issues in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Japanese Language
Design of Multimedia Instructional material
Pennsylvania State University: Teaching of English as a Second Language
Writer's Workshop (Poetry) completed at Rochester University: summer of 1982
while I was working toward the master's degree through Goddard Graduate Program.
Malcom Cowley's words still ring in my ears:
"Read a great deal, write a great deal, and get published."
Joel Agee and Linda Gregg, the author of TOO BRIGHT TO SEE were my mentors.
(As being an individual traveler, none of these trips were funded nor luxurious. It was basically backpacking. )
Lived over one month: Ladhak, Northern India
Traveled 3 months in the Hindu Kush mountains with my own children.
one month in Surgy,
Lived six months: Honolulu, Hawaii. 1998-1999
Living in San Diego since 1989
I was a trourist in the following countries:
This section needs to be re-written, it's too random.
Annual Trip to Japan with students since 2000
Annual visit to my daughter in Tokyo. (My son works in Los Angels.)
Phillipines (Manila, White Sands) 1983 (Writing Contest Award)
China (Shanghai, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang.1987, April.
Like its hush and flow we walk into the yelp of a faraway dog
Like its hush and flow we walk into the yelp of a faraway dog
Playing loving melody of Satie and Mozart
Dance: ballet, modern dance, etc.
when I was 12.If my legs had been 30 centimeter longer, I would have absolutely become a dancer.
Guitar: Playing classical guitar.
Asturias (Leyenda) performed by John Williams,
The best piece! --I thought so but after I listened to Segovia's piece, I believe
Segovia's interpretation is true to the composer's intention.
When I was 21, I completely memorized this song and I played. I never thought I would forget it so I gave the music book to Abe Etsuko san.
I like this piece the best of all. The player says he did not have a teacher.
This tells me a lot of things.
I ama dedicated fan of this guitarist. A fan on facebook!
Concerts attended: Tottori1982, Tokyo1987, 1988, San Diego 1995,
Nice, France 2000, Nice France 2003, San Diego 2005, and one more time in San Diego after that.
Jazz Fest in Nice, France 2005
１９９７ San Diego
Mr. Ryo Imamura was always kind. On this day, he took me to a meeting
(I forgot the name of it) and introduced me to Dr.Randall Phillips.
(C) Fumiko Tachibana 2008
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