Ears, Learning to Dance,
and Graduating from Elkton Senior High
Oishi from Japan
says he will never say good-bye because he believes
he'll see the people in Elkton again someday.
And...he loves Elkton!
Sudtelgte gave me a chance to join the swing choir.
I told about it to my Japanese mother, she just
said, "I think Mrs. Sudtelgte and your classmates'
ears are broken." I was famous as a "bad vocalist"
for my Japanese friends. But I tried because I
wanted to try what I can do. It was not easy for me
to sing English songs.
Mary Kurtz as a page at the South Dakota
Mrs. Sudtelgte gave me a chance to join
the swing choir. I told about it to my
Japanese mother, she just said, "I think
Mrs. Sudtelgte and your classmates' ears
my pronunciation is terrible, as you know. Next it
is hard for me to memorize English words. And it
was the most difficult thing for me to dance.
said, "It's easy." But it was difficult for me. So
I practiced more than everyone and asked Karen how
to dance at home.
March 16th, we went to University of South Dakota
in Vermillion. I felt nervous before singing, as
some of you know. After singing, I was deeply moved
by our songs. I couldn't stop crying.
could graduate Elkton School thanks to you. And I
learned how to use the word "love." In Japan, we
use this word only for he/her lover usually.
didn't know how to love in a sense that I can say I
love Elkton, I love my host family, I love my
American friends, I love EHS (Elkton High School),
I love EHS's teachers, and I love those whom I saw,
like church people.
I can't say to my Japanese friends, "I love you."
If I use it, they will misunderstand me. I started
Japanese people life again.
will never say good-bye because I believe I'll be
able to see you again someday. Lastly, thank you
very much for reading. And...I love
letter was originally published in the August 19,
1999 issue of the Elkton Record (Elkton, South
Dakota) by the editor, Mary Ann
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