Encounter with Japan: An Adventure in Love

  • November 7, 2012
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free Event!

About the Book:

Addie Katz, a 35-year-old housewife and mother of three, was living in a small village in Massachusetts in May of 1960 when she entered an essay contest and won a life-changing trip to visit her pen pal, Suzue Matsubara, in Kyoto, Japan. The inspiring story of Addie’s life, which focuses on this Encounter with Japan, is woven by her eldest daughter, Susan, using strands of her mother’s own writings (prose, poetry, trip journal), fragments of Suzue’s lovely letters, and snippets of other writings by people whose lives the remarkable Addie Katz touched.

Addie’s experiences in Japan were featured in a 1960 LIFE Magazine article titled, Mrs. Katz in Kyoto: Pen pal teaches jolly American about obis, kotos. The article can be found online! Key words: “LIFE Mrs. Katz in Kyoto.”

About the Presenter:

Susan Katz Saitoh, born in New York, grew up in several states. In 1974 she married Toshiharu (Toshi) Saitoh and moved to Japan. In 1996, the couple and their son settled in Vermont. In Japan, Susan served as one of only two foreigners on a 100-member committee preparing a vision for the 21st Century in Shiga Prefecture; created a volunteer group to introduce the idea of hands-on children’s museums; and designed the Discovery Room for the Lake Biwa Museum, in Kusatsu, Japan. In Vermont, she continues writing and offers programs on Japan for adults and children. Toshi is Vice President of the JASV.

Special Thanks to Joyce Cheiburg for hosting a light reception.



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