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Last updated:
28 April
2010

Voice Library in Japanese Newsletter
from President Naomi Yoshida


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No. 18
1 November 2005

Halloween, a favorite holiday amongst children, passed safely, save for a little rain and now we are on the brink of the busy holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On October 15th, for the bazaar held at Everett Community College, we all wore t-shirts imprinted with our logo to try to inform as many people as possible about our organization. I think this was very successful. Because there were less people in attendance than expected, sales of our crafts was a little disappointing. But there were a number of very happy occurrences and we are also learning more about fundraising, little by little.

Let us continue to work hard and move forward together.


No. 17
7 October 2005

We are deep into the autumn season. The red and yellow leaves of the trees will soon surely drop and leave the branches bare.

The Aki Matsuri, held at BCC has safely come and gone. I believe that we were very successful in achieving our goal to inform as many people as possible about our organization and its activities. The heartwarming interactions with those who filled out our surveys, gave donations for CDs and gave us encouragement really gave me the impressed upon me the wish for this organization to grow with strong roots in this community. We were able to establish contact with The Nihongo Library in Los Angeles, a library run with donations for international interaction, through the Aki Matsuri and as a result our CDs are available through them as well. Our hopes to further our services beyond the region have also taken some steps forward. But as the use of our CDs becomes broader, it presses upon us the responsibility to produce CDs of high quality. Let us keep each other accountable in creating excellence.

This month, on October 15th, we will be participating in a bazaar at the Everett Community College. For fundraising, we have created some very cute original crafts. We are very fortunate to have lots of creative talent within the group and together the group is able to realize ideas to create unique new projects. We hope that at the bazaar more people will find out about our organization and understand its activities and intentions.

Thank you for your continued support.


No. 16
1 September 2005

It is now September. My heart was saddened when I heard news about the flooding of 80% of the city of New Orleans. It made me very appreciative of the happiness we have here, surrounded by the beautiful and safe water of the lakes and the Puget Sound and the natural beauty that water creates.

Currently we are in full-swing preparing the fall release of our CDs. Progress is seen in recording, editing and copying, despite the meticulous inspection checkpoints in between those processes. We are fortunate to have Fujii-sensei of the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association write titles for the CD covers, which were created with careful consideration of the content of the book.

24 CDs, including the new CDs will be featured at our booth at the Aki Matsuri held at BCC on September 10th and 11th. We hope that more people will discover our organization and use the services we offer.

Along with our display, we will also be selling Japanese crafts and used books. From the creative ideas bubbling from our members, we have created fashionable and unique crafts only available at our booth. We will also be wearing Voice Library t-shirts for more collective visibility at the festival. We hope to see you there.


No. 15
1 August 2005

Our one-month vacation has come to an end. How have all of your vacations been?

Summer is the best and most beautiful season in Seattle and as such, we are busy with so many visitors during this time of year. But we are able to enjoy even the busy bustle because of the blue summer sky above us. Yet it is at these times that we are reminded of those who are ill and cannot enjoy this refreshing summer air, the spring cherry blossoms, rain sprinkled on purple nor the beautiful hydrangeas.

Thinking of the faces of those awaiting our readings and CDs makes us work a little harder to finish more CDs for the fall. On September 10th and 11th, the Aki Matsuri will be held at Bellevue Community College. Last year was the first time we participated, and it was a hectic debut participation hardly knowing our right from our left. But having participated in more events such as the event at Everett Community College, the Sakura Matsuri, we will strive to deeply impress the presence of the organization through our display and fundraising activities at the Aki Matsuri.


No. 14
6 July 2005

It is now July, and the happiest season in Seattle has finally begun. Many people, no doubt, celebrated Independence Day on the 4th of July with barbecues under the expansive blue skies and marveling at the beautifully falling fireworks in the dark sky after the sun had set.

On Independence Day, those who have recently become American citizens are featured in the media. I am always moved by the greatness of the American heart. And in this country we have supported one another in our efforts to establish the volunteer group, Voice Library, with the generous kindness of so many countless people who have offered their tangible and intangible gifts of support to us in this short year and three months of this group’s existence.

I find myself reminded and inspired by the greatness of America, whose foundation includes the ideal to grow and support volunteer efforts.

News:
July is summer vacation. We will not be having our meetings, but because the studio space is available, we continue recording for new CDs. Those who would like to request a recording, please contact us.


No. 13
1 June 2005

Perhaps because of the gorgeous summer weather that graced us over Memorial Day Weekend, June has begun on a slightly chilly note.

As we have finished production of our new CDs, we have been fortunate to add 2 new locations for CD pick-up.

The Washington State Office of the Hyogo prefecture and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Office have both generously consented to stock our CDs. As we add new locations for pick-up, hopefully it will also increase the likelihood of the news of our activities and our existence will reach the ears of those who need our reading services.

When attending a live reading session, I wonder how much my reading has allowed my heart to reach the listener’s heart.

On top of that, when producing CDs in front of an invisible audience, one fears that perfect expression is required of the reader to reach that faceless listener. There is some loneliness, feeling as if you are standing at the starting line with no goal in sight. It is a hard road, but we hope to proceed, one foot in front of the other, which we cannot do without your support.

News:
Our summer vacation will be for the month of July, but King’s High School has generously allowed us use of their studio during their summer vacation. In an attempt to show some of our gratitude for their past kindness, we held an Okonomiyaki party for them in their studio on May 26th.


No. 12
1 May 2005

The beautiful green of new leaves is stunning in this season; the dramatic colors of the dogwood stand out in all of this green and I am awed by the beauty of nature daily.

The Sakura Matsuri held at the Seattle Center has safely come and gone. It was our first time participating, so there were understandably some hesitations, but perhaps because of the beautiful weather, there were many people out and we were probably successful in our goal to inform people about our services.

Among our encounters over the weekend was a couple from Portland. “I don’t know Japanese, but I would like to take a catalog for my eighty-nine year old grandfather. Then I can ask him to choose a CD!” said the husband, who was Japanese American. It warmed my heart to watch him walk away, smiling, with our catalog in hand.

Thanks to everyone for your hard work in working shifts to keep our booth manned for three days!


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