Japan Society of Fairfield County
Noboru Uezumi Memorial
During his life Noboru Uezumi served JSFC
as vice president and as an advisory board member working tirelessly
to promote local exchanges between the U.S. and Japan. His family
and friends have seen fit to donate funds to JSFC to continue
Noboru's work. We have created the Uezumi
Award to encourage the continuation of Noboru's work. This
program was ended in 2014 and the balance of the funds were used to
replace a memorial plaque honoring Junzo Nojima in Mill River Park.
Uezumi Award was presented to Dr. Susan G. Larkin at the JSFC
Oshogatsu on January 10,2010 for research on Genjiro Yeto’s role in
transfer of culture between Japan and the Unitized States.
JSFC has completed Noboru's Genjiro
Kamishibai . Unfortunately, Noboru Uezumi was only able
to see this Kamishibai project to the storyboarding stage. This
story is of particular interest to JSFC as the artist Genjiro worked
in Fairfield County. Kamishibai team members are:
Diane Barton, JSFC member
Etsuko Fujii, wife of a Greenwich Japanese School teacher
Victoria Hackman, JSFC member
Hiroko Sato, wife of a Greenwich Japanese School teacher
Harry Sakamaki, JSFC member
Yoko Takahashi, wife of a Greenwich Japanese School teacher
Watercolor by Genjiro Yeto dedicated to Memory of Noboru Uezumi
at Historical Society of Greenwich
At our 2008
Annual Meeting, Debra Mecky, Executive Director of the Historical Society of the Town of
Greenwich , and Karen Frederick, Curator of Museum
Collections, unveiled the watercolor known as Untitled [Young
Japanese Girl Practicing Calligraphy], 1914, by Genjiro
Yeto. This original watercolor was purchased with gifts
received in fond memory of Noboru Uezumi in recognition of his
volunteer dedication and service both to the Historical Society
and to the Japan Society of Fairfield County.
Japanese artist, Genjiro Yeto (1867-1924) pursued a career in the
USA from about 1890 until 1911, a period coinciding with the
cultural phenomenon called Japanism. Between 1896 and
1901, Yeto spent part of the year at the Holley house in Cos Cob
where he influenced and was influenced by American Impressionists
such as Childe Hassam and John H. Twachtman.
Noboru Uezumi was JSFC Vice-President for
many years as well as a docent as Bush-Holley Historic Site.
He brought Saga TV from Japan to Greenwich to film a story about
the role of Yeto at the Cos Cob Art Colony. His translation
of the Historical Society’s brochure brought many Japanese
visitors to the site and encouraged their involvement in
discovering the history of Greenwich. Uezumi was known
around town for teaching origami and calligraphy everywhere from
the Nursing Homes to children’s activities.
Harry Sakamaki, JSFC President and also a
docent at the Historical Society, said, “Noboru would have been
thrilled. Noboru loved researching the story of Genjiro Yeto
and to have dedicated to him an original watercolor that
illustrates another of his favorite activities, calligraphy, would
have been his dream. The Japan Society was thrilled to be
able to help make this happen”
The Uezumi Fund was closed in 2014 and the remaining funds were
used to place a memorial stone to Junzo Nojima in Mill River Park
Biography of Noboru Uezumi
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1931, the fifth of seven children, Noboru
Uezumi graduated from Kobe University with a B.A. in Sociology. He
taught elementary school for two years before entering the then
emerging field of television broadcasting with Kansai Telecasting
Corporation where he worked for 35 years until retirement. During
his television career, he and his wife Junko, hosted twelve
consecutive exchange students from the United States.
In 1992, the couple moved to Watertown, Connecticut where Noboru
started the first Japanese language program at the Taft School. He
taught until 1997 and then moved to Greenwich. He immediately became
active in community events and was soon named "Volunteer of the
Year" by the Greenwich Historical Society in 1998.
Among his many community activities, he was instrumental in
researching Japanese artist Genjiro Yeto who resided in the famed
Cos Cob Art Colony located at the present site of the Bush-Holley
House. As a result of these research efforts in cooperation with Dr.
Susan Larkin, a Japanese television documentary featured Noboru and
the Bush-Holley House. Additional local research interests included
Junzo Nojima, a-long-time Stamford resident from Japan, famed for
planting the many cherry blossoms trees that today still bloom along
the Mill River in downtown Stamford. Noboru was also credited with
translating Japanese versions of historic site brochures including
the Putnam Cottage; starting the Greenwich Library Christmas Tree
Origami display which continues to the present time; and teaching
Japanese language and arts to local children and adults.
Noboru served as a vice president of Japan Society of Fairfield for
a number of years working tirelessly to promote local exchanges
between the U.S. and Japan.
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