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.
     The first 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

Presentation by HSG     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.
Genjiro's Watercolor      The 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 in Stamford.

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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