Do You Remember?



As a child, there are so many fun memories I recall. I wonder as an adult how I could've had so much fun in such simple ways.

My family was bigger than average compared to Japan's standard family size. But it always felt bigger because I grew up around my extended family. My cousins that I grew up with feel more like siblings in a way. We all still keep in touch quite frequently, and now that our generation of our family is adults, we have inherited the unspoken responsibility to plan our family reunions.

I often think about how I can give my children fun memories like I have now. Or even better memories, which I hope can come from being able to travel to my home, Hawaii, enjoying the beautiful sceneries and the beaches, but also creating strong relationships with their cousins and family.

But I also look back and remember hard times, and struggles that I faced either personally, with my family, or sometimes even against my family. I also consider that in the future I will likely see my children face their own sets of obstacles in life, and I hope that I can be the kind of dad that can lovingly support them through those struggles.

Memories are important for us as humans. We don't realize how much the past affects us sometimes. But remembering our history and learning from experiences, achievements, and mistakes is a gift that we can choose each day. When we do that we take a step toward becoming a better version of ourselves.

Sometimes there are memories that we would rather forget because of the negative feelings that they arouse in us.

Even before I moved to Japan, I always wanted to be involved in some type of work, or volunteer program where I could work with young people. I had some youth leaders when I was young that I really admired and still look up to today. I know that because of their guidance and influence, I learned who I am and what I wanted my value as part of the human race. I felt safe and respected when I talked to them.

In my B class, the song that our members will sing together for Member Showcase is "We Are The World" which was produced as a charity single donating funds for famine relief in Africa in 1985. It was re-released in 2010 as a call for help to those who had the means to assist in sending emergency provisions to people who were devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti. It is a song that ever since I first heard as a child, I have always remembered because of its profound lyrics.

"We can't go on pretending day by day that someone somehow will soon make a change." As I have been teaching the members this song I continually return to the meaning of the lyrics. This line always hits me. We can't rely on others to make the world a better place. If everyone thinks that way then no one will do anything. We need to be the ones to make the world better.

And the best way is to help prepare the next generation. Whether they realize it or not. The next generation will always be the ones that have the most potential for creating a better world. That is because the future of our world belongs to them. Sometimes we want to be the ones to hold the power and ensure our own legacies are engraved into history. No matter how hard we work, time will erase our names, erode our statues, and only those who we have affected will carry on our memory.

Will we leave them with good recollections that they can look on fondly and share with others, learn from, and carry on?

Or will our influence on them be something they see as a mistake to be corrected or something not worth remembering?

I doubt that my choreography taught in YTJ will be remembered by my members in 10 or 20 years. but I hope that they remember the lessons I try to share about our purpose as people, and how to be the best of ourselves.

Thank you for reading this until the end.








小学校低学年のクラスでは、Member Showcaseでメンバーが一緒に歌う曲は、1985年にアフリカの飢饉救済のために寄付するチャリティーシングルとして制作された「We Are The World」です。2010年、マグニチュード7のハイチ地震で被災した人々に緊急食糧を送るため、援助ができる人たちに呼びかけるために再リリースされた、子供の頃に聴いて以来、その深い歌詞がずっと心に残っている曲です。