After transferring from a junior college in Northern California to a 4-year university in Virginia, I began to consider working in the States. That's when I learned about Umenoki Home back in SF Bay Area.
My first job. My first time out of school. I remember I was very nervous and anxious.
Umenoki Home was with full of fun events. Almost every month, we had something special going on.
Thinking back to those times that we danced, played skits, did concerts in from of residents, and made movies, it was a very rich one+ year at Umenoki and a fruitful experience.
I laughed a lot. I cried a lot. I enjoyed and struggled. But every bit of them, I feel grateful.
I have learned so much from the Umenoki residents. I also worked my tail off on a foreign soil like them. Hopefully I can continue or even improve the positive image of Japanese that our ancestors left.