- Could you describe your daily life?
I am a hairdresser working at my own hair salon (for women), from 9 to 5. My customers are women. My wife is also working with me.
- I have seen images of senbazuru in your barber shop. What do they mean to you?
Paper cranes sent to my hair salon are displayed in our salon, and then our customers tell us they look beautiful, or sometimes new customers even ask us “why is your salon decorated with so many paper cranes?” I take advantage of such an opportunity to start talking about Sadako so that I can always remember my sister Sadako, and also feel happy to talk about the importance of peace (together with the tragedy of war) to those people.
- You have been to many places to talk about Sadako’s story. What has that taught you?
When I talk to children, I remember our childhood, war, and how miserable our life was during/after the war. At the same time, I can strongly realize how happy I am now, I can appreciate my life (that I am living now on behalf of Sadako). Listeners also encourage me saying “Please stay in good health, and continue to give us lectures like now for many years to come”
- What do you hope to achieve by telling Sadako’s story?
I hope children will be able to think about the reasons why in the world, there are always wars, conflicts, fightings, terrorism, etc. I hope they can find the answers to the issue, why people do such things. I hope children will grow up thoughtful (like Sadako) and global so that they can appreciate any differences in nationality, culture, religion, etc.
- Are there any challenges you face when you tell her story?
I have never faced any challenges. When I talk to people about Sadako, if I could feel that my heart and the hearts of those people are connected, I can feel as if Sadako is standing by me. That is my happiest moment.