In 1975, the Showa Emperor and Empress made a historic trip to the United States.
To commemorate their visit to San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District's
Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program was asked to create a mural, and four students were
selected to make the presentation.
Using felt and yarn, children in the bilingual program made individual faces. I assisted with
the design, lay-out and used manicure scissors to cut out black felt letters for the message in
English and Japanese. I had the honor of meeting the Emperor and Empress in person, and
later learned that the mural was displayed in the Imperial Palace.
The Japanese Mainichi Club Magazine chronicled the visit in a special pictorial
Commemorative Edition that included an article and photo of the mural and child presenters.