Forty-five years invested living in the Kobe area once the US spouse of the Japanese businessman must change an individual. Yet Winnie Inui, 68, nevertheless welcomes visitors to her residential district house in Ashiya, Hyodo Prefecture, by having a blanket of felicitous concern (“Enough tea, dear? ”) and a flair for storytelling that remains true to her Boston Irish roots.
A poet and a founder associated with Kansai branch of this Association of Foreign spouses of Japanese, she recently talked about her nearly half-century in Japan.
Winnie Flanagan had been working at a bank in Boston throughout the time and learning French at night whenever she first came across Tsuneo Inui, then the pupil at Harvard company class, in 1964. Although charmed by this guy whom sang exotic tracks in Japanese to cheer them up whenever their vehicle became mired in a snowdrift, she didn’t you should think about the notion of wedding and life in far-off Japan, but after he returned to Japan in June 1965, he and Winnie pursued a courtship by mail.