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Haruko Tsuruta Morimoto Class of 1974

Chikako and Haruko Tsuruta and Seiichi Sugiyama
Haruko, right, and her sister Chikako met with fellow AIS alum Seiichi Sugiyama, class of 1974, for dinner in Tokyo August 26.

August 2005

Dear Classmates,

It was so nice to see all the photos from the 2005 Reunion and to read your mini bios. I am grateful to all of you for making this possible, especially Mary Flanagan Novak for taking up the job as class secretary. I am currently living in Tokyo with my family.

I attended AIS from 1969-1971 with my sister Chikako Tsuruta (Class of 1972). Chikako and her family live next door; but since we are both so busy, we communicate through e-mail like everyone else.

Here is a brief summary of what happened after leaving India.

I graduated from Toho Girls' High School and attended Sophia University in Tokyo, majoring in Foreign Languages and International Relations. After working for a year at Mitsubishi Corporation, I got married to Chikao Morimoto, a physician. In 1979, Chikao took up a research position at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and we moved to Boston Massachusetts. We ended up staying in Boston for 16 years until 1995. While living in Boston, I graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master's degree in education. I worked part time at the Boston Children's Museum and the Japanese Language School of Boston. Mary Flanagan Novak and her family was stationed in Italy at the time, and we used to exchange mail (snail mail as we say). We lost touch over the years but am so happy now to be able to exchange e-mail and even chat on line.

illustration from Mejiro Gakuen School HP
We came back to Japan in 1995, when Chikao was offered a position as professor at the University of Tokyo. I now teach English at Mejiro Gakuen Junior and Senior High School, private girls' school in Tokyo. I am also the Head of the International Education Department, in charge of the exchange program with our sister schools overseas. My daughter (24) and son (21) are majoring in medicine and my younger daughter (18) is majoring in law.

I still go to the United States often and am hoping to make it to a reunion some day.

If you ever have a chance to come to Japan, please let me know.

I would love to hear from you.

Haruko Tsuruta Morimoto


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