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Longtime Music Teacher Nasu Honored by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

• Longtime piano teacher Mieko Nasu was bestowed an award from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for her longevity. The award presentation ceremony was held on October 3rd at the official residence of Consul General Masaharu Yoshida, and he presented the award to Ms. Nasu with a silver cup.
• The Prime Minister’s award is given to 100 years old Japanese who have official family registry in Japan. Nasu had her 100th birthday on September 11 last year, and received Consul-General’s Commendation for her many years of contributions to promote US-Japan friendship. Thanks to the Consulate General’s office at Chicago, Deputy Consul Keiko Yanai and Consul Yukihiro Noyori, the Prime Minister’s award was sent to Chicago this year.

• Mieko Nasu was born in Los Angeles and returned to Kobe, Japan when she was nine years old. Her father was a renowned Shakespeare researcher and published a Japanese paper on the West Coast in the 1900s. Her mother was selected by the Japanese Government and sent to the United Kingdom to promote Japanese culture before she married.
• Mieko thought that she would major in English literature, but decided to study music, especially, piano. After graduated from Kobe College’s graduate school, she taught piano at the college for 13 years. She also taught piano to foreign children because she could speak fluent English.
• After WWII ended Mieko and her younger sister Yuko came to Chicago to have further music education. Mieko studied piano at the graduate school of Northwestern University while Yuko studied violin at the Roosevelt University’s Music conservatory.
• The sisters opened Nasu Music School and taught countless students from 69 countries until around 2010. They often gave lessons to 50 students a day, and some of them became internationally acclaimed pianists and violinists.

• Beside the music school, Mieko served as a trustee for Kobe College Corporation for many years. The non-profit organization has long promoted and deepened the friendship, such as student and teacher exchanges, between the two countries.
• In 2008, Mieko and Yuko hosted a concert where three young musicians from Kobe College performed and celebrated the College’s 100th anniversary. The concert day was hit by heavy rain, and road closures were everywhere. Despite the bad weather, the concert hall had a full audience due to their respects for Mieko and Yuko.
• Moreover, the sisters helped for many years to hold “Christmas Around the World” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
• Mieko said in a previous interview, “Teaching requires patience. I’m very pleased when my students say, ‘I became fond of music because you taught me.’” The sisters also taught them good manners through music lesson