Kabeshita Library Opens in Futabakai School
with 1000 New Books
• The School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 25 at the library. Attendees were Al Kabeshita; his wife Michiko; Hideyuki Takatsuki, Chairman of the Futabakai; Tetsuro Mitani, Executive Director of JCCC; Tadashi Sakano, Principal of the Day School; Katsu Shimabukuro, Principal of the Saturday School; Hiroyuki Kosuge, Administrator; Michiko Shirakami, School Librarian; and about 40 students.
• Riho Tanabe, the third grader of the Futabakai Middle School and leader of the School Council Cultural Committee, thanked Kabeshita and said that books were essential for the students’ studies. “We always visit the library when we need to research new things or find new ways of thinking. The donated books will enrich our knowledge and help our growth. Books always open our mind, stimulate our curiosity, and expand our vision, so we are able to learn how to accept different opinions and thinking,” she said.
• Since Kabeshita was a pilot, the Library was decorated
with airplane shaped balloons, and a banner read “Read Books. The Sky's
• Librarian Michiko Shirakami had read the Kabeshita’s book and said, “I was moved by Mr. Kabeshita’s challenging spirits and analyzing attitudes when he faced difficulties. It looks like a novel where a challenge occurs one after another.” She also said that a reading habit starts at the school library. “So, the Kabeshita Library marked a new page in the history of the Futabakai School.”
• Kabeshita spoke to the student that every individual had two lives. One was that the students of the Futabakai School had been brought to the U.S. by their parents’ jobs and have been experiencing what their friends in Japan could not. Another life was that the students could open up their path by studying hard. Then Kabeshita talked about his life.
• He originally didn’t like getting on an airplane. When
he decided to found his own company, an American business owner told him,
“If you get a pilot license, your life would be different. Being a pilot
is not so much a skill, but as taking risk management,” and gave him a
thick book related to becoming a pilot.
• After the ceremony, all the Day School students gathered in a school gym and took a commemorative photo with Kabeshita. When the student left the gym, each student gave him a high five.
• Kabeshita later wrote a thank you note to the students
telling them why he has done something good for society.
Profile of Al Kabeshita
• Al Kabeshita was born in 1934 in Manchuria. After graduating
from Meiji University, he entered Sekiya Sangyo, a trading company. In
1967, he was transferred to Chicago as General Manager of the company’s
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Kabeshita Library
Al Kabeshita encourages the students to have more experiences through reading.
The students of Futaba School greet Kabeshita with a high five.