Diplomatic Mail

My only snail mail today had the following return address: Ambassador of Japan, Washington, D.C. Got my attention!

It was a a letter from Ichiro Fujisaki, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Last week he was kind enough to talk with us on WDAZ News @5 on a visit to North Dakota and Grand Forks. I still can’t believe it.

The letter reads “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me while I was visiting your wonderful state. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the chance to talk to the people of Grand Forks about the prospective relationship between Japan and North Dakota. I thoroughly enjoyed your interview on WDAZ News @5 and I appreciate your kind remarks about my singing!” (The ambassador sang a few bars of The Red River Valley for us.)

The letter goes on, “I hope the relationshipe between Japan and North Dakota will continue to expand in the near future. Please accept my gratitude as well as my warmest regards.”

In a handwritten note, Mr. Fujisaki writes, “Terry-san Thank you very much for your kind, sympathetic comments. Likewise, I was charmed as well. You have the very special touch to relax others.” Sincerely, Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan

For the record, I was the one who was charmed.

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