Nitobe Inazo / 新渡戸稲造
On Tuesday, we had a surprise visit from 3 American Quakers. Their names are Carolyn, Joe, and Wendy. Carolyn and Joe are married, and Wendy is Joe's sister. They are from Philadelphia in America. They were on vacation in Japan. They visited many different places in two weeks. They went to Nikko, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and also spent a lot of time in Tokyo.
They wanted to visit us even though that day they were going back to America. Joe and Carolyn are volunteers for the Friends Committee for Education in Philadelphia so they wanted to know about education in Japan and at our school.
They also have a very cool connection to the school. Wendy and Joe are related to Inazo Nitobe's wife!! Inazo Nitobe was married to a woman named Mary Patterson Elkinton. Joe and Wendy are related to her. They wanted to come here because Inazo Nitobe was very important in making our school.
I was very happy to meet them and to hear their stories about Esther Rhoads and her sister Elizabeth, and to hear about their connection to Inazo Nitobe. I hope they can come back again soon.