Emerson Students Receive Gift from Consulate General of Japan

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It was reported recently that third grade students at Emerson World Languages & Cultures Magnet School had received tiles from the recently-demolished Japanese Tea House and Shinto Shrine in Uptown Westerville. They plan to use them to create new artwork that will remind citizens of the significance of that property and its ties to Japan.

That story gained significant attention in the media and eventually made its way to the offices of the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Consul General Kuninori Matsuda decided to thank the Emerson students for their efforts by surprising them with the gift of several Japanese figurines, which are now proudly displayed at the school. The Counsul General wrote, “For many months now I have been reading, with great interest, about the struggle to save the Kyoto Tea House in Westerville. I was quite saddened to learn it would be demolished. Now I read that you will preserve an important part of Westerville history and Japanese culture by using tiles from the tea house to create something very special. I am confident that you will do a wonderful job in your creations and I hope that someday I may have the opportunity to see the final result. Until that time, I hope you will accept this small gift for your school as a reminder of my admiration for your willingness to take on such an important project and my sincere appreciation.”