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    Posted January 16, 2014 by
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    A celebration party for Yachiyo Studio.


    Last year, my aunt’s aerobic gym celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. My Aunt Yachiyo has been working as an aerobics instructor since graduating from Nippon Coll. of Physical Education 30 years ago. Actually, she was the first aerobics instractor in Japan, where aerobics became very popular during the 1980s. She has been keen on staying at the top of the aerobics world as a pioneer. To cerebrate her great achievement, my family and her colleagues held a big party for her. Many of her old friends were invited and I served as a cameraman. Taking pictures is my hobby so I undertook the roll willingly. I did not realize that my Aunt Yachiyo was widely known. To my surprise, many Japanese actors, comedians, and football players had sent her letters. Her parents said, “We are one of the happiest parents in the world. We are proud of you.” Her father fought in World War 2 and her mother was a surviver of the war. They worked hard in order to earn money to support their families. When Aunt Yachiyo was 22, she asked her folks to lend her money to open her own studio. Her father gave her money without saying a word. At the start of the party, my aunt smiled but by the end she was crying with happiness. She said “I will keep on running until my body dose not move” in front of all participants.

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