Staff Interview Vol.6: Owens

Miho Owens

Admin and everything else

Miho is the hub of all communications regarding the event, and has worked as our secretary for the event. She has lived in the US for the last 10 years, and is committed to passing the festival down to the next generation.

 

“I’ve lived in Boston for the last ten years, and it has become a second home to me. I married my husband while we were both living in Tokyo, and we moved here soon after. My husband is a Japanophile, engineer, and loves Gegege no Kitaro. So much so that we went to the Mizuki Shigeru Road before we moved here. I’m so glad that my husband loves Japan. When we first moved, we were frustrated with the inconvenience of Boston, but when our daughter was born, that frustration changed into appreciation- Boston is a great place to have children.”

“Japan Festival is an annual event where people of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and identities to experience and learn about Japanese culture. I’m the secretary of JREX, so being a part of the event was halfway expected of me. Having been the head of communications and secretary for the event, I’ve had so many great experiences because of the event. The gratification and satisfaction that comes after a successful event is huge, incredible, and it always keeps me at a loss for words. I want to make sure that the future has this wonderful event. I want to see Japanese traditions being spread through Boston, and I want to see a fusion of cultures in the future.”

 

“I’m the secretary and head of communications- which means I do alot of behind the scenes work, but that means I am the center of operation. It means that If I wasn’t working for the festival, there would be no festival. We have to communicate with the city of Boston, and all of the regulations and rules we have to correspond to makes things complicated, but we get it done in hopes of a successful event. I’ve always thought that if anything happened to me, the festival won’t run… so i’ve been careful about my body and keeping myself healthy. I’ve even cut sleep to get my personal work and festival related work done. Now, we have about three times the number of organizing committee members, so things are much more relaxed, and the number of tasks I am assigned to has gone down, which is a step in the right direction. It’s definitely because the event has become well known and more people are interested in the festival itself. ”

“The 2017 event is going to be bigger, and better than last year. I’m particularly looking forward to the dance performances. Every year, there is a team of kids dancers, all having one or more Japanese parents- it’s amazing to see them grow up and improve their skills as a team. I want for them to be well cultured, not  just in America, but also in Japanese culture. Mark your calendars! We want our audience to have fun as well as learn about Japanese Culture!”

 

Editor’s note

Without Miho, the festival would not happen. She has handled so many situations that we come across with grace, and has been an integral part of the event planning process. She is the person that does all correspondence with the City and the State, as well as keeping the organizing committee members in the loop of communications that happen between us, the state, the city, and our audience.

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