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Why do I love America?

Happy Fourth of July to all my friends in America!

Enjoy the blessings of freedom and lifting lockdown for sure.

I love America. I had watched “Bewitched” when I was a child and looked up to the chic lifestyle that was portrayed. Darrin was an advertising man like my father and always took his wife to parties. That was a culture that never existed in Japan.

When I was in junior high school, I used to follow the late-night rerun of “Star Trek” obsessively every night. Despite the fact that the original Enterprise could carry nearly 1,000 people on board, Captain Kirk visited dangerous planets alone, fell in love with a beautiful woman on an unknown planet, and was even stranded in distorted space-time. It was a truly memorable adventure. I thought to myself, “What kind of a decision-maker would do that?” When I started working for a foreign company later in my life, I found out that the president decided everything, which made me wonder if that was the American way of doing things.

When I was in high school, I got hooked on the movies of the comedy actress Goldie Hawn. She was rather tomboyish and had a great sense of humor. Unlike Japanese people, she was definitely someone who expressed her opinions without any hesitation! That made me admire her. I had put up the poster of “Foul Play” in the most prominent spot in my room, and I even went to see “Private Benjamin” on the day of its official release.

TV programs and movies taught me a lot about America. My first trip to the U.S. was to Saipan when I was 18, but there were only beaches there. After entering society as a working adult, not a single month went by for me without a visit to the U.S. I have been to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, Chicago, Austin, and also to Cincinnati to receive an award from P&G. The rest of the cities I have been to are open cities by the coast.

I now own an art gallery in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and a condominium in Marina del Rey. Because of COVID-19, it has been a year since I was able to visit the U.S.

My last visit to the U.S. was after the lockdown in March 2020, so I guess it hasn’t been that long. For me, though, it has felt like a very long time.

But now that I am fully vaccinated and have my proof of vaccination, I am ready to head back to the U.S.

I can finally visit my beloved America and meet my dear friends there again in 2021!