Farewell from Director Sometani

2018/04/04 News

IMG_0001I am saddened to announce that I am being transferred back to Japan, and therefore my period as Director of Kobe Trade Information Office ended March 31st, 2018. I will be returning to Kobe.

Looking back, it seems like yesterday when I first arrived in Seattle in May of 2015. It had been the first time in 24 years that I had returned to Seattle and the city was much more vibrant, with new construction and busy traffic, than I had remembered. I was able to meet with many new people in these past 3 years, and I was able to learn so much from all of you. These new friends and learnings have made my time here very fruitful.

It was sad to say farewell to my old friends, teachers, and benefactors from university as well as all of the new friends and colleagues I met during my stay here. I also lost someone dear to me whom I had met in Seattle. I will carry these memories with me back to Japan and wherever I may go.

Last year was the 60th anniversary of the Seattle Kobe Sister City relationship, and I look forward to the continuation of the strong friendship between our two cities.

Friends of Seattle, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm welcome and continuing friendship. I hope to see you next time in Kobe!

My successor, Masanori Nagamine, will be arriving in Seattle soon. Please treat him well.

Thank you,

Tetsuya Sometani