memory of Giichi Fujimoto


i lost a very influential person in my life today. his name was Giichi Hujimoto(藤本義一). he was a very famous writer in my country. he passed away on end of last month by cancer. he was 79 years old. i missed him suddenly today and seeked recent figure by google research and found his death. i have no newspaper nor TV. so for me he passed away today.

i met him three times in my life. those times are all my most miserable terms in my life. first time i met him in 1978. i was working in a circus (kinoshita circus, 木下サーカス) after divorced with my first wife. i was so miserable and feeling as a looser everyday. i had no hope to live. he came to make his live TV show named “11PM” to my circus. it started at 11pm, but he and his TV staff came more early time and did some rehearsal. after it there was a break. he was writing a draft for his next book when i started to service a coffee for him. and then we had a converdation for a while. he was very kind to talk with me. i said to him that i want to write a story what i saw in the circus. and he encouraged me, “it will be a wonderful story. do start it soon”. then i started it following his words. i got a purpose of my life.

i met him again seven years later for same TV show. i was working as a writer at that time. but my income was so small and i owed my second wife’s salary to survive. in return i was doing all house hold and taking care of our baby daughter. it was very stressful days to do two things at the same time. to write and to keep house hold. Especially neighbers looks against me made me very stressful. they looked down me as a shameful person who was living by wife’s money.in Japan, there is lots of discremination such as this still now. but one day, his TV staff came to my house to take a documentary of my daily life as a house-husband. it made me a little bit famous in Kansai area and i was invited to lecture in many places as a new type of feminism.
third time i met him in 1992 as a looser again. after devorced with second wife, i was living very miserablly. before divorce i was working as a shop owner but when i divorce, i had no money to give her and my daughter, then i decided to close my business and sold all stock with half price to make some money. then i became a taxi driver. from a shop owner to a taxi driver was a big change. i lost almost of my friends at that time. and i was living with no hope. it was a really hard time. i was not young to rebuild my new life already. and i had nobody encouraging me at that time. i was really isorated in this world with no friend.

in such a miserable day, i saw one information of Shinsaibashi College(心斎橋大学)in which he was a principal. i wanted to see him again and study writing under his wings. i entered his college in 1992. and i met him third time. i was a student of him for two years. often i had a chance to drink with him and other college mates. but i didn’t tell him anything what i met him before. one day he said to me, “it is a pity and loss that you are working as a taxi driver”. his words encouraged me lots. he sometimes talked me about his oversea trips and different cultures of another countries. his words stayed in my mind for a long time . then when i experienced next collapsing of my life, i left Japan to find myself without any hesitaiton. and i found what i am.

he often told me, “do it what you want to do mostly, and work hard, if you love it, you will never be tired. its the real joyful life”. he never slept more than four hours daily. now i can understand him much more than before.

memory of Giichi Fujimoto

Hidemi Tada

Amagasaki, Japan

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