From organizing Kyo-Suzume materials

The reception desk for “Miss Kyoto” and “Miss Japan” applications was the Kyoto City Public Relations Department!
From my resume in Nihon Keizai Shimbun“Mr. Fujiko Yamamoto’s Resume” published in Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2002                                   
Yoshie Doi

Photo from when she applied for Miss Japan in 1949


   Since our establishment in 2001, we have been organizing a huge amount of materials and books for events and planning. I file them one by one by theme, so I’m trying to organize them while reading them in an easy-to-understand and nostalgic way, so it’s not easy to make progress. Among them was a 2002 Nihon Keizai Shimbun article titled “My Resume” by Fujiko Yamamoto, and a fax from a Nikkei reporter.

 At that time, Kyo-Suzume School’s “Kyoto Water Story” curriculum included the theme of “Kyoto beauties using hot water from the Kamogawa River,” and after reading this article, I decided to ask Ms. Fujiko Yamamoto to have a discussion with Professor Shoichi Inoue. It was about the time Professor Shoichi Inoue suddenly became famous in 1995 when his book “Bijinron” became a bestseller.

 Therefore, I wrote a letter to the Cultural Affairs Department of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun and asked Ms. Fujiko Yamamoto to contact me, asking for her cooperation in informing me of the Kyoto Sparrow School project. One day, she received a call from the culture department of Nihon Keizai Shimbun, saying, “Nihon kei zai Shinbun has connected your request to Fujiko Yamamoto’s office, so please give her a call.” I also received a fax from Nikkei, and I immediately made her my request

 I got a reply from the manager later. she was kindly informed that this year, which marks her 50th anniversary in the entertainment industry, she would not be able to find time to go to Kyoto due to her busy schedule. Mis. Yamamoto also said, “It’s a shame because it was a very interesting project.”

 I was interested in “Miss Japan” because the reception desk for “Miss Kyoto” was the Kyoto City Public Relations Department, and she was invited to apply by a friend of her father’s in the public relations department. ” and was further selected as “Miss Japan.

   Miss. Yamamoto graduated from Kyoto Prefectural First High School for Girls in 1949, and it was very interesting that she received an invitation from the Kyoto City Public Relations Department, which was the contact point for Miss Japan at the right time.

 After reading this article, I asked the Kyoto City Public Relations Division if any materials from that time remained. Unfortunately, the preservation period is 20 years, so I was not able to see it.

   Looking back now, I am filled with gratitude for the help of so many people whose faces I don’t even know that made Kyo-Suzume what it is today. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in Kyoto Suzume.

 By the way, I asked Miss Kimono to be his interview partner with Shoichi Inoue. Thank you.

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Translated by Masami Otani