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Ready to Travel Again

Sumire, Class of 1983, sets a good example for us all by continuing to help out in the community as we are all taught at NIS.


Where are you living now?
I have lived in Malibu, CA since June 2001. Before that I lived in NYC.

What kind of work are you doing?
I wear many hats when it comes to work. I am an alternative medicine doctor and I also offer gardening work to promote healthy food production and preventative medicine. In addition, since the beginning of COVID, along with friends, I have been a part of a weekly food-drive operation serving the community as a part of food justice. Plus, I teach different age groups about pollinators and how to draw and paint pollinators in water color.

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days?
The world is opening up again. So I am dreaming about my next trip or trips!

Was there a teacher at NIS who stood out or who had a positive influence on you?
All teachers, of course. However, that being said, I have the most fond memories and gratitude for Mrs. Ogawa, my first teacher who helped me navigate my new journey at NIS.

What’s your fondest memory from your time at NIS?
People. Teachers, staff members and students/friends. It was a rather small school back then so we were very tight knit.

What’s the one thing you miss most about your time at NIS?
Being silly and goofy with my friends.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for today's Dolphins?
Listening to the younger generation and looking back on my own life, there is no right or wrong way of living or spending days and years. Everything we experience makes a unique form of who we are individually. Thus, do not be afraid to express yourself and allow your uniqueness to shine.