(near)Future Astronaut from My Village!

February 26th, 2009 by
Category: Events
a banner congratulating the astronaut-elect Mr.Yui outside the wall of the village hall

a banner congratulating the astronaut-elect Mr.Yui outside the wall of the village hall

A 39 year old Self Defence Force officer who was born and brought up in Kawakami Village was selected as one of the 2 candidates for NASA astronauts.

The 2 of them were picked out of 963 applicants by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA). They are to be trained atNASA for about 2 years before they wiil be certified as astronauts.

The story made the front page on Nagano’s biggest paper this morning,

was on the 7 o’clock nation-wide news last evening,

and of course, the top topic in Kawakami village day-care center for senior citizens!

I cannot help but keep remembering the radiant face of a 96 year old Obaachan( granny/elderly woman) when she told me that she was one of the boy’s (of course he has  grown up since she knew him) relatives.

Thank you for bringing smiling faces to us villagers, Mr.Yui,

I really hope you keep up with your good work! Cheers!

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