Leaving Room 413

At the end of March, 2014, I’ll retire from full-time service as a professor at Kyoto Notre Dame University (KNDU). I’ve taught at KNDU since October 1, 1977, and I’ll continue to teach on a part-time basis as I devote more time to other activities.

As a part-time teacher, I will no longer have my own office at the university.

Room 413, a small office with only bookshelves, a few chairs, a desk, and a filing cabinet.

I had the same office from 1981 until March 11, 2014. For nearly 33 years I sat at the same desk in the same chair and talked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of young women over two generations. Some have sat in the same chair that their mothers had used. The room served as consultation space, a tutorial and small seminar room, a lunchroom for English Speaking Society members and various small groups, and quite often a refuge for people who needed advice, comfort, and encouragement.

The door was always open, and students dropped in whenever they wanted to talk or just sit in the comfortable chairs that faced the window that overlooks the Matsugasaki residential area and Mount Hiei.

Mount Hiei from Room 413

I’ll miss Room 413 and the view of Mount Hiei, but I’m looking forward to finding new spaces for good talks with colleagues and students.

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