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Matt Walsh, 1966 — 2011.

My friend, Momoyama colleague and fellow Osaka JALT officer Matt Walsh passed away today. He was 45.

I don’t know when I first met Matt; it was probably 2003 or 2004, but it might have been earlier. I don’t remember where I met him; it was probably at an Osaka JALT meeting, but it could have been out on the town somewhere.

The truth is that I didn’t know Matt very well. He lived in the south and I lived in the north. He taught at Momoyama High School and I taught at Momoyama university. He had been in Osaka for a lot longer than me and I assumed that he would be in Osaka long after me. I was in no hurry to get to know him better — I didn’t think that I needed to be.

I was always glad to see Matt and often had a laugh when I did. One of the best memories I have of Matt was from April this year. We were at the Hub in Umeda, for the Momoyama English teachers shin-gaku-nen-kai (new school year party), and he was regaling us with stories. We laughed and laughed.

I’m going to miss him.

I don’t know how long this link will stay active, but you can see some more pictures of Matt on his website HERE.

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Summer Greetings

It’s really been a crazy year so far. So many things have happened in the world, in Japan and in my life. I really hope that everyone can find some peace and happiness this summer. I hope that you can enjoy yourself, relax and spend some time with friends and family. But most of all, I hope that you can keep cool this summer. With the ever evolving power crisis here in Tokyo and now Osaka, it can be a challenge.

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