I am delighted that the Nanzenji Diary, a collection of some 40 short essays written by Mami Yamada for the Shinano Mainichi and the Pacific Citizen, is being published in book form. These essays have brought much information and knowledge about domestic Japan and some essays indicate the unbreakable friendship between Japan and the United States. It was indeed a wonderful event that Mami participated in the Houston International Festival "Salutes Japan" where she made a tremendous impression and was given such great recognition. Mike Mansfield
Former Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan
Mami's magical book on South India's magic captures the essence of ancient mystique of India in a most fascinating way. People in both India and abroad would find it immensely absorbing. Omak Apang
Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India
Communication scholars and practitioners have talked about the concept of "Edutainment" for some time now. Mami Yamada's recent book entitled "Boosuke and Panda's Mission Impossible in English" is an excellent example of education through entertainment. The author has used her creative genius to make learning English language fun. This book is an invaluable addition to language learning. It is hightly recommended to all those who work in multicultural environment. Abdul Waheed Khan
Assistant Director-General, UNESCO
October 28, 2007
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March 9, 2000
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February 26, 1995
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July 17, 1988
Gold Coast Belletin
July 2, 1988
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December 28, 1983
Mami Yamada is a lively, energetic and a happening person. Her years of nomadic years defy the Japanese traditional stereo type of a woman. Wedded to the media, be it books, newspapers or television, Mami is into new projects and ideas across an increasingly shrinking world. Her penchant for the esoteric and surprising elements of life has led her to undertake research in different aspects of Indian mythology and mysticism.
Straddling comfortably between different world communities and types of persons she interacts within her diverse media ventures, Mami's understanding of the eastern outlook on life has transformed her during the past few years. From a curious media onlooker, she has developed concerns for the people and issues touching her lives.
Her professional core competency has evolved from being a media analyst and writer to an author who writes about her life experiences in a manner which seems to be fiction but is in fact a part of her existential and even weird experiences in different cultures where she has had the opportunity to imbibe first hand knowledge of different cultures and value systems.
Mami's contribution in bridging the cultural divide between India and Japan is exemplary. Having played several roles in the Japanese society with respect to inducing a better understanding about the Indian culture and society, it would be no exaggeration to bestow on her the title of a Cultural Ambassador.
Former Editor-in-chief, The Hindustan Times