About Yumi

浴衣2Yumiko is a Japanese writer and board certified music therapist specializing in hospice and palliative care.

She was born in Fukushima prefecture and grew up in various parts of Japan – Sendai city, Yamanashi prefecture, and Tokyo.  At the age of 19 Yumi left Japan to pursue her education in the U.S. and received her master’s degree from Radford University.  She practiced as a hospice music therapist in Cincinnati, Ohio for 10 years before returning home to Japan in 2013.

Yumi writes about cultural topics at Discover Japan, which is now hosted on The Huffington Post UK.  She also writes about ​music​ ​​therapy, end-of-life care, and grief at Yumiko Sato Music Therapy.  The Japanese version of this blog is hosted on The Huffington Post Japan.

Yumi hopes to give readers the opportunity to look at topics from a different perspective, whether it’s about Japan, death & dying, or music therapy.   She is currently a resident of Aomori, and she recently published her first book, “Last Song ~Melodies of Love and Hope at the End of Life.”                       Read more

Twitter: YumikoSatoMTBC

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11 Responses to “About Yumi”

  1. Mari Nameshida September 15, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Thank you for interesting blog! It is very interesting even for me as a Japanese.

    • Yumi September 16, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Thank you so much for your message, Mari-san! Your blog looks wonderful. I look forward to reading it!

  2. TonyJ2 November 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Yumi sorry for taking so long to thank you for checking out my blog. You provide an interesting and personal insight into Japan.

    • Yumi December 2, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Thank you, Tony! I’ve enjoyed your posts very much.

  3. wmckenzie95 December 11, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Your blog looks interesting and very informative. Japan is a unique and exciting country. I love Japanese culture and plan on going there soon. Currently, I am working on a blog and would like you to check it out if you don’t mind. The website to my blog is http://internationalwayne101.wordpress.com.

    • Yumi December 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by. It sounds like you’re hoping to come to Japan as an English teacher? I know people who have done it, and it’s a neat way to explore the culture. Best luck to you!

      • wmckenzie95 December 12, 2013 at 9:36 am #

        It is one of my goals. Recently, I applied to the JET Program and hopefully I get in. I can speak some Japanese and willing to adapt to the culture there. When I come to Japan one day, do you want to meet up with your friends and show me around town? By the way, I’m originally from the happy island of Jamaica and Japan is one of my favorite countries in the world.

  4. Anonymous November 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Interesting write ups Yumi. I am not sure I understand music therapy but your insights into Japan and its various aspects are indeed worth reading specially when staying in Japan and you never get to know many of it being a foreigner. Thanks.

  5. Viktor Lundberg October 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi Yumi! My name is Viktor and I live in Sweden. I’m going to Aomori later this month. What would you recommend me to see and do? I like old architecture, art and culture and the nature. I will have 1-2 days in Aomori, the rest of the time I’ll drive around in the mountains to various onsen.

    Thank you for an interesting blog!

    Viktor

    • Yumi October 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi Viktor. Oirase Gorge is a beautiful part of Aomori. Lake Towada and Mt. Hakkoda are nearby. I think you’ll also like Sannai-Maruyama museum, a Jōmon period archaeological site. There are many Jomon archaeological sites in Aomori, and this is the biggest one. The museum is free, and it is about 15 minutes from Aomori station by a taxi. Hirosaki is a lovely town known for a castle and Tsugaru shamisen (traditional music), but it is a bit far from Aomori station. Enjoy your trip!

      • TonyJ2 October 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

        Hello again Yumi. My wife Veronica and I are heading to Aomori in late April next year. I have already ‘listed’ Oirase Gorge and Hirosaki as potentials.

        I have been trying to work out if a day trip from Aomori to Sii by ferry is possible and worth doing.

        And, I have been recommended to go to Aoni Onsen.

        Any thoughts? Or another special place you may recommend?

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