Saturday, August 15, 2009

Shingo Yamashiro


山城 新伍さんが亡くなられたと知らせを受けた。思い出を胸に残してもらいたいだけ。と言う本人の生前の希望でお別れ会なども無く、遺族への取材の配慮なども言い残されていたらしい。思慮深い山城さんらしい。
私の思い出は、33年以上前。香港でPRADAのお店を開いた時に、友人の関山さんと彼がお店を訪れ一緒に来た面々に「すりに気を付けてくださいね。」と言った矢先に、連れの人がお財布をすられ戻って来た。領事館への連絡などをお手伝いした訳だが、その後、律儀にも「僕がいるとお客さんが来るから」と滞在中、何度もお店を訪れてくれた。息子にカメラを買ってもらい、お礼にリパルスベイの家にも招待した覚えがある。その後帰国すると、分けとく山の野崎さんに紹介されたり、梅宮辰夫さんなど数多くの人達を紹介してくれた。
I received news that Mr. Shingo Yamashiro passed away.
There was no farewell and so on. That’s the way he wanted, because he wanted his family, friends and parties concerned to “Keep his memories in your heart”. And he would take his bereaved family into considerations for them to get interviewed by media reporters. That is very Mr. Yamashiro-like, considerate and prudent.
My memories to him were more than 33 years ago. When Prada boutique was first opened in HK, my friend Sekiyama san visited the boutique with him and his party. And at the time, I told them to “watch out for pickpockets.” Just after when I told them, one of them had his pocket picked. Then I helped them to contact with Japanese consulate. Later, Mr. Yamashiro visited the boutique over and over during his stay, because if he showed up to the boutique more customers would visit. During his stay, he also bought a camera to my son. As my gratitude to him, I invited him to my home in Repulse Bay. After I went back to Japan, I was introduced by Nozaki san of “Waketokuyama”, and Mr.Yamashiro introduced me to so many friends of his including Mr. Tatsuo Umemiya.