My daughter’s portrait of Angela Aki

Written by on January 27, 2009 in Life and Family, Notes By The Way with 6 Comments

I’d really like to post a recent photo, but I haven’t had time to go shoot any…

Reia is a bigtime fan of Angela Aki. All of my daughters can sing Tegami from start to finish (Aki’s hit song from last year). Now Reia is teaching herself how to play it on the piano. I’ll post a video when I have time to edit it.

If you don’t know who Angela Aki is, you can check her out on YouTube here.

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About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .


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  • olivia

    what a talented, talented girl! She’ll do very well in the future. Is Reia 8, by the way? She has a very good sense of proportion. It really looks like Angela too!

  • kiyoka rose

    I was working for Angela Aki’s parents who just opened their English School in Hiroshima many many years ago. She was showing me her two daughters’ picutrues left back in Tokushima with their grandparents.
    Angela’s mother also had wonderful voice, remembering Angela’s mother teaching children’s songs to the Japanese English teachers. I was surprised to find out that she moved to Hawaii with her children. After quiting the job I also moved to America and eventually moved to Hawaii aobut 20 years ago. While Angela attending the Iolani school in Hawaii, I often visited the school for my son’s sport events. I never imagined that Aki san’s daughters were attending the school in Hawaii. Anyway, three years ago I watched the NHK red and white singing contest in Hawaii ,and when Angela was introduced as a half white who raised in Tokushima, I knew that she is Aki san’s girl. also, I am happy to find out that their English School became one of the major English School , イオン today.
    Marie Digby is also a successful half Japanese singer now.
    You can see her in
    I have three hapa( Hawaii word, Mixed kids) sons. Mixed kids rule the world soon.


  • Lauren

    Wow, that is really good.
    Love the expression on her face, really conveys a sense of her character, which is impressive, especially considering the age of the artist!
    Looks like you’ve got a pretty talented daughter there.

  • Andy

    Thanks for this comment. It’s interesting to understand more of the story behind the people we “meet through TV.”

    I wish Angela would join one of our trips to Cambodia and help us tell people about the needs there…

  • Rob Rodgers

    Angela has been involved with charities in Cambodia for years! She also sends all the tee shirts that are not sold at her concerts to a children’s charity in Cambodia.

  • Wow. Well, do you have her number? I wish she’d contact me. I confess, it would put such a smile on my daughter’s face… But more than anything I’d love to show her what we’re trying to do by bringing Japanese over there.