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Welcome to the CaringBridge site for Aya Itagaki.

We hope you'll leave your remembrances and the many many stories we don't know about Aya.  

-The Itagaki Family


Harry Itagaki posted a new journal entry, "The End".

After suffering a massive stroke - she did not do anything in half measures - we took Aya off the ventilator last night (1/25/14).  She died about an hour later, just ... Read more

Hiroko Ikuta signed Aya's Guestbook.

I noticed that there are still many of us who visit this website because we miss Aya. I would like to share Aya's sexy shot that I took last October. Mr. & Mrs. ... Read more

Dale Hinchey signed Aya's Guestbook.

Perhaps we need to start a list of those Aya has assisted. It is my understanding that the Itagaki  family will have a memorial of Aya's life in Vermont this coming ... Read more

Harry Itagaki signed Aya's Guestbook.

This snippet of a poem by Mary Oliver may help us all.  It was sent  by a friend when a mutual friend died, and  I've thought that it holds a lot of truth:... To live ... Read more

Harry Itagaki signed Aya's Guestbook.

This cartoon really fits with what Aya meant to many of us: she inspire others to take risks..... Read more

Kazuko Ando signed Aya's Guestbook.

Aya, how can I express my surprise? When I got the horrible news that you were in hospital and in danger, I couldn't believe it.  Just a couple of days before, I had got ... Read more

Judith Lerner signed Aya's Guestbook.

Dearest Aya, strongest of women, beloved teacher, superior artist, whose work spoke to everyone - the woodsman, the scientist, the artist, the scholar, the gardener. We ... Read more

Ken Bladyka signed Aya's Guestbook.

This revealing glimpse of Aya's karate spirit comes from a testimonial she wrote for Murray Kohn, a senior OKA student who was opening his own dojo in his native ... Read more

Deborah Whitehair signed Aya's Guestbook.

Haruhiko and family,  I was saddened to read of your mother's passing.  Over the years my mother would speak of your mother, her face lighting up with each story ... Read more

Martha von Ammon signed Aya's Guestbook.

I studied calligraphy with Aya for 5 years beginning in 1982 when my children had just begun school. I had only a few hours a day to myself and each week I went to Aya's ... Read more

Sheryl Trainor signed Aya's Guestbook.

Aya with her friends Lili Mayor and Judith Lerner at the opening of the AVA Founders show last year. I was lucky enough to take a workshop with Aya several years ago. I ... Read more

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