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Tetsutaro Matsumae

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Tetsutaro Matsumae Obituary
MATSUMAE, Tetsutaro Tetsutaro Matsumae, 78 years old, passed away on July 4, 2018. Born on August 19, 1939, in Tokyo, Japan to Takejiro and Machiko Matsumae, he was a long-time resident and businessman in Austin. An avid book reader and learned aficionado of traditional jazz, Tetsutaro attended college in Tokyo and traveled in Asia before settling in Austin. The family moved to Austin in the late 1970s, and he went into the family business, Asahi Imports--at the time known as Shigeko's Imports--the first import and ethnic grocery store in central Texas. The store is still the go-to spot in Austin for Japanese goods. Tetsutaro's daily presence at the store created a place where Austin's Japanese community could find a small cure for homesickness and Austinites interested in Japan could learn more about Japanese culture. In addition to his music and books, he enjoyed Austin's great food scene and using his iPad to watch YouTube videos and Facetime his grandchildren. Tetsutaro is survived by his spouse of 49 years, Mieko; his mother-in-law Shigeko Burnie; his four children: Satomi M. Nassirian and her husband Barmak Nassirian, Satoshi Matsumae, Satori Matsumae and wife Kumi Otani, and Sally Matsumae and her husband Johnny Serrano; and his grandchildren: Emi and Rie Matsumae, and Ema and Mie Nassirian. A Celebration of Life will be held in Tetsutaro's honor on Saturday, August 18th. To attend, please email Sally Matsumae at: [email protected] or text your inquiries to 512-731-5741. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to the Austin Traditional Jazz Society (ATJS) or the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 12 to Aug. 16, 2018
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