Name: FUJIWARA, TAKAO
Date of Birth: 7/7/1946
Ascension Date: 10/30/2006
Memorial Location: Memory Garden Memorial Park455 West Central Avenue
Brea, CA 92821
Contact Name: Paula Fujiwara
SeongHwa Ceremony Date: 11/03/2006
Takao Fujiwara was born in the summer of 1946 as the third son of a farming family in a hillside village near what is now called Tono City in Iwade Prefecture (the North Eastern part of Honshu Island, Japan.) He has three brothers and a sister.
Because his parents divorced when he was about 12 years old his life became difficult. He had no one to pay his tuition for high school. He was on his own as teenager. He became an apprentice machinist and worked in the profession continuously for twenty years until he met our movement at the age of 35.
At his home in Japan, his spiritual mother kept knocking on his door with various fundraising products. He bought some and eventually she invited him to a video center to study the Principle. He joined in 1982. His first experiences in the church were the activities of his local video center.
Eventually, since he was an experienced machinist, he joined Japan's Saeilo Corporation. Because of his skill he was called to America in 1987 for a mission known as "The Chine Project Team".
Only one month after arriving in America he participated in matching ceremony with our True Parents and met his American wife, Paula Petersen. They were blessed in marriage in January 1989 in Korea. They started family life right away and were active in the Boston Church community.
In August of 1991 their only child Dae Yang was born. In 1995 they moved to Paula's home state of California to be closer to her family (as well as closer to Japan). Fuji, as his friends call him, joined the American Saeilo manufacturing division in the Los Angeles area where he worked for nearly nine years.
In 2003 his health situation began to deteriorate due to chronic high blood pressure. He experienced a mild stroke in May 2005 and became disabled as a result. In mid 2006 he was diagnosed with Lymphome, a type of cancer of the lymph glands. The first roung of chemotherapy took a toll on his kidneys whitch led to cardiac arrest. He passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on October 30th, 2006.
Fuji will be remembered as a sincere, gentle, compassionate and deep-herated brother by who know him.