Oyako Day - Messages of Support
The fourth Sunday of July is Oyako Day
Oyako Ambassadores Comments
Oyako ambassadors are special messengers who are helping to promote our social action.
Oyako Ambassadores

Nobuhiko Ohbayashi
Nobuhiko Ohbayashi
(movie director)
The thread that ties parents and children feeds a loom of communication, weaving past to present and present to future. The information society has broadened the horizontal world but we've neglected the hopes of its vertical axis. Together, parents and children can change the world by being just what they should be, a true family. I hope people will think about that on OYAKO DAY.

Hiromichi Sato
Hiromichi Sato
(Oyako Gymnastic School, Supervisor)
To strengthen the bonds between parents and children, we must “Look one another eye to eye”, “Rub each other shoulder to shoulder” and “Speak to each other”.
I give my full support to Oyako Hi through the advancement of Oyako Gymnastics.

Akaji Maro
Akaji Maro (Dancer)
The relation between parents and children has been the source for everything dramatic since ancient times. We need to move this relation to an even richer place. For the future of all of us.

Yosuke Saito
Yosuke Saito (actor)
When I look at my son's bad habits, I see my own.
I'm sure it'll happen to my son, the same way, when he notices his own child's vices.
This tie between parent and child, for better or for worse, endures.

Sachiko Yasuda (Vocalist)
We had our picture done at the Mainichi Newspaper “Oyako interview session”. When I saw the photogrpah, I was reminded that however much we get wound up in our worries over parenting, we still can't ever get enough of our kids. So obvious, I suppose, but it took that picture to remind me.
Photographs open the heart on a page and then stay with us repeating the message. We go on living through one thing or another but the picture is there to call us home.
I hope the bonds between parents and children will grow forever deeper and that everybody will celebrate Oyako Day.

Yasuko Sawada
Yasuko Sawada
(Staff member of the United Nations)
Friends, acquaintances, neighbors, bosses & underlings. There are a lot of different relations between people, but being parent and child is the most intimate and natural one. It's a strange relation fraught with overboard spoiling and clumsy communications that bathes in deep trust.
When I saw the picture Bruce Osborn did for us, I was taken aback. I discovered things that made me reconsider what parents and children are all about. It was a wonderful thing to bring home. I think putting aside a special day, like Mother's Day and Father's Day, to rethink and restart our parent-child relation is a wonderful idea. I support Oyako Day.

Takenobu Igarashi
(Tama Art University, President)
photo by 藤原晋也/蔵扉前にて
Bruce Osborn's Oyako photographs are about what ties people together. His present to us are the wonderful smiles that fill that world. When I look through his pictures, I feel I'm in the Utopia of photography.
I hope Bruce will go on for years with Oyako Day which gives all of us a fresh opportunity to come closer to each other.

Shinobu Otake
Shinobu Otake
(actress and TV personality)
What I learned from my father and mother,

I pass on to my two children.

There's a set of habits and some ways of thinking,

but what the family really passes on is love.

Nothing would bring me greater happiness than to see that

later, when my two children have become parents themselves,

they've fully understood this.

It's an important message, which is why I support Oyako Day.

Takeshi Tsuruno
(actor, tarento, & musician)
The Oyako relation is my guide to life. By creating happiness at home, I hope that one day my children will feel the same way. This is the marvelous cycle of Oyako.

I fully support the Oyako movement

Animal Hamaguchi
(former Pro-wrestler)
Kyoko Hamaguchi
(freestyle wrestler & Olympic medalist)
Being too strict can make people hard-hearted,
but too much coddling can ruin their lives.
When I’m training my daughter for wrestling and I push her hard,
my wife Hatsue follows behind with words of affection.
Then, when I get home, I get my own dose of discipline.
“You call it training but it’s no better than bullying”
she cries out, right in front of Kyoko, who completes the circle by saying,
“Don’t be so mean to Papa.”
That’s how it is in the Hamaguchi Arena.
It is the Oyako’s fate,
to harmonize the strict and generous.
“OYAKO DAY” - I love you !!

Ultra Chichi,
Ultra Haha,
& Ultraman Taro
(Super heros)
Ultra Chichi (father):
We've heard about the Oyako movement on Nebula M78!! Oyako Day is not just about Earth, but can speak to the whole universe. Let's make it so!

Ultra Haha (mother):
Ultraman Taro, along with the other Ultra Brothers and Ultra Warriors, are all my children. There are many kinds of Oyako, but no matter who we are, the parent and child relationship is special. That's why it's so wonderful to have Oyako Day so we can all celebrate it together. I give my full-hearted support to Oyako Day.

Ultraman Taro (son):
I'm 12,000 years old now, but whatever your age, you always have a mother and father. I am proud to be the son of Ultra Chichi and Ultra Haha. When I get to be 13,000 years old, I'd really like for Bruce to be there to take another Oyako photo of us. Let's do a super photo session on Nebula M78! We're all looking forward to it!

(former Vice President
Kitazato University)
Oyako Day Heals the Illness of Separation

We have an expression in Japanese, 古住今来, which the dictionary translates as “in all ages” or “since antiquity”. If you look at the characters, you see “from of old until now”. This expression is not really hard to understand, but these days most of the young don’t know it. People are infected with tunnel vision. They see only dips and dabs from the great tide of humanity’s past and have lost the ability to see the world beyond their present.

“Who are we, where do we come from, where are we going?” This conjecture is forever shadowing us, our groups and organizations, our societies and governments; and through them, nature and all life on our planet. Bruce and Yoshiko’s group express the importance of this proposition in “OYAKO” and reveal it to people through this basic relation.

The “OYAKO DAY” project, based as it is on parents and children, whispers to us of the grandchildren who will come. Japanese already have the word OYAKO. Someday the ferment set off by Bruce’s team will distill a new word, running across all generations. .

(Digital Hollywood,
Fukuoka School,
Children learn from birth by following the example of their parents, and in turn, raising a family helps parents to learn and grow. Isn't building a thriving family one of the first steps to a thriving society?

I believe that because Oyako Day creates an opportunity to deepen family bonds, it can contribute to the flourishing of society. Times change, countries and cultures are different, but the Oyako relation has universal value. We should try to see it this way, and look to the deepening of family ties as a way towards international understanding.

It is because I believe this that I give my full support to Oyako Day.

(Bistro Papa)
The pleasure of parents & children cooking together.
The profound strength a family's taking meals together can give us.
Oyako Day is also a wonderful opportunity to bring families together around the dining table.

(Actor – Scriptwriter for
"OYAKO The Film")

When I first heard about making a movie based on Bruce Osborn's Oyako Photos, I thought it was a wonderful idea. When asked if I would like to do the script, it was a new challenge, but I was just thrilled.
Parents and children, are such fun to watch. That's what the movies about. By fun, we're talking about something like there being as many opinions as there are people. For anyone seeing the film, it should be the same thing. Each will carry away something different, and that's the way it should be.
"OYAKO Movie” mixes documentary, interviews and drama, but without Bruce's tremendous work shooting portraits of parents and children, it would never have existed. I believe that OYAKO will some day be an international word and that this day is not far off. I support OYAKO DAY with all my heart.

I became a parent 35 years ago, and 11 years ago, my child became a parent too. It all happens so fast. You're totally involved in bringing them up healthy & strong, and the next thing you know they've got their own kids. We're sad because it's all gone by so quickly, but be a trooper: you've done a great service for our country by adding to the population.
When our children grow up and become parents themselves, they can finally begin to understand what a parent feels. The ties between parent and child are deep and enduring. Just look at us: we move the same, talk the same, laugh the same. But just when you're thinking how alike you are, you see that they're totally different. And then, an instant later, there they are looking just like you again! I keep thinking that no matter how you cut it, a frog makes frogs. Oyako Day continues to have my full support.

2015 will be the 13th year that Bruce Osborn organizes OYAKO Day. We may all take for granted that parents watch out for their children and that their children are grateful for the family they live in, but Oyako Day is a special moment for Parents & Children to take time together to think and talk about just how special they are to each other. It's a story I try to tell with my music at Hirahara Sanchi concerts.
I am one of Oyako Day's strong supporters.