In April, 1983, I was a 15-year-old country boy who was full of insecurity, entering an old gate of the newly-built Okinawa Shogaku High School, roaming around the school. I gradually came to have good friends and teachers, and got used to studying at the school. Practicing “study hard and enjoy wholeheartedly,” for three years, I was then able to go on to medical school at the University of the Ryukyus. Although I managed to become a doctor, my path to the goal was full of hardships. During that challenging period, all I remembered was faces of comrades. Even though I became an adult, I remember faces of several comrades despite not meeting them for a long time, saying to myself, “They are doing their best, I will do mine too!” I am now 52-years-old now and sometimes remember one teacher at Okinawa Shogaku. What he used to frequently say is “Write your thoughts in your own words!” The teacher threw that phrase at us whenever possible. I just thought that he was talking about how you can get a good score on the Japanese Language test of the National Center Test for University Admissions. Now I am at a responsible position in my job and anew realize it is important to communicate with colleagues by using “our own words.” A baseball team of Okinawa Shogaku was once again able to get into the National Baseball Tournament (Koushien) in the first year of Reiwa (2019). That once again reminded me of air of alma mater and faces of comrades. I am grateful for Okinawa Shogaku to provide these kinds of opportunities on so many occasions.
Uehara was born in May 1967. He spent his early days as an Uminchu (Fisherman), until he was a junior high school student in the local Yomitan Village. After graduating from medical school at the University of the Ryukyus, Uehara worked at Okinawa Prefectural Miyako hospital, Okinawa Red Cross Hospital, Kokura Memorial Hospital and Urasoe General Hospital. He is now working at Okinawa Prefectural Yaeyama Hospital. His book, Yaeyama Hospital Data de Munukange (speculation with data), gave Uehara The Second Medical Science Journalist Association Award. His hobbies are reading and studying humor.