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Masamitsu Okamoto - In Memoriam

Date: 30/10/2009
Source: F.I.C.C.

In Memoriam

Masamitsu Okamoto, who was General Secretary of the Japan Autocamping Federation for many years, died of heart failure on 10 October 2009 at the age of 78. Okamoto-san was a co-founder of the camping movement in Japan and initiated two unforgettable International F.I.C.C. Rallies, one at the foot of Mount Fuji in 1983 and the other on Lake Biwa, Hamada, in 1994. Okamoto-san was a very popular man, a camping friend who was kind, open-minded and exceedingly polite. Everyone respected him and listened to what he had to say.

He was also a very cultivated man who knew how to help us understand and appreciate the customs and beauty of the country he loved so much and of which he was proud, by introducing us to Japan’s distinctive music, literature, art and colour. He was equally curious to learn about the culture and way of life in other countries around the world, especially in Europe where his numerous friends always welcomed him with open arms. He was an enthusiastic and faithful participant at F.I.C.C. international rallies all over the world: he felt he belonged to F.I.C.C., it was a part of him and we shall all miss him.

In accordance with his wishes he was laid to rest in Hokkaido, the city where he was born. We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his surviving children who live in the USA.