At the request of Mr. Masanobu Araya from The Japan Times, who somehow related my family name with the family he's searching for, I find myself looking for the descendents of Mr. (Edmond) Percy Noel. Or the descendents of his children - Henry M. Noel, Yves Jeffery Noel or Helen Vivienne (Mrs. Homer Gayne).
Mr. Araya is searching because the New National Opera Theatre in Tokyo is going to present an opera on 27 September (later this month). The opera librettist was Mr. Noel. He was never able to see the opera performed himself, so, the producer (daughter of co-author, Kosaka Yamada) thought it would be wonderful for a family member to attend this performance.
In the 1951 "Who's Who" article Mr. Araya was using as a reference, Mr. Noel listed his home as 'The Noel Place' in Nokesville, Prince William County, Va. In the same year, Mr. Noel wrote a letter to a friend in Shimota telling of his recent retirement to a lovely, small town in VA.
I told Mr. Araya I would try to find out something for him this week. If you are one of the descendents, or know of one (or two, or three!), please let me know asap.
Please use my e-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org
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