Yoshii Sasaki: A 91 Year Old Japanese Lady Living in Atenas, Costa Rica
I remember it as if it were yesterday, the first time I saw Yoshii Sasaki in Atenas. I was having lunch with my mother at Antano’s restaurant in downtown and a group of ladies walked in, one of which stood out in the crowed. She was dressed to the nines in a traditional Japanese kimono. Her face was so perfectly made-up that you would have thought she was a lifesize porcelain doll.
ANGELS IN ATENAS: Angel Tree in Atenas Helps Less Fortunate Children Enjoy Christmas.
It all started 7 years ago when Tina Newton, owner and director of Su Espacio in Atenas decided she need to do something to help less fortunate children in Atenas enjoy Christmas. Having seen various Angel Tree projects in United States and in her native Oklahoma, Tina knew what she must do. With Tina’s hard work, determination, and overwhelming support of the local community, the Angel Tree project in Atenas was born!
Like many neighborhoods throughout the United States in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, Ybor City, the “Latin Quarter” of Tampa, Florida, fell prey to the SUBURBANIZATION of America. Shortly after World War II, the masses started leaving the city centers across the country, and once vital communities like Ybor City with her spicy latin flavor, quickly became ghost towns.
It’s that time of year in Costa Rica where the weather is perfect; dry and sunny. The annual festivals are in full swing. Traditional tope’s are everywhere, with Palmares leading the way. Here in Atenas, February brings another great event, the annual chili cook off to support the Hogar de Vida de Ninez in Ateans (www.homesoflife.org).
Have you ever met someone and wanted to learn more about them? After my first meeting with Marietta Arce, over a one hour coffee turned two, I was left wanting more. I had not said all I wanted to say to or heard all I wanted to hear from this dynamic woman.
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Tours in Costa Rica
Pure Life Development of Atenas is a full service tour company. We feature full vacation packages and day trips for the family. Our tour director Nelson Conejo is very experienced and provides a personal service and attention to detail second to none in Costa Rica. Please write Nelson or give him a call to arrange your next Costa Rican vacation at (506)2446-0447 or
Retirement Living in Atenas
Interview with Pure Life Development co-founder and certified realtor Dennis Easters, about Costa Rica ranked by AARP as "one of the best places to retire abroad".