Masako Mera, 76, beloved wife of Dr. Koichi Mera of Pacific Palisades passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

She was born to the late Motomu and Mutsumi Mitsunaga on May 26, 1936 in Tokyo, Japan.  Masako graduated from Ochanomizu High School and Japan Women’s University receiving a degree in home planning.  She married Koichi Mera, PhD on September 3, 1960 at Princeton University’s chapel in Princeton, NJ.

Masako lived each day of her life to the fullest. Her many talents and high spirited nature led her to explore many fields: sculpture, interior design, gourmet cooking, and a keen love of music.  Masako could also be seen on the tennis courts, golf courses, exploring a new artist’s works, or in her yard tending to her vegetable garden.

Masako was also a chairperson of the scholarship selection committee at American Association of Japan University Women.

She is survived by Dr. Koichi Mera, chair of a study group for Japan’s rebirth and former professor of international business at USC.  Additionally, she leaves behind her three children:  a son, Yuhka Mera, of Tokyo, Japan and his wife, Hisako; a daughter, Yumi Mera Kuwana, of Greenwich, CT, her husband, Eiichiro, and their three children, Kiyomasa, Hiroyuki, and Alyssa; and a second son, Eiki  Mera, of Westport, CT, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Nicholas and Conrad. Masako was deeply loved by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.

Private funeral services will be held at Zenshuji Temple, 123 South Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA  on Saturday, September 15th at 2pm.

Flowers can be sent for the funeral services by contacting Ms. Sachiko Nakamura at 800-694-1987 or  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Schwab Charitable Fund for Masako Mera Memorial Fund can be sent to Dr. Koichi Mera.

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