Category Archives: War*Peace*Gratitude

Evils of brainwashing

Recently, I received a comment on this website from a gentleman by the name of Douglas Shinsato.  I had mentioned his name in my blog, posted exactly two years ago today, as one of the two very important translators.  I responded … Continue reading

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The role of a spouse

The second half of this post is a sequel to last year’s blog post about the 610 MASS reunion.  In the previous post, I talked about David having been nominated to succeed as chairman of its Alumni Association.  Before I come back … Continue reading

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I am grateful for my loving family

For the last two decades or so, almost every Fourth of July, as well as days surrounding the holiday, we had spent time at our daughter-in-law Kathy’s Grandfather’s lake-front cottage in Michigan.  PT, as we affectionately called him, passed away … Continue reading

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A former native’s perspective on President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan

There is no shortage of opinions regarding the speech President Obama gave at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan on May 27, 2016.  Since I happened to have addressed the issue of nuclear bombs just days prior in my May 2016 blog … Continue reading

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Will we ever learn BEFORE it’s too late?

In November 2015, I wrote a piece about four million people escaping Syria into Europe, relating it to Japan’s historical era of warring factions.  Recently, I saw a Frontline documentary called, “Children of Syria,” which originally aired on April 19, 2016. … Continue reading

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Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC

Last month, March 2016, Jesse and Kathy, our son and daughter-in-law, invited anyone in the family who could join them for a vacation at a beach-front property they rented for a week in Duck, North Carolina. First, the interior of … Continue reading

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Power outage

Sometimes, what happens in life throws you completely off guard.  Last month, on the 20th, after a couple of days of very strong and unrelenting winds, a tree fell down on a power line in our neighborhood at 11:05 a.m.  … Continue reading

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“One Nation under God”

In my December 2015 blog post, I mentioned about a book called, “Son of Hamas,” written by Mosab Hassan Yousef.   It was one of the most memorable books I have ever read – with a possible, viable solution proposed by … Continue reading

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War, Peace, and Gratitude – Japan’s post-WWII Peace Constitution

In October 2015, after I completed my presentation on “Japan’s Gratitude for America” at a local church, a lady came up to me and asked if I had read a book called, “The Only Woman in the Room” by Beate Sirota Gordon.  … Continue reading

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Nature and human nature

The natural world never ceases to fascinate me.  The suburb in which David and I have lived since 1984 has plenty of trees.  Every morning, as I wake up, I see various birds, many of them with beautiful colors.  I … Continue reading

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