ATOMIC BOMBING by the US

Matsuyama Century Lions Club

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    I'm a member of Matsuyama Century Lions Club.

Battleships Yamato & Prince of Wales

Canada 2012

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    Ski Tour to Canada and Accidental Tour to Korea

Josei Touring 2011 Summer

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    城西自動車学校のツーリングクラブの写真です。2011年7月17日行き先は面河。

Rio

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Birthday Party

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    50th Birthday Party 50歳の誕生日をネットの仲間が祝ってくれました。我が家でバーベキューをしています。

Alsace

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    2010春 次女とフライブルクから日帰り旅行 詰め込んでます。少しずつ整理してゆきます。

South Korea 2009

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    2009年3月長女のEriと韓国旅行をしました。僕の目的は板門店、Eriの目的はソウル観光。

My House

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    http://kumo.typepad.jp/weblog/2008/05/my-garden-won-t.html

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Mar 18, 2011

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Dear YL

I'll write about the spirit of Japan in the blog in a few days as the reply to your comment.

Thank you for your very kind words. Alas, I have never had the opportunity to visit your country. I am just an average American, without any personal connection with Japan. I only wish I had a "profound understanding" of anything—well, I can hardly understand even myself.

For me Japan is not about understanding but, how should I say.. there is no good expression in English for that... for me Japan is 心の事

Hi, YL
Do you have ever been or lived in Japan? I think you have profound understanding about the spirit or what you call, DNA of the Japanese. The last sentence is great words of encouragement. Thank you.

Call me silly, but I think that the Fukushima Fifty are driven by the same spirit that drove the Forty-Seven Ronins. Those heroes of old sacrificed themselves out of loyalty for their lord, the ones today make their sacrifice out of loyalty to the entire nation.

And about the wife who sent her husband forth to peril expecting him to be the savior of Japan...
One of my pleasures is the hour I spend daily following a few Japanese bulletin boards attended by ordinary people chatting about their their life, work, joys and sorrows, pets and other everyday topics, unaware of the faraway foreign friend who silently and lovingly partakes in their lives. On March 11 a striking change happened on these boards. The simple houseviwes who had been using the usual refined feminine language have turned into impassioned patriots calling the nation to arms. Invariably, it were the ladies on every board. The language of their plea to help each other, to endure, to sacrifice was the language of military officers admonishing their troops before battle. Can it be that the dainty, gentle, flowerlike Japanese woman turns into cold steel in adversity? If yes, I think a country with mothers and wives like this has nothing to be afraid of in the future.

Thanks Klaus

I'm thinking of posting my idea about German media which I wrote on Mar. 20th in a few days.

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