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    afja_lm139

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    December 7, 1941

    Post by afja_lm139 on Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:35 am

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    Re: December 7, 1941

    Post by BillC on Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:09 pm

    Spent the evening of the 7th day of December in Tokyo with Sugata Sanshiro (the JF one), NBK and the lovely, erudite Mrs. NBK.

    That it was the "day that shall live in infamy" was lost on my dinner companions I could tell, but the subject did come up indirectly.

    That it is now easy to forget in the midst of a gathering of Japanese and Americans is not entirely a bad thing.


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    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    - Kipling
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    Re: December 7, 1941

    Post by afja_lm139 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:17 am

    BillC wrote:Spent the evening of the 7th day of December in Tokyo with Sugata Sanshiro (the JF one), NBK and the lovely, erudite Mrs. NBK.

    That it was the "day that shall live in infamy" was lost on my dinner companions I could tell, but the subject did come up indirectly.

    That it is now easy to forget in the midst of a gathering of Japanese and Americans is not entirely a bad thing.

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    Re: December 7, 1941

    Post by BillC on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:15 pm

    afja_lm139 wrote:
    BillC wrote:Spent the evening of the 7th day of December in Tokyo with Sugata Sanshiro (the JF one), NBK and the lovely, erudite Mrs. NBK.

    That it was the "day that shall live in infamy" was lost on my dinner companions I could tell, but the subject did come up indirectly.

    That it is now easy to forget in the midst of a gathering of Japanese and Americans is not entirely a bad thing.

    George Santayana

    While forgetting the past entirely is certainly a mistake, living in someone else's past without ever letting go is a worse one. My father died having finally faced his demons (thanks is part to Louis Zamperini years ago), though I cannot say he entirely exorcised them. In any case, he clearly never intended them to be mine.


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    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    - Kipling

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