Being immersed in Japanese culture, even for so short a time, was like meeting an old friend and starting up a warm friendship right where we left off 30 something years ago. This was not the starry eyed admiration of a 23 year old who was so disappointed in her US plastic-TV 'culture' Back then and even now I feel this exchange mirrors my deepest misgivings about our young 'culture'-
Reporter: "Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?"Gandhi: "I think it would be a very good idea." Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
|at the onsen, eating a multi-course dinner|
First thing this am, we tried to get Mituse's iPad working to download movies. She showed me a delightful story of a tandem telling of "Jack in The Beanstalk" by a two year old and his aunt. Then it was time to hit the road to meet Bruce at Seisen University in Gotanda area of Tokyo. We took three trains and walked a ways too. Poor Mitsue had to do all that and more to get to her work. Seisen Univesrity is a small and beautiful Catholic college. Also an all girls college, the main building is from the 1850s and the grounds are lush with trees and vegetation - right in the center of Tokyo. Everyone at Seisen was extraordinarily friendly and engaging. Bruce considers himself very lucky.
Day Four Monday, NOV 14, 2011
Day Three Sunday, NOV 13, 2011