Expeditionary Force Story (C)

Memories of the American Occupation: Chew Each Bite 

New York, N.Y. The experience of not having food after the war was tough, of course, but thanks to this, I knew the meaning of eating, and if I slowly eat any GETTING FOOD TO HAVE MAXIMUM NITRITIONingredient, it will be very delicious and nutritious. ONE MOUTHFUL Orphans Internationalthink it was a happy thing to know. Once you put it in your mouth, put your chopsticks once and wait until you have chewed 100 times. It tastes completely different than when you are in a hurry.

Playing with the Expeditionary Children

I talked about the Japanese Army’s residence being taken up by our troops and made it their own home, but my neighbor’s residence was really confiscated except for my home, thanks to my English-speaking aunt, I have become a family home.

A new American family has moved into the house next door. The family had two children, a boy Bobby and a cute girl Laurie, both of whom were blondes we had never seen and especially Laurie’s long hair was beautiful. It was shining brightly in the sun. It seems that the children of the Imperial Military were supposed to be unable to play with Japanese children, but they dived through our fence from below and came to play every day.

Since it was just after the end of the war, there were still quite large hills and holes that I made for air defense in the garden, and I was playing Indians like a mountain. This play is always the same scenario, we siblings play the role of Indians, we kidnap Raleigh LAURIES and hide HER somewhere, like a shelter, a tree shade, or somewhere else. Then, it was a game where Bobby came to RESCUE.

My mother had bought a small goat from Takarazuka Zoo for milk to be fed to her children, but we decided to call it a horse and Bobby was a cowboy on horseback. HE comes to RESCUE LAURIE RIGHT AWAY. I played it everyday. By the way, the goat had no milk after coming to my house, so the maids HELPERS complained when they ate a lot of food, but they were good children’s friends.

Difference Between Discipline in America and Japan

Even though WE couldn’t understand each other’s words, WE couldn’t understand how to divide roles and set rules, but WE did it every day.

When it’s time for dinner, you can hear the American mom next door calling out everywhere. Then, the two go back under the fence again, but when THEY DID something bad, we see from the window on the second floor how the children were hit BY THEIR MOTHER SPANKED, and WE THOUGHT American discipline WAS severe.

Our discipline WAS standing upright and remorse. When WE did something worse, I was thrown into the TREASURE house. I was happy because when I was put in by two people, I could play. One day I was alone and THEY Forgot ME, and I was crying alone looking at the beautiful moon seen through the tall windows. At dinner, SOMEONE hurriedly came to pick me up if there was not enough child. THEY WERS HORT ONE CHID AT THE TABLE

The GERENAL n the armed forces brought many GIFTS. HE brought a lot of chocolate, chewing gum, and candy, but at my home with a habit, each child is lined up in a well-behaved manner, standing up, and taking only one for each type, and saying, “Give me” NEVER SAYING – ONE BOW – TO THANK ONLY ONCE.


In addition to all of the above, thank you very much for your kindness. My aunt taught me that saying “thank you” more than once was vulgar and messy. I wanted so many sweets that I had never seen before that I could get my hands out of my throat, but I ended up with my head patted. I think that my aunt who taught me politely with pride as a Japanese was wonderful.

Their father next door was a COMMUTED helicopter in the morning and evening. What are the kids doing now? It was about the same age, so maybe I’m in my 80’s.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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About Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura

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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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