Dispatched Army Story (A) FEB. 1 1999

New York, N.Y. Our life right after the end of the war It is a story right after the end of the war. I had a younger sister, Hisako-chan, who died on July 7th due to malnutrition due to food consumption that was extremely low during the war. It was the first sad experience for me since I was born. SEASON WAS I wondered why tears beside the bellflower PURPLE were so in my body. FRIST TIME I HAD REALLY FLET SAD. WHY DID I HAVE SO MANY TEARS IN MY BODY? I WAS SITTING NEXT TO THE BELL FLO=WERS. THIS KIND OF MEMORY IS ONLY HEARE IS=N A BEAUTIFUL SCENE. I CRY WVERY TIME I SEE THESE FLOWRS. Curiously, such things still live in my heart as beautiful memories. I cry every time I see this flower.

I had five siblings (including Hisako) at that time. The top three AND I experiencing war.

at that time would be completely unimaginable to our readers. We were evacuated to a villa in Takarazuka.

After the war, the arrival of troops arrived, and Americans confiscated the comfortable houses in the neighborhood one after another. The area was a district with villas and mansions with large gardens, so everything was taken away.

THEY couldn’t confiscate my house because of my aunt’s negotiations.

It was thanks to my aunt that our house didn’t have to be taken away. My aunt graduated from the current Tsuda College and then Tsuda Eijuku, and because She was fluent in English, Takarazuka bothered to go to the headquarters of the Imperial Military in Osaka and asked,

We have two families living together. I have ten children, so don’t confiscate OUR HOME. “Then, the HEAD person heard the story and said, “I love Japanese food, but it’s not fun because there is no restaurant.”

That’s right. Osaka was completely destroyed by the burned fields due to their bombing. This person was a foodie GOURMET who was also familiar with French cuisine. After listening to my aunt, he said that he wouldn’t treat me to Japanese food or I wouldn’t confiscate my house. IF YOU GOVE ME A GOOD JAPANESE DINNER I WILL NOT CONFISCATE

Treat Japanese food to the colonel 

So WE decided to invite that person to OUR house and have a Japanese meal. OF COURSE WE CAN DO THAT  you can do it at home. There was a chef who cooked Japanese food in my house. We prepared fish specially, and grilled, boiled, fried and vegetables were abundant in our field. WE ONLY DID NOT HAVE JAPAENSE RICE

Finally, on the day, the great person came by himself with A helicopter withOUT GAURDS. My father, mother, and aunt welcomed HIM and brought out the best plates and antiques from the WAREHOUSE, hospitality, and politely brought out what the ONE BY ONE maid brought. WE WERE surprised because HE used chopsticks well. HE ATE ALONE. The host does not eat with guests in the old Japanese tradition.


I was very pleased when I enjoyed Japanese food in this way. After that, HE take a walk in the garden. My house had a big garden and a big pond. When WE passed there, there were MANY toads. Apparently he thought he was an edible frog. So WE WERE surprised that we had never eaten it because I said “I want to eat it.” “It’s special in French cuisine, it’s eaten as a gourmet food, so I want to come again because I want to eat it,” he says.

Anyway, the GENERAL CAME AGAIN to eat the frog again anyway, and his aunt opened a French recipe book to learn how to cook THE frog. We watched the GAURDINER of the field catch big frogs, cut their heads, and peeled the SKIN, and we CHILDREN couldn’t believe why they ate such a thing, looking at them behind the scenes.

Finally, when the GENERAL came for the second time, we children were hiding behind the shoji screen and peeked at it. And when I finally put it in my mouth, HE ate IT! ate! I remember making a noise. If WE HAD ONBLY KNOWN the frog could be eaten, it would have prevented food shortages. There were so many. We also learned that frogs were very delicious only after we had a little leftovers.


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



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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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