July 29, 1944 (Saturday)

Despedida Party. The Nagasakis gave us (Quiambao, Pena and I) a despedida party at their home tonight. A Japanese Jesuit was there, too. Beautiful Japanese fans and a nice lacquer set were the gifts each of us received. We enjoyed the exquisite dinner and the kind hospitality of this Japanese family whom I shall never forget. Whenever I drop in …

July 3, 1944 (Monday)

Letters from Home. At 8:00 this morning dropped in at the Embassy and got letters from the Philippines brought by Ambassador Vargas. With Mr. Gō. At 4:00 p.m. today saw Mr. Yasuhiro Gō at his home at Akasaka. We again went around with him, helping him with a few packages. We met the undersecretary of the cabinet at his office …

June 4, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s University Chapel. Tokyo Filipinos Gather. The Filipino Embassy House was today the scene of the first gathering of Filipino residents in Tokyo and Yokohama. It was a truly Filipino affair with lechon [roast suckling pig] and dinuguan as the main attractions at lunch time. The main purpose of the gathering was to organize …

June 1, 1944 (Thursday)

Summer begins today, our second in Japan. Japanese colegialas [schoolgirls] have put on their white summer blouses—a clear sign that summer has definitely started and spring has definitely gone. Tokyo Detention House (Tokyo Kōchisho). As part of our school activities, we visited the Tokyo Detention House this p.m. at 2:00 at Ikebukuro-ku, accompanied by Mr. Sakashita of the Daitōa Ministry …

May 21, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s. Party at Maruyama’s. At 11:00 we gathered at Maruyama’s Music Studio to have a little reunion of the Pinoys with adobo and, as the main event, dinuguan [Filipino dish made with pig’s blood, innards and chili peppers] which Maning Laurel received from his father. There were a few girls present which added “color” …

May 9, 1944 (Tuesday)

Party at Nagasakis’. At 5:00 p.m. Quiambao, Pena and I were invited to dinner at the Nagasaki residence on the occasion of the departure of Michitada-san (youngest son) for the countryside. We enjoyed the sukiyaki, chicken pie and cakes, and especially the nice company of this kind and hospitable Japanese family who lately have become very close to us. After …

May 5, 1944 (Friday)

Heard mass and received communion at St. Sofia’s Church with Quiambao, Sison and Pena. Met Bert Lavides there, too. Birthday. Today being the birthday of Ikuko Nagasaki, our friend, we brought her a bouquet of tulips after mass early this morning. Her mother and she were surprised and happy to see such early well-wishers. (The tulips cost us Y12.) Bought …