28th August 1945

Overhead the planes were roaring past, flight after flight, so low that the identification letters and numbers on the stately bombers could be read with the naked eye, so low that the swift black fighters almost grazed the trees in the park. Outside the city, on Atsugi airfield, the air trains were dumping their first..

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24th January 1945

The mysterious Mr. Yokoyama has been arrested. The story is that his daughter and his secretary were picked up too. It only complicates the already tangled and twisted puzzle of this inscrutable personage. Who is Mr. Yokoyama? What is he after? Where does he get his money? For months the diplomatic corps in Japan has..

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June 20, 1944 (Tuesday)

Shopping. After class, bought a cute, small razor (Y5.74) and a silver bracelet with small pearls inlaid in shell-like trinkets (Y17.60) at the Imperial Hotel Arcade. Finished reading tonight the Short History of Japan by [E. W.] Clement which I found very interesting and revealing.

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April 27, 1944 (Thursday)

Yokohama. This a.m. was my first visit to this place. Rode the express from Shimbashi. Visited Mrs. Rafael Aquino who recently gave birth to a baby boy. Expected to see Special Ambassador Aquino there, but there was an unexpected change of plans. We had a nice time with Mrs. Aquino going over their family album...

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April 25, 1944 (Tuesday)

Today being Rinji Taisai (Extraordinary Spring Yasukuni Shrine Festival) had no classes. Visited the Nagasakis with Quiambao and enjoyed hearing such records as “Sampaguita” [ “Jasmine Flower” ], “Arimundingmunding,” “Abaruray,” etc., which we borrowed from Miniong Aquino of the Hoso Kyokai (Broadcasting Station). Went to the Imperial Hotel this p.m. at 5:00 to accompany Quiambao..

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