July 22, 1944 (Saturday)

At Tokyo Station, we (Quiambao and I) took the 5:25 p.m. train for Hakone, to spend the weekend as guests of Miss Yuriko Gō. It was raining hard when the train left the station. Our trip was quite enjoyable, the rain relieving us of the heat of summer. At about 8 p.m. we arrived at Odawara Station from where we took a special tram that took us through the zig-zagging course up the mountains. There were many acute 45°-angled curves and arriving at each of these points, our tram had to change tracks to make the ascent. It was during this part of the trip that we met a thunderstorm, and our tram was held up on the way about half an hour.

At about 10:00 p.m. we finally reached Gōra station where a guide was waiting for us to take us to an inn where Quiambao and I spent the night. The country cottage of Miss Gō is just beside the inn, and it was in this cottage that we took a good bath in the sulphur spring water for which this place is famous.

Miss Gō and her mother prepared a good dinner which we enjoyed immensely. It was past twelve midnight when we finally returned to the inn.

July 20, 1944 (Thursday)

Dai-Nippon Biiru Kaisha (Great Japan Beer Company). This afternoon went on kengaku to one of the biggest beer factories in Japan. This company produces “Asahi,” “Ebisu” and “Sapporo” beer and runs Manila’s BBB [Balintawak Beer Brewery] and San Miguel. It is capitalized at Y100,000,000 and produces 35,000 bottles daily.

We visited the huge boilers, refrigeration rooms, barrel and bottle cleaning machines and actually saw beer being bottled and packed for shipment. At the company’s beer hall, we were served beer to our hearts’ content. I only drank 4 or 5 glasses, and I felt a little tipsy and dizzy. We made a jolly party out of it, singing and dancing among ourselves. Some of our instructors (Japs) got more than tipsy and almost drunk.

Dropped in at Neo’s tonight with Quiambao.

July 17, 1944 (Monday)

Had exams in school. We were told to write in Nippongo the workings of a police outpost in Japan.

With Baroness Tōgō. After class this p.m. with Quiambao, visited Baroness Tōgō, wife of Baron Tōgō, member of the House of Peers, at her residence at Aoyama Minami-chō The baroness and her beautiful daughter-in-law entertained us so very hospitably. We enjoyed talking to them and listening to records of Hawaiian songs, some of which were composed by a son of the Baroness. Before leaving the place, the Baroness gave each of us beautiful Japanese fans as souvenirs. I hope
we visit her again.

At the Hospital. Dropped in at Daitōa Hospital tonight to visit Villarin, Nene Vargas and Johnny de Leon.

July 2, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass and communion at St. Sofia’s. Met the Sawadas in church and gave Toshiko-san a few Philippine stamps.

At 9:45 a.m., saw Mr. Yasuhiro Gō, a friend who is leaving tomorrow on an important mission. Since he had not much time to see Quiambao and me, we met him at Shinjuku and went around with him, talking all the way. He had to drop in at a friend’s place to “fix up” a marriage. Being a sort of a “go-between,” he had to secure a picture of the would-be bride for “examination” by the would-be groom before final “hitching-up” arrangements were made.

At Mrs. Takamine’s Home. At 6:00 p.m. we (Quiambao, Sison, David, Cruz and I) were guests of Mrs. Takamine and her two daughters Sadako-san and Yukiko-san at their beautiful mansion at Ōtsuka. We had a sumptuous dinner with meat, salad, cakes, etc. and specially appreciated the very enjoyable company of the Takamines. Mrs. Takamine speaks very fluent English, having been to America with her husband who is a famous scientist and professor at the Imperial University. After dinner we held an impromptu concert with the two daughters playing the piano.

June 18, 1944 (Sunday)

Went shopping at Shinjuku this morning with Peña and Quiambao and bought a few things to bring back to the P.I. These last few weeks we have been going shopping whenever there is a chance to do so in preparation for our return home. I have bought so many things already, ranging from Japanese dolls and books to powder and buttons and needles. So far I have spent more than Y200 on these things alone.

The air raid alarm was lifted at noon today, and the streets are again teeming with Tokyo’s millions who for two days stayed at home waiting for any emergency.

Tonight had my solo picture taken at a friend’s studio at Shinjuku.

Air Raid. As I write this (9:00 p.m.) the air raid alarm is being sounded. Another alert!

June 15, 1944 (Thursday)

The air-raid alarm is on (6:00 p.m.). Everyone is rushing home expecting an air-raid any moment. I hope they do not come tonight.

Fight. In the streetcar this p.m. Quiambao got into trouble with a Japanese. They came to blows, and I had to intervene. This is the first time I have seen a fight in a public place since I arrived in Japan about a year ago, and a Pinoy had to be in the thick of it!

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 a Filipino association of Japan, the Kapisanan ng mga Pilipino sa Nippon (Kapini) and draft a resolution pledging loyalty and support to President Laurel and “cooperation for the successful prosecution of the Great East Asia War.”

Charge d’Affaires Francisco Lavides presided over the affair assisted by Secretaries of the Embassy Leon Guerrero and Synchangco. Among those present were the Filipino pensionados now in Tokyo and Yokohama, Dr. Manalang (now temporarily in Tokyo), Radio Tokyo men such as Norman Reyes, Leony Manalang, Moises Bautista, B. Javier, Balais, Filipino boxers “Joe” Eagle, “Baby” Gustilo, “Baby” Valdez, etc. Leony Manalang and “Joe” Eagle brought their Japanese wives and kids along.

At the Nagasakis. After the affair at the Embassy, dropped in at the Nagasakis with Pena and Quiambao. Played pingpong.

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” to the occasion. We played games and enjoyed it truly. (The Japanese seemed to like the dinuguan and the adobo.)

The party broke up at 5:00, and from there I proceeded to the Nagasakis with Quiambao and Pena for a visit.

The “alert” given last night has not been lifted yet, and the city is in almost complete blackout. I wonder what is happening “somewhere.”

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 the dinner, we enjoyed playing parlor games. The party broke up at 10:00 p.m.