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..

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July 27, 1944 (Thursday)

Visited Miss Yuriko Gō at her home with Quiambao. She showed us her bonseki [tray-landscape] paintings and demonstrated to us how to do it. It is done with fine colored sand and stone on a black lacquer board. Mountain, seashore and country scenes come out very well in this type of painting.

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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..

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