August 1, 1945 Wednesday

Today has been declared a legal holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of Pres. Quezon. This is a very fitting tribute, Pres. Quezon will pass in history as the greatest man we have ever produced. Correctly, he can be called the father of the Philippines. He it was who was able to insure the independence..

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October 2, 1944 (Monday)

Waking up early at 5:00 this morning, we started to get ready for our flight home. All dressed up, I weighed 73 kilos (i.e., 13 kilos over the normal); my handbag and portfolio weighed about 13 kilos and my main baggage 23 kilos. I carried, therefore, 59 kilos in total, instead of the limited 15..

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October 1, 1944 (Sunday)

Still in the train on the way to Fukuoka. Missed mass and communion. Our train has been delayed 3 hours, and we nearly passed Hiroshima City unnoticed. Here Abubakar and Santos gave us castañas [chestnuts], and we took their letters and packages for home. Hakata Station. Reached this station at 3:00 p.m., and the car and..

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September 29, 1944 (Friday)

Lunch at the Daitōa Ministry at Daitōa Kaikan. Received lacquer cigarette set as gift. Despedida Visits. Said goodbye to the Masudas, Maruyamas, Nagasakis, Fr. Hoebbels and Sawadas; saw friends at Neo Studio. Despedida Dinner at the Embassy. A sumptuous dinner and a nice chat under the moonlit sky of Tokyo in autumn in the quiet..

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September 28,1944 (Thursday)

Despedidas. Dropped in at the Takamines to attend a despedida lunch. Tonight attended a small but very enjoyable party at the Gōs, Yuriko wore evening dress, and there was whisky and champagne. Received beautiful hankies as gift. Stayed till almost midnight, caught the last car and arrived at the dormitory at 1:30 a.m. Packed till..

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August 2, 1944 (Wednesday)

General Cleaning. Today is “general cleaning day” in all Tokyo. Cleaned my room, shined my shoes, and washed my clothes the whole morning. After a short nap, went shopping at Ginza. Bought Jazmin Perfume and combs. Death of President Quezon. Read of his death in a Japanese newspaper. This is very sad news indeed. May..

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August 1, 1944 (Tuesday)

Woke up this morning early for our trip to Kamakura, exactly one hour from Tokyo Station. Hachimangū Shrine. A police officer in plainclothes from the Kamakura Police Station was our guide for sight-seeing. The Hachimangū Shrine is a historic place of worship, and, like the one at Nagano, there are sacred doves here, too. The..

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