June 10, 1973 Sunday

  [illegible] PM June 10, 1973 Sunday Malacañan Palace Manila Returned from Talaga Bay at 6:00 PM. Rested up to 9:00 AM from 5:00 PM. Then water skied up to 2:00 PM. On the way back to Manila passed by Mariveles. Pilao (the low portion of the hills of Cochinos Point is a protection from..

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4th July 1945

Winter had lingered too long in the neat little ricefields; its cold poison had stunted the growth of the rice-buds, shivering in huddled discouragement along the brown dikes, the poetic clumps of pine, the rude wayside temples to the fox. The crop had never looked too good; there was only a handful of fertilizer left..

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18th April 1945

The Mainichi today carries more "last words" from suicide pilots: "Although the expression ‘shichisho hokoku’ (firm resolve to serve the nation by being born seven times) is popular nowadays, it does not apply to us. We have only one chance to strike." — Flight Chief Warrant Officer T. "Oh, but Nippon is a beautiful country!"..

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1st April 1945

Shopping idly in the luxury curio shops in Miyanoshita I was surprised to see that all the silver and tortoise-shell cigarette cases were gone. I wondered who could possibly have bought them at the fantastic prices set for them (plus an 80 per cent luxury tax). The shop-keeper explained that rich Japanese, who did not..

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21st March 1945

The Times today carried two remarkable stories, both hand-outs of the military press corps. The first comes from Yiojima. "With the fighting on Yiojima reaching a state of ever-increasing bitterness," it states, "Unit Commander Masuo Ikeda decided to ‘win by dying’. His determination was carried through completely to each of his men. So many volunteered..

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20th March 1945

The train to Odawara was crowded with refugees and so was the neat little tourist tram to Miyanoshita. One young evacuee girl was making friends with the conductor; I overheard him thanking her for some gift or other and offering to help her load more of her baggage on the next trip. There was also..

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26th January 1945

Today I heard an amusing and pointed story about two of the Filipino cadets in the local military academy, boys chosen after rigid and meticulous tests that probed not only their technical qualifications but also their friendliness toward Japan. It seems that these two got into a quarrel. They argued heatedly, exchanging insults that gradually..

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18th — 20th January 1945

Four Japanese Catholic nuns called. They had a small cake baked for us by their Mother Superior. The icing represented the Philippine and Japanese flags. One of the nuns apologized because they had been compelled to make the cake without sugar, butter, or baking powder. Another, who had been in the Philippines, wistfully rehearsed her..

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