The posting of this morning’s video is influenced by my readings about cultural icons from Japan that have influenced younger generations in the United States and throughout the world in the last few decades, including Professor Tsutsui’s collection of provocative articles, In Godzilla’s Footsteps. Please do not take offense.
Woke up before 4 am and read Richie’s Japanese Cinema and put a review in my readings. Dawn is officially about 10 minutes to 6 am. I am planning to walk toward the University of Hawai’i – into the hills – before breakfast.
I did walk into the hills by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, trying to get into the fog banks that hug the hills up there. On the way back, I went by the gates at Long’s Drugs. Returning to Tokai, I took a photo of a tray of breakfast.
The elevators were slow at around 8:30 am, so I was a few minutes late for our first class with Fujikawa Sensei (Linda Enga Fujikawa). Sensei approaches language learning from a human perspective – we learned greetings for the day and how to introduce ourselves, how to bow in greeting, and the characters for person and human – human requires interaction with others. Sensei did tell us about the tragic passing of her son six years ago from an accident while swimming; she has produced a book – Gen’s Book: A Guide to a Good Life – as a memorial to him. We look forward to our lessons with sensei.
Following Fujikawa Sensei’s session, Professor Bill Tsutsui returned for a discussion of the last few centuries of Japan’s political history, continuing the discussion into the afternoon. Following a focus on how the Meiji Restoration and international relations, the discussion turned to a Japanese perspective on events leading to World War II. Covering the political history of Japan before 1945 was a challenge well met by Dr. Tsutsui and provided us with a strong foundation for further learning about the context of Japanese culture, religious thought, and language.
After the session, William of Howard Community College English program, Maryland, organized a few of us to hike the Diamond Head crater. Our group included Lien Fan of University of Utah: Film/Media Arts program, Cara of Hiram College Biology program, and me. William instructed us to take the 3 bus passed a community college for the trail head for the hike. We walked into the crater via a tunnel in one of its walls, paid the $1 entrance fee, and followed the path, with some switchbacks and staircases, and an impressive quarter-mile tunnel to the commanding view of Diamond Head. The views from the peak were impressive, but more valuable was the time we had to get to know each other better.
The park closes at 6 pm and the gate-keeper was waiting for our group to leave. We caught the bus to Waikiki beach and wandered passed the international markets and impressive stores to Waikiki Ramen. The bowls of ramen were ample and the company was fine.
After dinner we walked by the beach after stopping at StarBucks for some to get coffee. We met a Honolulu Police officer who serves as a department liaision for Hawai’i 5-0; he is a retired police person from New York City and enjoys the program’s catering when they are producing the program. There is not a real Hawai’i 5-0 group but he does carry a photo of him with the two stars of the program.
We walked over the bridge across the canal and we then back at Tokai to end a busy day.
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