They came, they saw, they democratized

Apr 28, 2002

They came, they saw, they democratized

“Bataan,” the C-54 transport carrying Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers (SCAP), landed at Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, at 2:05 p.m. on Aug. 30. The general, wearing sunglasses and puffing on a corncob pipe, struck a dramatic pose near the top of ...

Mar 17, 2002

Twelve heavenly stories of wonder

On a visit to Yokohama’s “Theater Street” (Isezakicho) in the early 1890s, Henry Finck, the music critic of the New York Evening Post from 1881-1924, watched “the wonders of electric light, telephone, [and] phonograph . . . [demonstrated] to gaping natives.” A face in ...

Mar 17, 2002

Yokohoma vs. Kobe: bright lights, big beacons

Yokohama and Kobe have much in common. Busy ports, both have swanky shopping streets named Motomachi, Chinatowns, Western-style houses on the hill and monument-dotted former foreign settlements. Tweedledum and Tweedledee? Some think so. However, comparisons between the cities seldom include their tallest yardsticks, their ...

Jan 20, 2002

When something Western this way came

Like a Yankee daimyo, on Nov. 23, 1857, Townsend Harris made a progress to Edo (now Tokyo) from his residence in Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula. Proceeded by an American flag made of Japanese crepe, Harris, on horseback, was escorted by a guard of ...