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Month: May 2014

Kicking the habit

(Nice nuns from the film “The Sound of Music”)

I suppose there are some teachers out there who realize that, in the throes of their venomous behavior, there might be a student or two who might grow up to write about them.  I do not think this occurred to Miss C,  who was my grammar and junior high school instructor.

Oriental Hollywood, or WOW…”47 Ronin” really sucks!

I have always loved the story of the 47 Ronin, or Chushingura.  We were told of it somewhere in our Japanese school lives, a classic heroes tale in which a vassal of loyal warriors to one particular Lord sought to avenge his wrongful death.  It is a story of honor triumphing over corruption, also highlighting a team spirit that is so important to Japanese culture.