This Christmas we will be having a guest who works here in Florida as a Safety Engineer at Universal Studios. She is Japanese and a friend and business acquaintance of our son. We are happy that she will be a part of our Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Who would have believed that Japan, after being such an enemy with the attack on our troops and ships at Pearl Harbor would rebuild and become a world power with our help? Who would believe that the next generations would be our friends?
Several years ago, I was invited to Japan as an American educator from Florida by the Japanese government. The first meeting that the Americans had with a Japanese diplomat surprisingly was a speech of apology for the war. We were given a warm welcome to stay in the country, visit schools and have home stays with a Japanese family. It was the country’s way of thanking Americans, after so many years, for helping rebuild the country after World War II. It was a wonderful experience to be emersed in the Japanese culture.
Today is December 7th when we remember Pearl Harbor and the price that was paid by so many in this attack…resulting in the thousands who died in battles with the Japanese and Germans. Many ended up in prison camps after the United States Congress voted to enter the war. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan ended the war, but the horrors were profound.
The rebuilding process began and today Japan is a wonderful place to visit. My husband and I went to Mt. Fuji during autumn and enjoyed the beautiful Japanese maples. We hope to visit Washington, D.C. when the Japanese cherry blossoms are in bloom. While we were in Japan, we went to the Memorial of the USS Arizona. To know that the sailors who perished there are still entombed in their sunken ship was an emotional experience.
Recently I found a video that was interesting as it gave some of the details of the attack on Pearl Harbor of which some may not be aware.
Video (Turn up sound)