Seventy-two years ago today, 1941 December 7th (U.S. time), the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
And tomorrow, 2013 December 8th, will be the thirty-third anniversary of John Lennon’s murder.
Also, the iconic Nelson Mendela died at the age of 95 the day before yesterday (2013 December 5th).
Yesterday was the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America.
I like Thanksgiving. And I like my daughters to know about their U.S. heritage.
So, lucky for me, my wife is an excellent cook!
She makes a wonderful, American-style Thanksgiving dinner for us every year!
In honor of the holiday, everyone should watch one of the greatest comedy movies ever … 「 大災難P.T.A. 」(“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”) !
It’s a man’s crazy adventure to get home to his family for Thanksgiving.
Have you ever watched this movie before?
In Japan, a number of fast-food restaurants, including Burger King, have beer and other alcohol drinks on their menu.
And now, Starbucks Japan, at least at one location so far, have begun selling alcohol too.
A Starbucks in the trendy 下北沢 (Shimokitazawa) area of Tokyo have added beer and wine to their menu.
Another way that they are trying to separate from the usual Starbucks coffeeshop image is that the staff at that particular store will wear their own street clothes rather than the Starbucks uniform.
Eric Carr, the former drummer for KISS, died twenty-two years ago today.
Here’s Eric Carr with KISS at the Budokan in Tokyo in 1988:
In Japan, November 22nd is popularly known as “Nice Couple Day“.
Says “Nov 22nd. ‘Nice Couple Day’”
This is because 11/22 (November 22nd) can be read “ii-fuu-fu” by using a type of play-on-words that is popular in Japan.
This is a play-on-words because 「いい夫婦」 is also read “ii-fuu-fu” and it means “nice couple” in Japanese.
Many couples have a date or special dinner on this day.
Maybe I’ll take my wife to a restaurant for dinner tonight.♪
It’s November 22nd (2013). Former U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated fifty years ago today.
JFK, 1917 May 29th – 1963 Nov 22nd, RIP
(His daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has recently become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, by the way. Click here to read my post about that.)
I was born in November 1969. Six years after the JFK assassination. My parents were junior high school students back then…so, of course, they remember that day well.
Since I hadn’t been born yet, I obviously have no memory of that event in history.
The earliest historical event that I can remember is the U.S. bi-centennial in July 1976. I was only six years old, so I didn’t really understand it…but I seem to remember it somewhat.
The earliest historical event that I can remember clearly and that I understood was was the U.S. diplomats in the U.S. embassy in Iran being taken hostage in 1979. There were yellow ribbons tied to trees, car radio antennas, etc all over America.
How about you?
Do you remember the JFK assassination? What are your memories?
What other historical events do you remember?
On November 12th (2013), it was confirmed that the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan is to be Caroline Kennedy.
She is the daughter of the late former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Caroline Kennedy as a small child with her father, John F. (“JFK”) Kennedy.
She and her family will move into the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo tomorrow…one week before the 50th anniversary of the 1963 November 22nd assassination of her father, JFK.
Caroline Kennedy and her husband are reportedly very fond of Japan…they spent their honeymoon in 1986 in Kyoto, Japan.