The Boss meets the Emperor

26 Mar

First of all, today (2013 March 26) is the fifth anniversary of my blog.

I wrote the first post on 2008 March 26.

As of today, my blog has gotten about 1,600,000 hits … that averages to about 895 hits per day over the five years – – but that’s not really accurate because my blog averages 1000 hits a day now, but less than 50 a day when I first started it in 2008.

Thanks to all my site’s visitors … especially you! Please leave a comment!

Anyways, I found out about a new movie about post-WW2 Japan titled “Emperor” starring Tommy Lee Jones as U.S. Army General Douglas McArthur.


Do you know who Gen. McArthur was?

He is very well-known in Japan.

General McArthur was in charge of the U.S. military  during the war against Japan … and also during the occupation of Japan after the war ended.

Japanese people respect McArthur because he respected the Japanese people.

Tommy Lee Jones is also respected in Japan.
He is known to everyone here as the “face” of Suntory’s Boss Coffee.


  In the Boss Coffee TV commerials, Tommy Lee Jones acts and sounds like a Japanese man.
He’s an excellent actor.

Have you seen the movie “Emperor” ?

18 Responses to “The Boss meets the Emperor”

  1. inthewrongboots April 11, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Yes we did visit other places in Japan–Hokkaido, Izy, Kyoto, Takayama, Kyoto and surrounding areas, Hiroshima, to name a few.

    I can’t speak or read Japanese (shame, shame!!) but my husband does…

    My oldest was born in the Philippines but grew up there in Tokyo until 3 1/2


    • tokyo5 April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Did you see the snow festival in Hokkaido?

      Did you live in the Philippines too?


  2. inthewrongboots April 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Oops accidentally posted my previous comment. But anyway I lived there from 1995-2001. Thanks for visiting my blog a few days ago. I want to write more but kids and their activities keep me very busy;) and proof reading it is a luxury.
    Will ready yours from time to time.


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      >I lived there from 1995-2001.

      Did you live in Tokyo for six years? Were you teaching English?

      >kids…keep me very busy

      I know about that!
      How old are your kids?

      >Will ready yours from time to time.

      Thank you. And please comment often.


      • inthewrongboots April 9, 2013 at 3:59 am #

        Yes we lived in Tokyo the whole time. And no, we weren’t teaching English. My husband worked for an American company that was bought by Anritsu. So he was the American liason over there. My kids are now 14 and 8. I’m trying to write most of my memories in Tokyo but I am having a hard time finding the time and proofreading what I wrote is usually done DAYS or even weeks after everyone had already read it haha! I will follow your blog.


      • tokyo5 April 9, 2013 at 7:26 am #

        >we lived in Tokyo

        Did you visit other cities around Japan?

        Can you speak / read Japanese well?

        >My kids are now 14 and 8.

        Was you oldest born in Japan?

        >I will follow your blog.

        Thank you. And please comment often.


  3. inthewrongboots April 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Yes I just saw the Emperor. I thought it could’ve been better, if it was filmed with bigger budget.


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      It seems that no one is happy with this movie. I’m disappointed.


  4. Musings March 28, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Happy Anniversary, Bob! Our blogs are the same age. 🙂

    My mother has been wanting to see Emperor, but it hasn’t gotten very good reviews. The thought is that Tommy Lee Jones was miscast for the part. I know my mother really respected McArthur.


    • tokyo5 March 28, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      >Our blogs are the same age.

      Yes, I remember that you started yours in early 2008 too.

      >Emperor… hasn’t gotten very good reviews.

      That movie hasn’t come to Japan yet. I guess I’ll wait to see it on DVD rental then.


      • alice March 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

        Way to go! Always ever ready to answer readers’ questions. Appreciate it.


      • tokyo5 March 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

        Yes, I appreciate every comment…so I reply to them all.


  5. tadaimatte March 27, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    Congratulations! I really like your blog; here’s hoping you keep it going many years more!


    • tokyo5 March 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you!
      Please visit and leave comments on my blog often!


  6. Earnest Mercer March 27, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Gen. McArthur was (technically) my “boss” when I arrived in Japan for the first time. He did indeed treat the Japanese populace with respect and helped them recover from the ravages of war. I too like Tommy Lee Jones and respect his acting ability. The photo you show of his image on a billboard reminds me of the famous (now dead) Japanese actor, Susumu-san (don’t remember is other name). Because my name Mercer was so difficult for the Japanese to pronounce, I (half fecetiously) took the name of Susumu.


    • tokyo5 March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Did you ever see Gen. McArthur while you were in Japan?

      Did many people call you by the Japanese boys name Susumu?


  7. svensays March 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Keep up the good work!


    • tokyo5 March 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      And thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog often.


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