9.12.10

おじいさん


Ojiisan is Japanese for Grandfather.


I have never known the pleasure of having a grandfather.


Hiro's is a remarkable man. Over 90 years old, he speaks perfect and masterful English. This is a rarity for a fellow of his years, especially since he has never lived outside Japan.


In Ojiisan's progressed years, he tends to sleep a lot.


Ojiisan is the perpetual scholar. And thus, he surrounds himself with his books.

He sleeps among them. Old friends.


By his bed he keeps his tools. His red pens for his annotation habit. His scissors and adhesives for cutting and pasting.


He gave me a book. The book was published right after the war when in Ojiisan's word's "Tokyo was tremendously devastated". It is a prized possession of mine.

I like to read little segments of it here and there. I especially like reading Ojiisan's annotations that appear in a superbly neat hand within the margins.

Ojiisan is an authority on Japanese dragon flies and has appeared on many television documentaries, including one for the BBC.

Ojiisan has lived a noble life and his stories never fail to move me. Perhaps you would like to hear one some day?

21 comments:

  1. speaks perfect English yet never lived outside of japan.
    sounds like a remarkable man to me.

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  2. i love this post!! I love the pictures and i'd love hear some stories!

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  3. I love the pictures, and I would very much like to hear a story or two.

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  4. I'd love to hear some stories ^-^
    he sounds like a wise man. x

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  5. Please do share some stories...
    interesting pictures and that is one precious book...

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  6. I have been reading your blog for about two years now. I only regularly haunt a handful of blogs and yours is my favorite. Thank you!
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  7. wonderful post. Sounds like an amazing man. would love to hear the stories sometime

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  8. I definitely would love to hear some stories! He does sound like a remarkable and very interesting man indeed!

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  9. As you know, I do love me some stories...plus an authority on Japanese dragon flies?! What an interesting and beautiful soul he must have. Yes, please do share! :)

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  10. I would love to hear stories! This reminds me of my grandfather..he was one of my favorite people in the world. <3

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  11. You have some amazing in-laws. Bi-lingual even though he has always lived in Japan! Of course I'd like to hear some of his tales :). I wish my ojiisan had lived long enough to tell me stories... especially since I've been told that he was a drag racer in LA, haha.

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  12. He sounds like an amazing man! I wonder what his motivation was for learning English? You're very lucky to have him :)

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  13. He sounds like a great man with lots of interesting and inspirational stories. I want to hear some too :)
    He has a lovely cosy place! xxx

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  14. New design! Looks awesome.
    Great post too - Hiro's ojiisan sounds just like my ojiichan! Mine's gone now but seriously, his room looked JUST like that and he used to sit cross-legged on the floor underlining things, learning more and more kanji and sticking stuff into books with this old funny paste that came in tubes. He even kept his pens and things in old senbei tins too! That generation I guess, waste not, want not.

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  15. its really amazing to get connected with his kind of life thru your post. My grandpa wasnt able to share his stories with me, but guess thats what i missed!

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  16. Yes please lady! I love the intense enthusiasm of someone who in an expert in their field, and i love old stories. He sounds truly wonderful
    xxx

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  17. i've been a faithful subscriber for a while (forgive my not leaving a comment before) but i just HAD to in this post. it was extremely moving for me... as i did not get to know any of my grandfathers. i think there's something extremely noble in wisdom acquired with age. i'd love to read more about hiro-san's ojiisan!

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  18. definitely a remarkable man! *sits on the floor, half lotus style* may we hear a story or two?

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