The long and winding road … Part 5

by Paul on December 4, 2008

Continued from Part 4

After two glorious years in Paris, I found myself in Tokyo. In some ways, the cities couldn’t be more different. Because of Second World War bombing, most of Tokyo is fairly new and grossly tacky, but I came to love this city and for many years thought of it as my home town.

While I was in language school I lived out in the western suburbs and had to take a train and then a subway to get to the university. I never quite got over my amazement that, during rush hour, a 12-car train would pull into my station every 90 seconds. White-gloved railroad employees would cram us on board and we would be pinioned against each other from station to station.

Learning Japanese was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do and for about a year and a half I thought I was making little progress and then, suddenly, one day I found that I could understand all the announcements made on the trains and at the stations. I began to relax and enjoy myself.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of the long and winding road …

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Eileen August 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Is there more to the autobiography? I just finished Part 5 and don’t see 6,7 and 8.
Love “People for Others”!!!!


Eileen August 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I found the rest! Thanks for sharing your story. You area great writer and fun to read.


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