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This is the second of the two human "national treasures" I met in Japan. As I previously explained, these people are renowned for their artistic or other achievements. I was told as a young man he had killed bears with just a lance. Hokkaido bears were known for their ferocity. When I met him I was also told he had a "ninth degree" in tea ceremony, and also played the flute. "National treasures" did not pay any form of income tax and were held in great respect, almost reverence, by the people of Japan, quite unlike the childish crap you see in the sorts of people who adulate the likes of Michael Jackson in America these days.

He was very gracious to me and allowed me to take several pictures and at this point I am quite uncertain how, or where I met him. I know he did come to visit me at my apartment in Tokyo, which makes no sense if I took this picture in Hokkaido as I have said above. Still my twisted memory says I took this picture in Hokkaido.

The Japanese guards who screened anybody entering the huge, American GI's only, apartment complex where I lived recognized him immediately and there was much bowing going on as "national treasures" didn't ordinarily visit American sergeants. All part of the great adventure of my six years [1959-1964] I spent in Japan, part in Misawa and the remainder near Tokyo.

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