There are some days I find a great deal on Social media in general and Facebook in particular, inspirational, entertaining, and reminiscent of another period in time. Such was the case this morning.
The first thing I read today was a post about the nutritional value of cabbage, so stopped and cooked some cabbage and cornbread.
The next thing I read was a post by Terri Kellum Chase, telling about her trip to Commerce and eating pimento sandwiches at Commerce Drug Store. Prompting me to recall the many times I ate pimento cheese sandwiches at that drugstore as a teenager. Couldn’t believe they still served those wonderful pimento cheese sandwiches. Now I want to go back there just to have one again.
The third thing I read was a post by my Hawaiian friend Sandra Toliver. She has an interesting facebook page, with lots of information about nutritional foods and herbs in Hawaii, one can order and Sandra ships some of them. Today she posted a word, “Elysian” pronounced el-ee-shan, a word of beauty meaning Divinely inspired, Perfect.
A Japanese word I’m quite familiar with and quite meaningful to me. My story goes back several years ago when I lived in Japan four years.
There was a type of concert nightclub facility in Tokyo, I frequented many times. It was a club of three floors and at the open end was a large elevator, which floated up and down, with an orchestra, playing beautiful music.The band leader played the violin, and everytime I went there and he saw me in the audience, he played “Fascination.”
I would usually go with a group of friends. We would get all dressed up to visit this place, named “Elysian” to listen to the beautiful music, and a sort of standing joke the orchestra leader would always play Fascination when he saw me in the audience, a young Japanese man dressed up in his tuxedo playing a violin.
When I was preparing to leave Tokyo, my friends planned several parties. One was a party by my Oriental college student partners, I played Bridge with many times at Tokyo press club. One of the students had a father who owned a jewelry store, and they got together and had the father make a silver key pin with pearls and presented it as the key to Tokyo at my going away party.
Another group of military friends planned a going away party, and asked me if there was anything in particular I would like.
I told them I’d like to have the orchestra violin playing leader come and play. I had never spoken to him, however he came and presented me with a record of his music, I still have. It has the song, “Fascination” on it. He was a very sweet talented musician, who spoke very little English. But the highlight of my going away party to have him there and a present of his autographed record.
Seeing the word, Elysian, for the first time in print, posted by Sandra Toliva, was a very pleasant surprise, and brought back many pleasant memories of times I enjoyed living in Tokyo. There are many beautiful words of expression in the Japanese language. I loved the Japanese people, and overcame many preconceived notions about them, prior to living there.
Overall they are a very loving, family oriented people, extremely creative and hardworking. While living there I had so many things handmade by the Japanese, including furniture and silverware. I visited the silversmith who made MacArthur’s and President Nixon’s silver. Still have the sterling candelabra handmade there.
While living there, a number of adversities like being robbed, wrecked and flooded, overall a positive experience in many ways. And I recall my many visits to the music hall with very fond memories.
I find it quite interesting, living in this era of the internet, with posts popping up occasionally, which bring back vivid memories of the past, not the least of which, is the notice about pimento sandwiches, and the Oriental word, Elysian.
Thanks to Terri and Sandra for the reminders they posted.
LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC