A child of the Great Depression in Chicago, thrown out of our apartment because my father couldn't pay the rent, eight years in the U.S. Navy, a graduate of Northwestern University, married to a Japanese, two sons, both in America, one a stockbroker, the other a custom furniture designer. Came to Japan in 1961 and still here, writing and playing golf.
A writer by choice. Copywriter, advertising, books. Eight books published, currently working on A World Under Heaven, a world the Japanese believe was made by Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun Goddess. A third grade black belt player of Judo, my book Championship Judo was published in The United Kingdom and translated into Russian and later sold in the United States, Japan and China.
A writer of all dimensions open to any challenge. My own favorite is Take the Cash and Run, a story revealed to the Apostle Paul on the Last Great day of Salvation by a man who could never make up his mind.
Why Japan? Who knows? The longest journey in life is the search for true friendship. After traveling around most of the world in the U.S. Navy, I never came close to it. Then one day I met a Buddhist priest in Chicago and my search pointed to Japan. That was over fifty years ago and I am still here, writing among the trees of Old Yamato, a World Under Heaven created by Amaterasu Omikama, the Sun Goddess whose spirit graces the Japanese flag.
An American's love affair with the Land of the Rising Sun.