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Comments24/07/2016 #23 Phil Friedman#22 @Dean Owen - I think it is a mistake to generalize. (That is not a pun, BTW) Eisenhower was to my mind a great U.S. president, in part because he knew and warned of the growing danger being posed by the military-industrial complex (of special interests). Colin Powell might have made a solid president, if he had a better grounding in constitutional history. William Westmoreland was an apparatchik. And many of the "great generals" in the U.S. (which is what I know best), like MacArthur, Patton, and Schwarzkopf probably had egos too big to make them good presidents. I think military brass have a place at the highest levels of decision making, but that the U.S. is founded on the concept of civilian rule. Unfortunately, we've allowed out political system to be bought by moneyed and foreign interests.24/07/2016 #21 Phil Friedman@ @Dean Owen and John Valledor - Please do not misunderstand. First, I said in the modern world. And second I am talking primarily about rulers (politicians and other doyens of government, not the warriors who carry out their orders. I understand fully that not all generals are from the Armchair Brigade.24/07/2016 #20 John ValledorGentlemen, in today's Army we don't have arm chair generals. In 2014, I served in Afghanistan with Major General Harold Greene (US Army two-star general). He was a remarkable leader. Sadly, he was killed by an Afghan soldier while performing his mission. Past wars aside, today's conflicts are far different-everyone fights and death does not discriminate by rank.24/07/2016 #18 Dean Owen#15 @John Valledor, your comment should be a buzz in itself. The waterbottle story is absolutely priceless. Our perception of the American soldier, right or wrong, is largely from Hollywood's portrayal in movies like Casualties of War. I suspect "Generation Kill" was a pretty accurate portrayal, but you would clearly know first hand. Respect.24/07/2016 #17 Dean Owen#13 Indeed @Phil Friedman, as illustrated by the armchair generals of WW1. This was actually not the case with the Kamikaze, when in fact the Admirals and Commanders often led the squadrons to their death. Call it Samurai spirit, I think perhaps they were obsessed with devotion to a divine Emperor. It is perhaps rare to see Kings or Queens on the battlefield these days. It does happen, but is usually staged. But throughout history there have been a huge number of monarchs/emperors killed in battle.23/07/2016 #15 John ValledorDean, I truly enjoyed reading your article. As a combat veteran it resonated. I thank you for adding the comment about how American sailors buried kamikaze pilots with honors. Reminded me of my first taste of combat--Desert Storm. As a young captain in the 101st Airborne Division and hours into our air assault into Southern Iraq on the first day of the ground war, I was sent by helicopter to capture and round up roving bands of demoralized Iraqi soldiers we previously bombed mercilessly. I recall approaching several Iraqi soldiers in the open desert, capturing them and to their great surprise I handed them bottles of water. I will never forget the look in one soldier's eyes, when he saw me reach back over him he expected to be shot dead by me, deep fear was in his eyes. To his surprise it was a bottle of water, not a gun, that I pulled out and handed to him. You see, not all American soldiers are blood thirsty killers.23/07/2016 #14 Phil FriedmanIn the modern world, wars are waged by old men who rarely, if ever take to the battlefield themselves. If politicians and high government officials were required to lead troops into battle, there would be far fewer, if any wars. This post by @Dean Owen View moreIn the modern world, wars are waged by old men who rarely, if ever take to the battlefield themselves. If politicians and high government officials were required to lead troops into battle, there would be far fewer, if any wars. This post by @Dean Owen is a must read, for it is rich with history and a keen sense of humanity. Close23/07/2016 #13 Phil FriedmanIn the modern world, wars are waged by old men who rarely, if ever take to the battlefield themselves. If politicians and high government officials were required to lead troops into battle, there would be far fewer, if any wars. Very nice piece, @Dean Owen View moreIn the modern world, wars are waged by old men who rarely, if ever take to the battlefield themselves. If politicians and high government officials were required to lead troops into battle, there would be far fewer, if any wars. Very nice piece, @Dean Owen, rich with history and humanity. Close23/07/2016 #8 Dean Owen#5 Thanks Pamela. I am sure there are parallels to be drawn if you dig deep enough. I have no idea where to start really. My intention was not to glorify these horrific acts, but more to highlight that these were typical college kids much like the ones I went to university with.23/07/2016 #7 Dean Owen#4 Thanks Michael. I do have a book waiting to be written, and incredible story that needs to be told, and in a way these are dress rehearsals, but the book will have to wait as it is politically sensitive and may well get me evicted from my current country of residence.23/07/2016 #5 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsDean, what a wonderful depiction of a time when honor and loyalty were the code by which many of the world lived. To me that is how the situation differs from todays events. The kamikaze pilots followed through because to not do so would not only bring dishonor upon themselves but their families. The suicide bombings today are not the same; they do not result from a sense of honor but feelings of hate and the belief of what awaits them in the afterlife. They are selfish acts that kill innocent people. In my eyes, the two situations cannot be compared.23/07/2016 #4 Michael HillebrandVery good post @Dean Owen. I really like the way you write, and tell stories. Sitting down for coffee with you, hitting record on a voice recorder, and just having you tell stories, would make an incredible book.. Just jump around through all of your various stories, personal memories, etc.. Should look into doing that sometime, and find something like Blurb.com (or something) and make something for your daughters..23/07/2016 #2 Dean Owen#1 Thanks Ken-san. I think it is an interesting topic. These were well educated kids from Japan's best universities, hungry for life but bound by duty and victims of scaremongering propaganda. But it is incredible to see a special relationship develop between two enemies, Japan and America, in such a short time frame. The Japanese are grateful for American assistance in rebuilding after the war. Lesson learnt by a grateful nation and taught by the greatest nation.
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- Producer22/06/2016Pachinko - Uniquely Japanese Take a walk near any major train station in Tokyo and you’ll likely stumble upon a colourful façade with flashing signs and a million tiny lightbulbs. As you approach, the sliding doors open and the noise hits you like a ton of bricks. This is...
Comments02/07/2016 #3 Loribeth PiersonSounds like fun @Dean Owen, we had a small Pachinko machine growing up, it was a blast to play. We could play for hours but no money involved. Lol to young at the time. I think a room full of them would give me a big headache, but it might be worth it once. Thanks for sharing part of your journey.
- Producer19/05/2016Sushi SecretsWhen people think of Japanese food, Sushi is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Much of Sushi’s worldwide popularity can be attributed to people like my mother who, back in the Swinging Sixties, opened the first Japanese restaurant in...
Comments22/06/2016 #21 Sinclair Owen@Dean Owen what a great read, thank you for your precious insight into the world of Sushi. Sushi has become very popular here in Portugal recently with an explosion of restaurants offering all manner of Sushi, mostly buffet style or you order from a menu and they bring you all you can eat for a fixed price. Many are actually converted Chinese restaurants run by Chinese patrons who probably discovered that by serving Japanese food they could be more successful! Some are actually very good but none offer the service or attention to detail you describe. As far as I know there are only a few Japanese restaurants here in Portugal that would offer the experience you describe, one of my favourites and probably the oldest was called Aya but sadly it closed down. I believe that one of the best now is called Tomo, the chef used to work at Aya and also the Japanese embassy. Next time I am in Lisbon I will go there and follow you great advice, savour the experience and even try the Kamayaki you recommended!20/05/2016 #20 Dean OwenOnly once. The bath right? Yes, when I was very young I went to stay at an old house in Shizuoka and they had one. I had the bath, and then let the water out only to get scolded by the grandmother - That was their bathwater for the whole week. I do love the modern baths that can heat the water while you are in the bath.20/05/2016 #19 Louise SmithHi Dean @Dean Owen, I don't think of myself as a Japaholic. When I was studying at uni the first time as a young adult, I met some Japanese exchange students. It was my first contact with a Japanese person, food and culture. We became friends and they invited me to visit them. So I did! Then later on I studied Japanese my second time at Uni and needed a job at the end so became a Japanese teacher. As since the first time at uni, I've always had Japanese friends, I've just kept in touch and visited them. I have had many experiences in Japan that even Japanese nationals have not. Have you ever seem or had Goemonburu?19/05/2016 #18 Dean Owen#16 Do give it a go @Christopher Taylor. And you can vary it up on the temaki sushi. The best temaki are Negi Toro (fatty tuna with Japanese chives), Anakkyuu (Eel with cucumber), and Umekkyuu the one I mentioned. Only Japanese chefs will know the last two. Thanks for stopping by!19/05/2016 #13 Louise Smith#4 Hi @Dean Owen, Yes I did guess that. So a Japanese childhood ? I have been to Japan 9 times. I lived there for 3 months and then 1 year at different times. I love Japanese food and learnt to adapt Australian ingredients long before Japanese ones were available here!19/05/2016 #12 Dean Owen#10 Sure @Jennifer. You can usually find both types of paste in any international supermarket, usually sold in square plastic tubs. The white miso paste usually has a large percentage of rice, and the red has other grains like soybeans. The resulting taste is very different with the white miso slightly sweeter and the red slightly salty and with umami (Japan's 5th taste in addition to sweet, sour, salty, bitter). Many Japanese mix the two. White works well with fatty port, radish etc, and red works well with clams, maitake or bunashimeji mushrooms.19/05/2016 #5 Jennifer MartinMy favorite apart from a typicall sushi, customized for american I guess, is the miso soup although sometimes in some places I found it too salty. I think that these tips are incredibly insightful and helpful. Thank you @Dean Owen View moreMy favorite apart from a typicall sushi, customized for american I guess, is the miso soup although sometimes in some places I found it too salty. I think that these tips are incredibly insightful and helpful. Thank you @Dean Owen. The part of saying Omakase Shimasu is the best! Close