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14 Friday (Day lost in transit) Nov. 1.9 Honolulu to Tokyo [[strikethrough]]January[[/strikethrough]] 14 except for my heavily swollen feet & ankles - which I had more or less expected. I said goodbye to Mr. Marvin Kearns, a nice young man of 28 from Seattle, Wash & to Mr. Levin whose son of 24, Ira Levin has written "A Kiss Before Dying" & to Mr. M. Landau of the Eisenberg & Co - Korean Reconstruction Division ~ a friend of Hacoben. The rain was coming down heavily & it was a rather gray entry to Tokyo. I found however, a personable young man 'Amnon ben Jochanan' of the Israeli Legation waiting for me. He helped me through customs & had his car ready to drive me into the city. This half hour drive was visually exciting & stimulating in spite of the weather. All around one, the living art of Japanese calligraphy ~ trees and feeling for color. It gave me the feel of the city. I am glad I chose the Imperial Hotel [[strikethrough]] by Frank Lloyd Wright [[/strikethrough]] which is colorful, authentic & quite beautiful in Jap - decor. And not inexpensive. I am paying 10.00 daily for a room spacious but modest with bath on the main floor. 15 Arrival Tokyo Nov. 19 [[strikethrough]]January 15[[/strikethrough]] It is fairly noisy during the day ~ & being in the center of the city - one can hear the trains passing in the distance. Also, one can get lost in the long, winding corridors of the hotel & I need a boy to direct me to the room, each time. It is simply enormous. One sees a fashionable, cosmopolitan crowd. English, French & American types, while in the streets there is a fascinating mixture of the old & new. Men & women dressed in modern clothes and quite often ~ the typical Japanese kimono with babies strapped to the backs of the women - (All wearing either high rubber boots with the Kimono tucked in or sandals on three or four inch stilts, on which I think a western woman couldn't even stand - much less walk. What I saw of the city is fascinating. None of it torn down. Meanwhile, it is already 4 P.M. and Hacohen has called to invite me to a party given in his honor in the home of Ambassador
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