• Hospital, Chiba Japan
    On Dec 4th I was suddenly thrust into a world with hardly any Internet access and no English news--five months in a  curtained-off section of a Japanese hospital ward bed with no visitors, not even my wife or family (hospital covid precautions).  I won't go into all of the details of my sudden five-month hospitalization, at least not now, but I will try to write about some of the events ...
  • Daily Store Advetures
    Did you ever have one of those day-dreaming days--one of those days where you’re thinking but not really thinking?  Well here are a couple of them that I had:About a three-minute walk from my house in Nagareyama, Japan there used to be a convenience store called “Daily Store.”  I thought it was aptly named because I went there almost every day (our refrigerator was small).  One day-...
  • One Kudasai, Please
    It was 1972 and my first time to Japan.  It was kind of a homestay (another story) in a suburban country town about an hour out of Tokyo.  This story begins at a neighborhood Mom & Pop restaurant on the third day of my two-week visit:Silence filled the eatery as I clackety-clacked the wooden door open.  The eyes of the few people in the small shop, unfocused on me as I walked in...
  • Japan Mis-slipper
    After about two hours of train travel, including transferring trains, we arrived at Kyoko’s country house outside of Tokyo.*  At the house entranceway (genkan), I took off my flip-flop footwear the same as I would do when entering a Hawaiian home.  I stepped up into a small room and Kyoko set a pair of slippers in front of my bare feet.  I hadn't heard anything about wearing slipper...
  • Viewing is not Always Seeing
    Now is nearing the time for cherry blossoms to bloom here in Japan.  My thoughts travel back to 1975 and my first Japanese spring.  This is my story:My only class of the day, a morning English Conversation Class, had just finished and I was about to go home when my Japanese boss approached.  After some initial greetings, he continued in his almost perfect English, "Ueno Park, Tokyo....


Robert Red-Baer

1950-Went to Tinton Falls Elementary School, N.J.
1962-Went to Monmouth Regional HS, N.J.
1964-Graduated US Army NCO Acadamy, Germany
1971-Graduated University of Hawaii with honors
1973-Red Heart Follies (Hawaii)
1975-Japan Prime Minister's Award (Video), among many
1985-Professor Edogawa University, Chiba Japan
2010-Retired in Japan