Sunday, November 25, 2012

October 30 - 31, 1953 The View from the Mountain Top, Shopping in Osaka and Halloween on Missionary Row

Diary Entry:  Oct. 30, 1953

"Teruko-san's day off so I was busy all day.  After naps we walked into the mountains.  Took a few pictures.  Can see all over country & water too from mountain top."

Diary Entry:  Oct. 31, 1953

"Left early for Osaka.  Found a good double blanket.  Walked down Shinibashi and window shopped.  B was supposed to go to a lecture by Mr. Jelliffe at Kobe College but didn't get back in time.  Teruko-san had pressed Halloween costumes.  After supper children dressed up, went to Brays for beginning of trick or treat party.  Had cocoa and tiny pumpkin pies with candy & nuts.  Children went together down the street to all the houses.  Collected lots of loot.  Maids enjoyed seeing the children.  Have crocuses blooming in our yard."

Bob and Ann in borrowed costumes, Oct. 31, 1953

An obvious favorite

Books from the trip to Osaka, Oct. 31, 1953


  1. Awww, it doesn't get much cuter than you two in your darling 1950s Halloween costumes. I love the fact that even while overseas, your family made sure to keep on celebrating the usual North American holidays. I did the same thing when I was living in Ireland - right down to having a little Canada Day feast for the two of us (Tony and I) each year on July 1st.

    Wishing you a serenely lovely Sunday, dear Ann,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Hi Jessica! It's wonderful to hear from you! I was excited to find that slide of the borrowed costumes and it occurs to me that they are probably the only ones we ever wore that were purchased by someone. We always threw together whatever we had to be ghosts, witches, hobos, etc. and frankly, I prefer the homemade variety any time! As usual, I'm enjoying your fun seasonal posts and terrific images.

  3. I love the much loved Circus Day in Japan book. The illustrations really are charming aren't they?

  4. They really are wonderful. I had to resist posting the entire book.


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