chapter  32
The Reactions of Two Young Language Students in the 1950s
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At first we shared a Japanese-style house with some Western-style rooms in Isarago in Shinagawa ward which was some way from the Embassy compound. The house had a charming small garden and was in an area which had been spared the worst of the bombing. Nearby was Sengakuji with the tombs of the famous forty-seven Ronin. There were other houses with gardens and we even saw wild pheasants living unmolested in the area. We had two maids and a cook. Furniture and crockery were provided. So we were very well, indeed luxuriously, established. We were without cars, but soon learned to find our way round Tokyo on the trams and by other means.