Early in the month of September, 1945, a small band of American soldiers on a reconnaissance mission through the central mountain region of Honshu, main island of Japan, arrived in Karuizawa. How they happened upon this tiny remote village remains a mystery, except as it turned out, Karuizawa offered the only habitable accommodation for miles in any direction.
By the time of the cessation of hostilities, due to unrelenting bombing attacks, almost every close-by city and town stood in pathetic ruins. Here they found a motley colony of ragged, half-starved westerners from almost every type of background, thrown together, huddled in drafty, uncomfortable shelters away from cities now ravaged by war. Priests, nuns, diplomats, displaced businessmen, stranded sailors, Jewish refugees, White Russians, Europeans and Middle Easterners, including of course, the author’s own family, one of the few Armenians finding themselves caught in Japan at the commencement of hostilities of World War II. The informal, easy-going, friendly manner of the Americans soon captivated everyone. Thus the occupation of a defeated nation commenced, and for the author’s family and her, at least, changed their lives forever.
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