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Sadaharu Oh—Shame on you!

Sadaharu Oh—Shame on you!

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., Japan, People

This little story is about two people mainly—Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, and American baseball legend Ted Williams. It is a story I often tell to my Japanese friends when they ask me if I like Japanese baseball. My answer is always: “Not anymore,” My story… and Oh When I first came to Japan in

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, People

  Helen Keller interests me. She really does.   Helen died in 1968, and forty years later, she is still almost as famous and admired now as she was then. There is no doubting that Helen was truly great. And thinking about the handicaps she had to overcome, and what she was able to accomplish,

Photographing Japan: Felice Beato and Larry Knipfing

Photographing Japan: Felice Beato and Larry Knipfing

By Larry Knipfing | General, Japan, People, Photography

Felice Beato Felice Beato was the first foreign visitor to Japan to capture her images on film. He lived here from 1863 to 1884. A recent exhibition of his works at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Ebisu featured his Japan work as well as pieces from China, India, and Burma. You have probably

Kevin James, Where Art Thou?

Kevin James, Where Art Thou?

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, People, Writing

Where is Kevin James when you need him? Seriously. Kevin’s grandfather and my grandfather were brothers. Kevin and I are both Knipfings. My short story The Jan-Ken Junkie, and my short story Koshien Heroes would be perfect vehicles for Kev to strut his stuff with and to showcase his acting talents. In fact, they have