The Kewpie Brigade

For reasons I don’t want to go into now, I found myself at the Self Defense Forces Central Hospital today. It was surreal.

Sitting in the window of the second floor cafeteria over a bowl of curry rice, I watched men and women wearing camouflage uniforms and army boots come and go. Looking at their faces, I felt a fundamental human connection: these people who go on peace keeping missions all around the world also get sick, just like me or anyone else. It was a humbling realization.

Then  I went into the hospital shop and found this:

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Who but the Japanese would dress a Kewpie doll in combat fatigues and send him crawling into battle on a cell phone strap?

And who but me would bring him home and pose him with a squirrel and a couple of cacti?

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