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Posted: 18 August 2006 at 4:49am | IP Logged Quote johnno

Can anybody confirm whether or not Papa ever visted Japan?

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Hong Kong and many places in China but no Japan.

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Don't think he  ever  came to Japan.
I am living here in Japan
and the  only  recent  reference  to EH was
in Shimoda : Ernest House. I think it's a brothel,
no it's a hostel.


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Shimoda was what generated my question. I was there in 2005 with my son who, at that time, lived in Tokyo. But the place I am thinking of wasn't a brothel (and if it was I missed out!). It was a restaurant/bar/coffee house down by the beach. Very run-down but spent  a wonderful evening there, having a meal and drinking wine. We were out on the verandah. The floorboards were bare and the thatched roof leaked but the view if the ocean and the moonrise was spectacular. Still, I couldn't get the connection with Hemingway.

 

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"run down, wonderful evning, meal and wine."

I think something Bohemian, frugal, meaningful like this would
be associated  with  Hemingway out here in Japan.
Especially down in Shimoda which is more Westernized.


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Posted: 27 August 2006 at 5:30pm | IP Logged Quote Peter Krynicki

"In the late 40's, when Ernest was living on the outskirts of Havana, he often took his sons to a Chinese restaurant in town, called El Pacifico. The family would ascend five stories in an elevator that stopped at every floor, and they'd sit beneath an awning in the sprawling restaurant that overlooked downtown Havana. As they dined on shark fin soup and other Chinese delicacies, Hemingway regaled his sons with tales of the time he and his third wife, Martha Gelhorn, had visited China. According to his youngest son Gregory, Papa told them of eating monkey brain right out of the skull, and the impromtu execution he'd witnessed."

From Hemingway on the China Front - his WWII spy mission with Martha Gelhorn, by Peter Moreira. 

Think of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and that famous photo of the Vietnamese police officer executing the supposed Viet Cong.

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Posted: 27 August 2006 at 10:24pm | IP Logged Quote Hemster

Ernie's recollection of spending a night with three Chinese girls only to wake up and found that they had already left his bed is also a good story. 

I also live in Japan and think that EMH would have enjoyed himself here, especially if he visited before the war.

Brian

 

PS - looks like Ernesto is visiting Key West again!!

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