Roll Tide. 波が圧延しよう!

For more than 6 months this has been a Japan-oriented blog (with a little venture into India and China, here and there).  Tonight I draw (a little bit) outside the lines (see the Japan tie-in just below) and say, “Roll Tide, Roll!”

I should note that many, many Japanese grads of Chiba-dai, Kansai Gaidai (me, ’84), Nanzan Dai and other Japan-base colleges have attended The University of Alabama.  That JVC (Nihon Victor) has a manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, that Honda has a plant in Lincoln/Talladega, Alabama, that Toyota has a plant in Huntsville, Alabama and that Sony is in Dothan.

Alabama Rolls over Florida, 32-13, to win the Southeast Conference Championship and go to the National Title Game in Pasadena, California.


From summer of ’84, a present given to me by a group of Chiba University students with whom I whiled away 6 weeks on the UA campus.  A week after they gave me this flag I was on a plane to Japan, my first overseas trip, to begin my Exchange Student Experience at Kansai Gaidai (a university between Osaka and Kyoto).

Going home gift from Chiba U students. Summer '84.

I got together with these same students, my friends, for a night in Los Angeles (they were spending a week in California on their way back to Japan, I arranged a one-night layover) and, then, a couple of months later I traveled up to Chiba University (just north or Tokyo) to hang out with them for a weekend on their home turf.  Several of them remain dear friends who I see from time-to-time when I’m in Japan, or when they are on business in the U.S.  All brought together through distance and over time via the University of Alabama.


    • Lois
    • December 6th, 2009

    Heard “Roll Tide” two times up here — once walking down Robson Street in Vancouver as I was wearing a red UofA shirt and the second on the north shore of Lake Superior and saw Alabama plates in the parking lot.
    The world is small.

      • letsjapan
      • December 6th, 2009

      And, two weeks ago, when I was a guest speaker for a UA Materials & Sources class (interior design class, I spoke on the “sustainability” and “green” movement in design, architecture, building materials, etc. in Asia) I asked one of the young women where she was from (she had answered a question-posed in a most un-Alabama-sounding accent): “Vancouver”, she said. So, I went off on the beauties and wonders of Vancouver and BC for several minutes – it was an easy thing to do.

      As comedian Steven Wright says, “It’s a small world. But I wouldn’t want to paint it.”

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