LtE in CMO #258

From Jeffrey D BEISH

@. . . . . . . Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 19:48:41 -0500

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: <>

Subject: Visiting Japan


Dear Masatsugu,

My wife and I will be flying to Japan on March 13, 2002 and arrive there March 14. My wife and I will be staying with our son, who is a U.S. Naval Officer stationed at Atsugi NAS just southeast of Tokyo. We plan to be there until April 1, 2002. We have not seen our three grandchildren, our son and his wife in two years and it will be a joyous trip.

We plan to visit some places where I remember Japan. I was stationed at Ashiya Air Force Base, Japan for two months in 1959 and then at Naha Air Base, Okinawa for two years (December 1960 - July 1962). I will visit the Kodokan Judo Institute while there since I was at the grand opening in 1959. Also, I attained shodan rank in 1960 at the Kodokan. I was an active Judoka since the age of 12 (1952) and will enjoy seeing the once place again.


I hope to contact you or other astronomers while we are there. I have corresponded with several Japanese astronomers in Japan and Okinawa for many years and have met a few. It would be an honor to meet with astronomers of Japan once again.


If you will send me a telephone number to call you or someone else while we are in Japan please do. I will send our son's work telephone number when he sends it to me.


@. . . . . . . Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 09:38:05 -0500

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: <>

Subject: Re: RE:Visiting Japan


My son tells me we will visit both Tokyo and Yokohama, so I will keep you informed by using his E-mail or my Yahoo address: We will not be visiting Okinawa; however, it would be a nice trip because it has been over 40 years since I was last there. I loved Okinawa when I lived there. The weather was great and the sky clear and steady as I remember so long ago. I can understand that much has changed on Okinawa. It must be very crowded now. The people were very nice and friendly in my days there.


Your situation is similar to mine. I retired from the U.S. Naval Observatory in June 2001 and am 62 years old. So, we are of the same generation.


We will be busy with my son and his family so I will try to meet with you during the days you suggest. They have big plans for us, but I attempted to tell him we are not as young as he may think and our visits and touring will have to be moderated. I will call you, if possible, on March 15 or 16 and hope we can communicate well. I have not spoken Japanese in many years and my accent is no doubt awful. In my younger days I was fluent in reading, writing and speaking Japanese. The years have taken that away. So, I hope I can remember a little and keep my grammar and protocol in place. As I remember people in Japan appreciated Americans at least attempting to speak Japanese and I was proud of the fat I did so well.

Thank you for the advice on he weather in Tokyo. We plan to bring some warm cloths along. I hate to pack too many clothes because of the situation herein the airports. They seem to be more interested in inspecting old people than catching terrorists. I do understand that because they never hire competent people for airport inspectors.

Hope to see you in a few weeks, if my son will let me do something I want to do.


@. . . . . . . Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 17:48:12 -0500

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: "Masatsugu Minami" <>

Subject: Re: How about 24 March?(#4 from Minami)



I would not get far speaking Japanese since it has been over 40 years since I lived there and really made a mess of my language skills by living in Germany and was fluent in that language as well. It seems I have lost the ability to understand both languages. I am not sure I speak English very well. I can not remember how to pronounce "Mars" in Japanese!!!


I will ask my son what his plans are for us. Sunday 24 March may be a great time. Please let me ask my son first. A Chinese restaurant will be fine. I was hoping to get some O-Soba as well. My son tells me he goes to a Chinese restaurant in Yokohama, maybe it is the same. At any rate he will get us there and I shall introduce him and his family to you and others -- if that is okay to bring them as well.


Speaking of restaurants I was eating in a Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, California with Don Parker, Leonard Martin (Lowell Observatory), and Joe Liu (former Director of the Hong Kong Science Center) and we were practicing speaking Japanese together when a Mexican waiter came up and asked what we were speaking. Joe told him he was Chinese and I was German, so we were speaking Japanese to each other! The waiter looked puzzled and ignored us. We had fun.


I have not presented a lecture on Mars in nearly ten years. Maybe I can introduce everyone to the Great 2003 Perihelic Apparition and the study my friend at the U.S. Naval Observatory and I did to find the dates when Mars was close to Earth relative to 2003. It is not so interesting to us astronomers, but some people are fascinated with it. I will not have room to bring slides, but will make copies of the graphic plots of the 2003 apparition and the 100,000 years search we made to find when Mars was close to Earth.


Don't worry about finding Judoka for me -- I retired from practice years ago. I never liked Tomoe-nage, my best was Seoi Otoshi and then Uchimata. I won the 1961 U.S. Air Force 140-pound championship with those techniques. My sensei who was the International Instructor of the Kodokan, Professor KOTANI Sumiuki. He was the last Judan (10th dan) to live. It is enough to have practiced Judo once and now be an astronomer.


I will send your e-mail to my son so he can make Las to get me to meet with you and others.


@. . . . . . . Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 12:20:15 -0500

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: "Masatsugu Minami" <>

Subject: Re: #5 from Mn (Temperature)


Thanks for the info on the weather. I have no slides for a Mars talk. I will give a short briefing on the 2003 apparition and the study a friend and I did for Jack Horkheimer in Miami, Florida. He wanted to know when Mars was as close to Earth as it will be in 2003 and we found that the last time was 57,000 years ago! I know it has been almost as close, but Jack's TV audience will never know the difference.


My son suggested we all meet at TGI Friday's in Yokohama. He asked if you know the location? Also, please excuse my accent in advance. When I was young I could pronounce and speak Japanese quite well. However, after 42 years I forgot a lot. Our language highlights syllables differently than Japanese and I will try to speak in the accent I remember. To pronounce your name "Masatsugu" will be difficult.


My best friend in 1960 was a Nisei (Japanese-America) named "YAMASHITA Masato. So, I can at least call you "Mas" :)


@. . . . . . . Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 12:06:40 -0500

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: <>

Subject: Re: How about 24 March?


Masatsugu, in case you need to contact me I will be at my son's home at telephone number is 6160-xx-xxxx. His name is Don Beish.


@. . . . . . . Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 21:21:48 -0800 (PST)

From: Jeff Beish <>


Subject: Re: #8 from Mas


Dear Masatsugu,

The flight was long. We had to land in Denver, Colorado for three hours because an old man died and the emergency people had to take him away.


Yes, we will meet you at TGI Friday's at 1 o'clock on 24 March. I am very pleased to finally meet with you and the great Mars observers of Japan. My family are excited as well.


I hope that my talk on Mars will be received as informal because I have no present ion material, such as slides, etc., but remember much of what I need to say. I think an informal talk with discussions will be great. I know you and others feel the same and I do about Mars. It is a difficult object to study and that is probably why we do study Mars. I am nearly 62 years old so we have much in common I am sure.


So, I have practiced speaking Japanese but no one seems to understand me. I know for Americans to attempt to speak Japanese is well received here in Japan. I hope I do not offend anyone by not speaking with proper skill.


We will meet you soon and look forward to the meeting. I will call you soon.


@. . . . . . . Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 18:49:39 -0800 (PST)

From: Jeff Beish <>


Subject: Re: FW:Re: #8 from Mas


Masatsugu-San, I could not read this last e-mail (#8).

Could you please resend it.


We are enjoying Japan. I went to visit the Kodokan Judo Institute for the first time in 40 years. Many memories. Then I attended Judo class with my son! I am too old for that.

Take care and we will see you soon.

--- Masatsugu MINAMI <> wrote:






> Beish、オ、ホク貊メツゥ、ホサリト熙ヌ、ケ。」シ隍・゙、ョ、ェテホ、鬢サ、゙、ヌ。」

> 鉗。ケニワシn

Jeff BEISH (Lake Placid, FL, USA )

ALPO Mars Section, ALPO Computing Section

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