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Letters from the Compassionate Pugilist

Eiji Yoshikawa is a retired Pro Boxer who majored in French literature and did his thesis on Jean Cocteau and Cinematography. He founded the "Peacemakers", Japan's first neighborhood watch, and spends much of his time visiting schools and communities teaching children about non-violence. In 2004, Japan Inc. Magazine called him the "Compassionate Pugilist". We are proud to offer "Letters from the Compassionate Pugilist" as our first guest columnist. Contact Eiji at www.eiji.tv or via email.

Eli Wallach and Me
Actor Eli Wallach passed away at the age of 98 on June 24th, 2014. Eiji Yoshikawa shares his personal experience with Mr. Wallach here. (Click on images to see larger versions.)
Eli Wallach’s first movie role was playing a Sicilian immigrant in Elia Kazan’s 1956 award-winning film, Baby Doll. more
A Head Cold and Hot Tea: Healing the Rift Between Japan and China A Head Cold and Hot Tea: Healing the Rift Between Japan and China
The other two ladies helped her make a big bowl of completely black tea. They brought it to my table. It was a large portion and was very hot. I drank it all up and felt better already. more
Looking for My Family in the Earthquake
This is a quick note that I wrote about what happened on March 11, 2011 at about 2:30PM in Japan. I wrote it on March 12, 2011 as I arrived home.
From Wednesday this week, my family booked a “weekend+ stay” in a hotel in Shinagawa, in midtown Tokyo. I went to schools to give lectures on peace making, met with my friends and did other activities in Tokyo. It was far more than horrible. Earthquakes every five minutes. Tsunami warnings following every shake. more
Not Human Not Human
There was a very tall American standing right in front of them... On the train, her mother - the preacher's wife - said to twelve-year-old Hiroko, "Don't look at him! Put your face down!" She communicated this not with words, but by sending a signal that Americans were demons and devils. After a few moments, the soldier took out a bag filled with candies from his military rucksack, and put the entire bag in little Hiroko's hand-made cloth pouch. more
My First VCR My First VCR
I was 14 years old when I saw the advertisement in a movie magazine for “The first VCR for homes”. Back then, the thing I hated the most was studying. The second most dreadful thing was school. And the third was teachers. Although I played all day long and never studied, I had a private tutor. My tutor was the movies. more
Reggie Jackson and Muhammad Ali
When I was living in New York City, and Reggie Jackson was in town, I would go to Yankee Stadium a couple of hours before the game got started so that I could get to see how he warmed up on the field. more
Anne Frank
I regularly visit Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam. I have been to other places where she used to live while her family was hiding from the Nazis. For instance, Aachen/Aken, a southern city in Germany, is a pretty little town where Anne’s mother Edith was born. They lived there for a while, right before crossing the border into Holland. more
A Japanese Family Learns First Hand about Nazi Atrocities
~ a photo essay about truth at the Dachau Concentration Camp ~
I decided to take my whole family, including our two-year-old boy, to the world of “light and shadow”. On September 19, 2008, we all took the local train to Dachau, outside of Munich, Germany, after flying for twelve hours over the Siberian sky. more
The Kid from Tokyo Learns that Everyone Seeks for Happiness
~ across the country and back on Ameripass, and home to Tokyo ~
Before leaving the US, I decided to cross the country by Greyhound Bus. They had just created a special ticket called “Ameripass” which cost me only $12 per day to ride the bus as much as I wanted. more
Adele from Lugano, the Town of My Heart; Miami Steve Van Zandt; and the Victorious Hearts of Marathon Runners
~ The End of Summer in New York in 1983 ~
As I saw the lonely backs of those runners that kept walking after the race, I think I saw the reason why I flew all the way to New York, just to be alone and to figure out how I could put a period on my career as a fighter. more



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