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Chapter 12: Romantic Interlude in Japan

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Chapter 12:
Romantic Interlude in Japan
(1888)

Rizal was enchanted by the natural beauty of Japan and the well-mannered people
Tokyo
Juan Perez Caballero
- Secretary of the Spanish Legation
- Visited Rizal at his hotel and invited him to live at the Spanish Legation.

- Rizal accepted the invitation because...
1. He could economize his living expenses by staying at the legation
2. He had nothing to hide from the prying eyes of the Spanish authorities
" a young, fine, and excellent writer" and "an able diplomat who had traveled much."
- Rizal did not know the Japanese language
- In Tokyo, very few spoke English but in Yokohama many speak it.
- Rizal decided to study the Japanese language and was able to speak it within a few days
"Tokyo is more expensive than Paris. The walls are built in cyclopean manner. The streets are large and wide."
Rizal and the Tokyo Musicians
- approached a park while promenading the streets of Tokyo
- Heard a Tokyo band playing classical music and was impressed
- He thought, "How admirable was the rendition. I wonder how these Japanese people have assimilated the modern European music to the extent of playing the beautiful musical masterpieces of the great European composers so well!"
- It turns out the musicians were Filipinos and the principal instruments in the band were Japanese, but they were only playing only the secondary instruments.
Rizal's Impression of Japan
- Rizal was not a tourist enjoying attractive sights that appealed to the senses.

- The beauty of the country -- its flowers, mountains, streams and scenic panoramas
2. The cleanliness, politeness, and industry of the Japanese people
3. The picturesque dress and simple charm of the Japanese women
4. There were very few thieves in Japan so that the houses remained open day and night and in the hotel room one could safely leave money on the table
5. Beggars were rarely seen in the city streets, unlike in Manila and other citites.
the one thing Rizal was not in favor of was the popular mode of transportation by means of rickshaws drawn by men
Romance with O-Sei-San
One spring afternoon, a few days after he had moved to the Spanish Legation, Rizal saw a pretty Japanese girl walking past the Legation gate
Rizal was attracted by her regal loveliness and charm
He wanted to meet her - but how?
Rizal learned from a Japanese gardener that she was Seiko Usui and she used to pass by the legation during her daily afternoon walk.
The following afternoon, Rizal and the Japanese gardener waited at the legation gate and watched for the girl.
With his entry in his own diary, Rizal bade farewell to lovely O-Sei-San.
Sayonara, Japan
On April 13, 1888, Rizal boarded the 'Belgic' bound for the United States.
He would never again see his beautiful "Land of the Cherry Blossoms" and his beloved O-Sei-San.
His sojourn in Japan was one of the happiest interludes in his life.
O-Sei-San After Rizal's Departure
Rizal had to carry on his mission in Europe, leaving behind the lovely O-Sei-San
A year after Rizal's execution, she married Mr. Alfred Charlton
He later died and Mrs. Charlton lived in a comfortable home in Shinjuko district, Tokyo.
She died on May 1, 1947 at the age of 80 and was buried in her husband's tomb at Zoshigawa Cemetery.
She survived World War II, but her home was destroyed in 1944 by the U.S. bombing of Tokyo.
Voyage Across the Pacific
Tetcho Suehiro
a fighting Japanese journalist, novelist, and champion of human rights
was forced by the Japanese government to leave the country , just as Rizal was compelled to leave the Philippines by the Spanish authorities
Tetcho came to admire Rizal, whose patriotism and magnificent talents greatly fascinated him and influenced him to fortify his own crusade for human rights in his own country.
Shortly after his return to Japan, Tetcho published his travel diary which contained his impression of Rizal
he then entered into politics and was elected as member of the lower house of the First Imperial Diet (Japanese parliament), where he carried on his fight for human rights.
The following year, he published a political novel titled 'Nankai-no-Daiharan' (Storm Over the South Sea) which resembles Rizal's 'Noli Me Tangere' in plot.
He then published another novel entitled 'O-unabara' (The Big Ocean) which was similar to 'El Filibusterismo'
Tetcho died of heart attack in Tokyo in February , 1896 (ten months before Rizal's execution). He was then 49 years old.
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