Very honored to receive the Scottish Samurai Shogun Award!
A high honor to be listed on the Scottish Samurai Wall of Fame, under many luminaries for the Samurai Shogun Award.
Deep appreciation to all of the people in my life who made this possible, and especially to Ronnie Watt, who carries on this tradition as an example for us all.
Thomas Glover is the man who influenced Japanese history to such a degree that he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan. His achievements in that Award spanned 22 pages, and though some may have forgotten the details, evidence of his work is everywhere in modern Japan.
Known as the Scottish Samurai, Thomas Glover was the original inspiration for the Scottish Samurai Awards.
He led a fascinating life, which is well worth remembering today. Some of my favorites:
The Last Explorers: Thomas Glover, BBC Scotland
The Scot who Shaped Japan, Japan Times
Tribute to Sir Thomas Blake Glover of Nagasaki.
I am a believer in Serendipity and Synchronicity, because I experience them nearly every day, and sometimes with clockwork precision!
Last night I stayed at the I-House, which has a wonderful library of books on Japanese culture, history, economy, you name it!
Their library rivals any collection I have ever seen, including perhaps that of many universities. I am so enthralled with it that I decided to become a member of the I-House library, something which cannot be done without an introduction and interview.
This I managed, but what struck me is that literally 5 seconds within walking through their door, my eyes found sharp focus on a book called Scottish Samurai! The book is a biography of Thomas Glover, the first and most eminent Scottish Samurai!
Having just received the honor of the Scottish Samurai Shogun Award, it was with amazing Synchronicity that here was this book, literally displayed as if to have been waiting for me, and calling out to me as soon as I was in range.
I could not resist. I immediately applied to become a member of the I-House Library, was accepted after gaining an introduction from a member who is a close friend, and passing their interview, all with nearly lightning speed.
With my newfound membership, I immediately checked out the book which found me as much as I found it, and I am looking forward to finding ever more Synchronicity inside it's pages!
And check it out! The I-House was established in 1952, the year I was born. A home away from home.
Life is good!