Traveling the world seven times

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I traveled around the world seven times. The reason I was able to do that was because there was a time at first when we had propeller planes, then came the turbo props, and then the jet planes. When the jet planes came we could go from New York to Tokyo directly non-stop. All the others had to stop on the west coast, Hawai`i, Midway, Japan and so forth. When Pan American offered a ten percent discount for world global travel, I took advantage of that and went around the world with them seven times. Distance wise, as I recall, Tokyo to New York is a difference is fourteen hours. The other way would be twenty-four hours. Rather than going to Japan and back which is forty-eight hours, going around you can do it in twenty-four. And so I took advantage of that and went around the world seven times and stopped of course at different locations on the way. And primarily my purpose of going to around the world was to visit our Tokyo office. That was my main purpose. And after that I would return either the other way around or back to New York.

Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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