The longest journey in life is the search for true friendship. After traveling around most of the world in the U.S. Navy and on my own, I never succeeded in coming close to it. Then one day I met a Buddhist priest in Chicago and my search pointed to Japan. All my friends called me a fool, but I ignored them and a month later I looked up from the deck of the Masashima maru, a cargo ship that brought me to Yokohama and gazed at Mt. Fuji rising up to heaven. That was over fifty years ago and I am still here, writing this among the trees of Old Yamato, a World Under Heaven created by Amaterasu Omikama, the Sun Goddess whose spirit graces the Japanese flag. With patience, hope and desire you can open the door to Japan's World Under Heaven and taste the sweet juice of true friendship.