The Word Among Us

October 2021 Issue

Such a Beautiful Smile!

The Legacy of Mary of Ant Town

By: Elizabeth Scalia

Such a Beautiful Smile!: The Legacy of Mary of Ant Town by Elizabeth Scalia

According to the Japanese concept of courtesy, smiles are essential. A smile says, “I’m all right; you’re all right. It’s all good.” A smile is an innately powerful means of influencing things for the better, be it a moment, a gathering, a room full of strangers, or someone we have known all our lives.

Though the war was over, Japan in the late 1940s was a place of few smiles and not a lot of peace. “The eyelids of a samurai know not...


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