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Welcome to the Year of the Dog! Oh, I know, it's already February, but as the Dog is an animal that brings luck, we might as well embrace it for the remainder of the year.

The above picture, from Hans Brinckmann's family archive, dates back to the 1930s, and judging by its title, 和む, and the many dogs of different size and expression it portrays, it clearly symbolises the need to calm down and aim for peace and harmony among the world's divergent forces. Not a bad message for our disconnected world.

In Habri Diary this time you'll find some comments on the Winter Olympics in South Korea and the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Japan's close neighbour; and a brief history of the Japan-Netherlands Society since its founding in 1912, and of the Japan-Netherlands Society in Kansai, established in 1959, with the Panasonic founding president Konosuke Matsushita as its first president. In that context you may enjoy reading - for free - Hans's recently published essay about his hilarious encounter with Mr. Matsushita in 1967. See Attention! for how to access it.

On Wednesday, February 28, from 18:30, Hans will be giving a presentation with Power Point at the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo about "The Challenges of Dutch Life and Work in Post-War Japan," based on his experiences and memories after his arrival in Japan in 1950 as a young banking employee. The event is free and open to all, but advance registration is required, by February 23. See Attention! for details and how to apply.