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The Sun Dial

Minter Dial

It dawned on me (pun intended) only recently that my grandfather's nickname was "Sun." Considering how he spent the last three years of his life, a prisoner of the Japanese, I wonder to what extent he might have made the connection? Taken from Wikipedia: The Japanese name for Japan , 日本, can be pronounced either Nihon or Nippon.日 (nichi) means "sun" or "day"; 本 (hon) means "base" or "origin". The compound means "origin of the sun" or "where the sun rises" (from a Chinese point of view, the sun rises from Japan); it is a source for the popular Western description of Japan as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Maybe The Last Ring Home is another way for the Sun to rise?

Nathaniel Minter Dial USNA classof1932 Yearbook entry.jpg