Memories

Memories: Photos from Showa period + Short Stories

I found a lot of pictures and negative films from the storerooms at my parents’ and my grandparents’ homes. Some of them were fixed in albums, but they were put in boxes in a careless way. One of the oldest was a family photo in monochrome, taken when my grandmother was in girls’ school. That was the first time for me to see the face of my great grandparents. Pictures of my grandfather and my father with their colleagues. Baby photos of me and my siblings. And a few of my grandmother’s brother who died during the wartime. Some got names and dates on the reverse side. When I showed…

Late Showa: Like a young couple

Late Showa: Like a young couple

They are my maternal great grandparents, Sakuma & Sono. It wasn’t common for them to take a photo together, so they were being shy like a young couple. Sakuma used to work for the Japanese navy. Sono had a university degree as a teacher, which was quite rare at that time in Japan (or maybe other countries, too). I haven’t met both of them, but I sometimes wonder how interesting stories they could’ve told me. I also feel connected to Sono when I see a few photos of her since I was supposed to be born on her birthday. 1960’s in Osaka, Japan

Middle of Showa: Wedding in Japan

Middle of Showa: Wedding in Japan

This was taken at the wedding of my grandparents Yoshikazu and Sayoko. “San-san-kudo” is a Japanese wedding ritual to exchange and drink a cup of sake in three times. It was the first marriage for Yoshikazu but the second time for Sayoko. Sayoko even had two children, so both families didn’t agree with them at first. As far as I remember, they were happily together. 3rd February 1955 in Osaka, Japan

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