Middle of Showa: Mother and Son

Middle of Showa: Mother and Son

This is a photo of my grandmother and my uncle. My uncle lives with down syndrome.Down syndrome is a congenital syndrome that causes both physical and intellectual growth delays. When my uncle was born, people still didn’t know about the syndrome that much.For example, an extra chromosome was found on the 21st chromosome in 1959. “Your son might die before 20.”After the doctor told about this cureless syndrome, my grandparents prayed for their son every single day. Now my uncle is over 50 years old.I have never been shamed at having a disability person in my family.Although, it would be hypocritical of me to say that a person with Down…

Late Showa: "Omiya-mairi"

Late Showa: “Omiya-mairi”

This photo was taken for my brother’s “Omiya-mairi”. “Omiya-mairi (the baby’s first visit to shrine)” is a Japanese tradition to take a 1 month-old baby to a shrine for his/her life of wellness.My sister took her baby to the same shrine in 2016. It is quite common to visit a shrine for a good luck such no matter what religion you believe in.(In fact, as a family group, we believe in Buddhism and pray for the ancestors.) 1980’sOsaka, Japan 日本語Français

Late Showa: Big Sister

I have a sister who is 4 years older than me.When I was little, I always wanted to be like her.She was smarter and stronger in so many ways.I started taking the same piano lessons like her.I practiced sports so hard.I studied a lot at school.Because I always wanted to be equal to her. Now we are adults, two different people.I stil feel that we are close but far at the same time. 1980’sOsaka, Japan 日本語Français

Late Showa: Bento

Late Showa: Bento

This photo was taken at the sport day event of my sister’s.My mother prepared us bento boxes for my sister, my brother and me when we had a sport event at school. Not only a sport event but she made us bento every single day until we graduated from high school. We got to know that my mother was not a housewife, but till then, we took it for granted that she made every meal for us.We can’t be thankful enough for her to be such a good mother. 1980’sOsaka, Japan 日本語Français

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