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: 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’s in Osaka, Japan

Late Showa: Big Sister

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’s in Osaka, Japan

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’s in Osaka, Japan

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