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One thing I have struggled with while uncovering my family’s complicated past is the lack of consistency in naming conventions before the digital age. In the Information Age, if you type in your name or ID with a single letter missing or out of place, your application gets rejected by whatever online program it is […]
It has been said that men write history but women live it. In my family, it’s also been the women who were the keepers of family history, the tellers of tales and stories. The saver of old photographs and documents. Which is why I have this photograph of four generations of women who brought four […]
Since I wrote about an ancestor on my father’s side (one of his side’s anyway) from the 1920s, I thought the next story to introduce should be from someone on my mother’s side, from roughly the same time period. But one generation later. And with a theme of religious intolerance. And possibly related to 19th […]
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Friday, my two daughters (aged 7 and 4) and I set off on a four-hour bullet train (Shinkansen) ride without my wife. She did see us off at the Shin-Osaka bullet train station, but since she had a week-long business … Continue reading
One aspect of bathrooms in Japan that surprised me at first was the water everywhere around the sink. I mean, everywhere. Not having a habit of waiting for people to wash their hands in public lavatories, I found it a … Continue reading
As I posted some time ago, we were fortunate that my oldest daughter was able to enter a city-approved nursery school. We were even more fortunate to have first choice on a new housing plot that wasn’t even technically on … Continue reading
Starting April 1st this year (the beginning of the school year in Japan), I went back to work and my daughter started her first year at a nearby private nursery school. Even prior to the official first day, we attended … Continue reading
My last post, about something now that seems totally innocuous, was on Friday, March 11th, at 10 or 11 in the morning. Japan time. We all know what happened just a few hours later.