Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 23]

Fuku-chan was the sweetest, gentlest Shiba dog. When we brought Okasan and Otosan to Tokyo, we asked the neighbors to temporarily take Fuku-chan until we could figure out what to do.

Even though she was with a good family, Fuku-chan was unhappy and we had to do something.

Before the new school year, Akira had just enough time to make a quick trip back to Hiroshima with Otosan. He wanted to check on the family house, file paperwork with the city regarding his parents’ move to Tokyo, and, most importantly, to pick up Fuku-chan.

Listen to the latest excerpt above to find out what happened to the sweet Shiba dog and what happened in Hiroshima to convince Akira that Otosan’s diagnosis was correct.

If you missed any of the previous excerpts, you can find the playlist here.

About the book:

A few years ago, we moved my husband’s parents from a rural part of Japan to live with us in Tokyo in our tiny 800 square foot (73 square-meter) condo. My book, Finding “Yoyu,” is about what it took to decide to move them. It’s also about navigating the Japanese health care system and finding an appropriate nursing home for my mother-in-law while helping my father-in-law transition from a lifetime of farming to retirement in the big city. It’s about how we discovered he had Alzheimer’s and my husband had stage 3 colon cancer. It’s about how I managed to support these two men and keep (or find!) my yoyu all while going through a career change.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Marci. When I'm not writing, building websites, or coaching clients, I love walking the streets of Japan and discovering spirit in all shapes and forms. Here on the blog, you'll also get a peek into what it is like to live with and care for my Japanese father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. Enjoy!


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