Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 5]
We used to visit Hiroshima 2-3 times a year. Once at the beginning of May for a string of national holidays coined Golden Week. Then again, in the middle of August for Obon, a time when ancestors are called back and honored. And a final visit at New Year’s when everyone in the family gathered to enjoy traditional foods, and a visit to the shrine.
I always had mixed feelings about going to Hiroshima. I loved it there and craved the green. I was raised in the western part of Washington State, where evergreen forests and snow-capped mountains are taken for granted.
Arriving at the Kobayashi home surrounded by the Hiba mountains and the smell of the cedar trees always made me feel like my soul had found its way home. Getting there, however, was grueling!
Listen to Excerpt #5 above and find out what made me stay for a few weeks with my very capable in-laws.
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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!