Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 9]

By the time the one-car train arrived at Bingo Ochiai Station at 7:00 pm, I was the only person left, and as usual, the station was deserted. Otosan was waiting in his car parked just outside the entrance. Akira’s brother had left Hiroshima earlier in the day, so it was just Otosan and me again.

Watch the video above to find out what was waiting for me in my room when I got to the house. (Hint: It has eight legs. If you are not into creepy crawly things, don’t listen to this excerpt!)

If you’ve been in my world for a while, then you’ve likely heard part of this story already. My encounter with Spider was originally published in 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments That Changed Everything by Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck.

Excerpt #9 above from Finding “Yoyu” puts the encounter in the timeline of my journey with Otosan.

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

Finally, if you want to see the the real spider I mentioned, check out this video. The resolution isn’t very good, but you can get the idea:

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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