Sunday, April 17, 2011
I have a lot of happy memories, but due to recent events in Japan I've been thinking back to my trip there in high school and remembering my happiest memories there. This happy memory involves food. It's not really about the food though, it's about the care and love I received from a mom from the other side of the world. By the time I got to my second home-stay's house for my second week in Japan I was exhausted. We had been in Hitachi city until 8am, took the train to Tokyo, took a bus to Tokyo Disney land and stayed there for 8 hours, took a bus to the airport (where I got stopped and had my luggage completely dumped out because I couldn't communicate that the metal containers I had were maple syrup for a gift), flew to sapporo and driven 2 more hours to Kitahiroshima. I had also gotten a bit of heat stroke from not being very conscious of the heat at Tokyo Disneyland (it was April and I'm from Canada 27 degrees doesn't happen here at that time!). So on the first night there I fell asleep immediately and the next day when I woke up I felt like crap. Well my home-stay mother stepped in and took care of me and even though she didn't speak any English she told me to call her Japanese Mama. She was the sweetest lady and all week she would look up phrases at night after I had went to bed to say to me in English the next day. I haven't seen her in 7 years as of this month, and haven't been in very good communication with her daughter in quite a while which is quite sad. The picture to go along with this memory is just an example of the care and attention a complete strange put in to cheer up my day.
Both she and the mother from my other home-stay, put the most care into making every moment of my trip special. So I guess today my happiest memory is the care and love that people I had never met before showed me. I have heard from the girl that I stayed with who lived closer to where the earthquake hit and right on the coast. I am happy to say her family is doing well with only some minor damage to the roof of their home.
Japan was the most beautiful country and I hope to someday be back there. The people there were the friendliest I can remember. I will never forget the love I was shown there and I will cherish my memories with my two Japanese mothers!