So, today is a special profile for me. When I was in high school in tiny town Kansas, we had a foreign exchange student from Japan. Miyuki and I became good friends in the year that she was there and stayed in touch for several years… All in the era before the internet, so it was slow old fashioned letters.
I’ve always thought about her since, wishing that I could reconnect with my friend, but having no idea where to find her at. Enter Facebook. Think what you will about it, Facebook has brought a lot of folks together that would have had a very difficult time finding each other otherwise. Miyuki and I reconnected this way and have emailed a few times back and forth since.
She now works as a journalist reporting on the political news of the Japanese government in Tokyo. She is married now and has a little boy who is a bit younger than my Rosie. (Her’s in the boy on the left, the boy on the right is a friend’s boy.)
Below is what she told me in a couple of emails… Her and her family are all OK from the earthquake, though even in Tokyo there have been side affects with the radiation.
I am ever so glad that Miyuki once came to live in Kansas and that I got to know her back then. I’m even more grateful that I was able to reconnect with her this year and that her family is all OK from the nightmare earlier this year.
Thank you Miyuki for being my friend and for sending me the picture and great information. <3
Japanese are basicly dry laundries outside. We love smell of sun and solar power seems stronger to clean up things. But now that clothelines hanging
out of apartments in big cities like Tokyo …maybe not looking good, old fasioned or for working mothers like me don’t have enough time to do so!
Anyway because of the radiation trouble, I quit to dry outside. Some of my friends are doing same. But my colleague’s wife who have two teenage
daughters living in Yokohama (basicly normal radiation level) do line dry outside. So it depends!
Here is a clothline (it is really poles) at my Grandma’s house in the Utsunomiya country side.
We use poles and pinch to hung laundry because we also hung bed mattress(futon) because of humidity.
About the picture on the left is the house about 190 years old made by woods and on the right is car park.
I started to use clothlines at my apartment again. radiation level got lower now.
But couldn’t take good pictures (our balcony is so small!)