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Clothesline Profile – Miyuki in Tokyo

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.  ❤

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!)


3 responses »

  1. Even moving to Japan as young as 10, I remember being struck by the fact that the clothes “lines” were poles… the best is that the clothepins (plastic nowadays) have big loops on them – the poles just sit in a U-shaped bracket and you can easily lift them off and on – and you string the pins on the poles with the loops. They stay there all the time. One of my friends mom’s used to thread the pole through the sleeves of shirts so as not to get a pulled up mark from the clothespins… (my mom, love her as I do, worked full time and did so muahc laundry with the three of us she has to maximize space. She’d clip our shirts at the shoulders and then scrunch them closer together – we always looked like we had horns growing out of our shoulders when we first got dressed….)

  2. First of all… I agree… say what you will but Facebook has been a huge blessing to me.. I’ve reconnected with friends I haven’t seen/heard from in 35 years!… now my college friends from 30 years ago are getting together for girlfriend trips a couple of times a year.. this year’s trip was to Scotland where I fell in love with clotheslines!!… but I digress… really interesting that the Japanese use poles.. and the radiation?!? I hadn’t even thought about that… I pray for the people of Japan often… great post!

  3. Thank you for sharing your friend from Japan. What a worry radiation is for parents. I sent many dollars through paypal after the earthquake to Japan but now that it is no longer in the news we have forgotten that they are still living with the aftermath of all that radiation. God bless and keep them. Please ask your friend if there is anything we can do for her and her friends.


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