Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve 大晦日

On New Year's Eve, I was working on my students' report cards.

At night, my maternal relatives got together and had a family dinner.

I appreciated that everyone could come together. In Japan, there are many families who could not do that. This would be the first New Year's Day for some families since they've lost their loved ones due to the earthquake and the tsunami. For them, it must be very different from the last year's. Some familiar faces are missing. It aches my heart to think about this fact.

When I prayed in front of my grandparents' altar last night, I thought of my ancestors who have passed down their lives to us despite of the wars, poverty, and illness. It boils my heart to think about this fact. I feel their love for offsprings in my blood and flesh.

Many things have happened in this year.

I lost people who were truly dear and near to me and experienced very painful separations. In that sense, it was a heart-wrenching year. However, they made me appreciate life even more...

I could have gone through this year because of you.
Please allow me to use this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your presence in my life.








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