While I was staying in Tokyo, my mother and I visited the Japanese apricot garden in Suburban Tokyo. It was a warm and beautiful day in the middle of March, so we did not need coats any more. I remember this short trip is for the first time in 20 years for us!
Japanese people have fascinated by a sweet scent and innocent beauty of Japanese apricots, which has motivated them to choose the plant as the subject for poems and Noh performances since the old days.
Thankfully,my mother is very healthy for her age 92. She used to say that she would live by herself as long as she was mobile, but her surroundings had gradually been changing. Her husband, her son and his wife who lived with her passed away. Her close friends in her neighborhood also passed away or went to live in nursing homes. She was left alone, and began to afraid of darkness at night.Her younger daughter decided to live with her mother. Last autumn, mother left her house in Tokyo which she had lived for more than 50 years to live with her daughter's family one hour away from her house. She now goes to a daycare center for relatively healthy aged people every day except Sundays. My sister and I are happy to see she enjoys her life again with new friends there.
the apricot garden on the hill side
We slowly walked and walked, of course, without canes!
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She does not like to be taken photos so much though.
our coffee time
my mother 90, at her granddaughter's wedding in 2012
She attended her grandson's wedding ceremony in March. She liked to wear Japanese traditional garment, kimono in weddings as many old women do.However she gave up wearing kimono for the first time as it was getting hard to wear heavy kimono for her.
She likes this photo of her wearing kimono not formal gorgeous dress!
Dear friends, thank you for your visits.
Hope you have a beautiful new week!
Until Next Time!