So I got a call, at work, from my hubby informing mw that his father had died suddenly, in Japan.
Messages from my sister-in-law, followed .
We scrambled around for a few hours and hubby bought his ticket to Japan. A few days later my children had to stay at home and be home schooled due to the Prime Minister ordering a restrictive rule for the population to practice social distancing.
The first two weeks of hubby being away, I was like a mad woman as I tried to get th kids (16 &13) to do more in the house.
My 16 year old has to be tweaked abit, but my 13 year old (GAWD and still is GAWD)
Like alot of parents, there is/was no way that I could help teenagers do their school work as my 16 year old is doing A Levels that I didn’t do and my 13 year old can’t be bothered to do his.
So I decided to get them to start doing the house maintenance
This year marks twenty-five years ago that I went to live in Japan.
The hubby kids and I were having brunch and was watching a Japanese news programme, when it talked about the Hanshin earthquake in 1995.
It reminded me that I was preparing to go and live the rest of my life in Japan. A dream that I had since the age of ten, after watching The Water Margin and Monkey. Shogun and Karate Kid sealed it for me.
I realised that if I hadn’t made that decision, then I would not have the family unit that I have.
#jpukliving #ilovemyfamily #blackjapanesefamily
I realise that my family unit is still rare in Japan and in the UK, but I am so glad that I made that decision.
This year I will be going to a Robin of Sherwood Convention, going to see alot of 80’s band’s celebrating their anniversaries. E.g. Level 42, Simple Minds, Go West and others.
Back to the eighties for me.
Am also trying to go to the Olympics in Tokyo, as I was a Games Maker in London 2012, but was unsuccessful to be one in Tokyo. Will just have to go and soak up the energy. Gambarimasu.
Supporting a family member.
A great story about the birth of the sport of golf.
Last weekend I went to the Robin of Sherwood one day event (although a bit late).
It is an honour and a privillage to be this geeky, as I met my RoS family that I have known since 2014.
On display were the original costumes from the series that the cast members wore. The last time I saw them was in Nottingham on 1985 when the cast came to Sherwood Forest to promote the third series with Jason Connery as the new Robin.
It was such a delight and I thank James Deval for rescuing them.
As expected the Hooded Man Events are put together by Barnaby Eaton-Jones who was able to get Nikolas Grace ( The Sherriff of Nottingham), Mark Ryan (Nasir), Valentine Pelka (Sarak) and Clive Mantle (Little John) with a new cast member Carla Medonca, who plays a witvh hunter in the audios that are available.
Jason Connery sent us a message as he was not able to attend
It was a great day out and I can’t wait for Hooded Man event 2020.
Will keep you posted.
My friend will be in Nottingham on a book and creative writing weekend.
Also there will be a RoS convention on 18/5 with some of the cast members from the episode ‘ The Sherriff of Nottingham’.
Today was the first time Robin of Sherwood aries and unknown to me it is still as exciting to watch as is was back in 1984.
I have and still follow the cast members. Next month there is a one day meeting focusing on ‘ The Sheriff of Nottingham’ episode. Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle and other cast member will be attending.
Well it’s been a mixed year. Had the Robin of Sherwood Convention in May then a meet up with Michael Praed in July.
Saw Deacon Blue, The Christians, Level 42, and other 80’s band this year. Many more to come in 2019.
Have applied to be a volunteer at Tokyo 2020 Games. Loved doing the London 2012 Games.
Happy New Year to you all.
Went to see Del Amitri on my own as usual. It was a great hug and even though I stood up, from the start, got a light shined on my do sit down, I kept standing up and not bothering who didn’t like it.
Was a bit disappointed that Justin didn’t come out to meet his fans, but the rest of the band did.
That’s will ALWAYS be the debate about standing up and no one can see at gigs/concerts, but as long as I can keep doing it, I will keep ‘freaking out’ at my favourite gigs.
It was also my youngests last day at Primary school and at a childcare centre he had been at since he was six months old.
It was very emotional and I cried alot. I was a party id the community and the school and I loved the whole experience of school as a parent, like I loved school when I was a child/ young person.
Now on to new
When I arrived back in the U.K., My daughter was nearly three and my son was three /four months in my belly.
This week he will start secondary school and the in thing to do is to give the teachers a card/present as a thank you.
The U.K. has changed when I left back in the early ’90’s, and it’s expensive nowadays, we have some what we did when his sister left primary school/childcare, made our own cards.
Hubby made the Samurai hat’s and Kimono’s.
It must be unique thing to do but I like being unusal and it sums up the family.
The postcards are from my Japanese clay making friend Ryouchi Minagawa and his wife who I met while working in Niigata teaching their daughter English.
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