Though almost every day it was raining, finally I saw the blue sky. I didn’t have good luck with the weather, but God truly blessed my Japan trip.
My feet, which were red and painful, were healed gradually as a two week extended break from chemo started on my arrival day in Japan. One of my best friends brought me her shoes as she learned that I had been looking for comfy shoes for the rainy days, and that also helped me greatly.
The elementary friends, whom I screwed-up mistaking the date to meet on the first day in Japan, rescheduled the date for me. I was so thankful.
I saw/met multiple cancer friends including two of my old friends, who were once in the terminal stage of cancer, but miraculously able to suppress cancer. We enjoyed the time being together exchanging cheers, and it was greatly encouraging.
Finally, my second son and his wife arrived on the 18th, and I spent the best finale with my extended family: First at a music concert, in which my cousin, who was my piano teacher, her daughter, and two of my nieces performed singing and playing piano with other students. In the past I saw their performances through Skype, but because I wanted to see the live, I set the trip around the day of concert. I was very impressed with the quality of the concert renewing my respect and appreciation for them.
Afterward, we went to a hotel to celebrate my Mom’s early 88th birthday, which is a very special number in Japan.
After singing “Happy Birthday” with a birthday cake, as I gave her cards, one was from my mother-in-law in the U.S. and the other from the family in Japan collecting the words of thanks for her, she had tears in her eyes. It is so unusual because she is always negative and pleasing her is very difficult.
” I want to take the cards with me. Please put them in my coffin,” said she.
After all, she had a great time, and so did I. Achieving all the goals, and receiving lots of cheer, I am on the way home on an airplane.
Good-bye beloved Japan, and I hope to be able to visit there again next year!