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My father Died

My father died on August 4th.  It was just 2 weeks after leaving the hospital.
I was really thankful for the two weeks because I was able to stay by his bed and take care of him.  He sometimes held my hands unconsciously searching for the warmth of the human body. He left this world after saying "ありがとう" clearly and slowly to my mother.  He knew the timing of his death.

It was the night of the full moon.  

the full moon

He was the greatest man.  He got married to my mom.  He had three children and four grandchildren.
He had no regrets in his life because he lived his life as he wanted to. 
He enjoyed life in Paris and Lisbon. I sometimes shared the time traveling with him in Paris, Seville and Lisbon.
He loved drinking wines talking with friends. His favorite music is chanson.
He was a lifetime learner of French literature.  He loved French poems, especially BAUDELAIRE 's.
He motivated lots of foreign students  at the universities in many countries.
He was one of the greatest professors in teaching Japanese. 
He loved his family and cared about us a lot until the last moment.


Thank you, my father!

I love you.

father with rail


father arms crossed


R.I.P.

father wine





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186th Day

Hello. How are you?

In Kanto region, the rainy season was finally over today. Normally the end of the rainy season comes around the middle of July. Many things are so different in 2020. Japan is suffering from the spread of coronavirus again. The second wave seems more serious as we can't restrict economic activities anymore to sustain Japanese economy. I'm scared of the third wave which we might have this winter. How can we deal with the mixture of influenza and Covid-19?

You must be worried about your grandpa's condition. Now grandma and I are satisfied that he will leave us because he has lived enough as he wanted to and we have stayed with him and taken good care of him as we wished. Now we are waiting for his peaceful departure.

Your grandma drew his picture. She used to draw many pictures when she was in Yokohama. According to her, your grandpa stroked her face with his hand softly while she was drawing. She said, "His spirit made me draw his picture." Maybe there is a special bond between them which we children don't understand.

Here is the picture.

jiji

Please pray for his peaceful end.

Take care!!



182nd Day

Hello! How are you getting along? Do you enjoy your summer? I saw the picture of the crowded beach in Toronto on the newspaper website. Please take care not to get Covid-19.

By the way, your grandpa got out of the hospital last Tuesday and now he spends all day in his bed at his own house.

father at home

Since that day, your grandma and I have been busy taking care of him, such as inhaling his sputum and changing his diaper. We feel grateful to have such a valuable opportunity to spend with him and nurse him at home. When he was in the hospital, we rarely visited him because of the the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Saturday my brothers and their families visited him and they were able to see him. He couldn't speak but he moved his hands and expressed his feelings. That was great! When your grandma asked him, "Do you need something for you?" He wrote the words on the whiteboard. He could not hold the marker well but he managed to finish his writing.

last handwriting

Nobody understood his writing but I did it. He wrote ”特にナシ." After that, he showed us silent clapping meaning that it was all right. We were happy to see him showing a little actions. After that, his condition got worse and worse.

He sleeps most of the time and he looks half conscious while he is awake. We don't know how many days he will be alive but it wouldn't be long. Your grandpa loves you very much and he often tells us that you will grow up to be something.

You have only 4 months left in Canada. Please make your days special. Your grandpa believes that you are a good girl.

We love you always


Take care!!


172nd Day

Hello. How are you? 
Your grandpa's condition is getting worse little by little. His mind is getting frail but he remembers you very well. We often visit him in order to take lessons for home care. The most important care is getting rid of his sputum from his mouth or nose. We had hard time using the aspirator. Grandma pushed the wrong button again and again. I have to play the main role of inhaling his sputum. Now he can't eat any food nor can he drink. Therefore, we can't expect his recovery. Doctor told us that his life would be a few months. I'm afraid that he would not survive until you come back home.

This is the photo you took him last January. We took a short walk to see plum blossoms.

梅見

Take care!!



165th Day

Hello. How are you doing? I have to tell you that your grandpa doesn't have much time.

I visited him yesterday. He has been hospitalized for about 2 weeks. We are very close to the hospital but we can't see him without particular reasons such as the consultation with his doctor because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He looked very frail. He struggled to tell something but we couldn't understand his words. Lots of sputum in his throat blocked the flow of his words. His condition seed worse than the last time we saw him. According to the nurse, his ability to swallow food or drink is almost lost. It means he is going to death. Anyway we have decided to take care of him at home and make his final days more valuable. If he stays at home, we can talk to him, touch him, and make his mind more active.

This is the photo of our last outing with him.

father

Take care!!


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3歳の娘と一緒に "英語でアート" をコンセプトにしたこども英語教室を2007年に開設して13年が経ちました。実験台のように英語を吹き込み、インターナショナルなイベントに連れまわした娘も16歳です。当然のように国際志向が育まれ、今はカナダ留学中です。留学中の娘に連絡がとれないので、手紙のつもりで英語日記を書いています。
その他、千葉市の英語教室、Bears English Clubの活動などをご紹介しています。
どうぞよろしくお願いします!

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3歳の娘と一緒に "英語でアート" をコンセプトにしたこども英語教室を2007年に開設して13年が経ちました。実験台のように英語を吹き込み、インターナショナルなイベントに連れまわした娘も16歳です。当然のように国際志向が育まれ、今はカナダ留学中です。留学中の娘に連絡がとれないので、手紙のつもりで英語日記を書いています。
その他、千葉市の英語教室、Bears English Clubの活動などをご紹介しています。
どうぞよろしくお願いします!

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