So ends another summer, your 5th in Japan, although yours will last well into September.
I shall send you a package shortly to bridge the gap between Children’s Day in Japan and your birthday in November. I will post photographs below after doing so, either tomorrow or next week – I still have some items to buy.
It has been an eventful summer. The UK voted for “Brexit” and this month saw the 2016 summer Olympics take place in Rio; the UK took second place in the medal tally, eclipsing even the London Olympics 4 years back. That success has been attributed to the (at the time slightly controversial) launch of the National Lottery in 1994 to provide funding for arts, heritage, sport, community projects etc.
I wrote about the London Olympics here, the day after Tokyo was successful in its bid to host the 2020 event. I have posted this, this and this in relation to the Tokyo Olympics – no doubt there will be more such posts over the next 4 years. No doubt, also, that the 2020 Games will be one of the key events in your childhood – I well remember the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and, more vaguely, the 1984 ones, all of which took place when I was a boy. You were born in 2008, itself an Olympic year.
I have had something of an Olympic year myself work-wise but the less said about that the better. The weather has been nice in London for the most part these past months, including this incredibly hot day in July.
Although I don’t want to say too much here just now so as not to prejudice anything that may happen, there are some signs that the Foreign Office here is beginning to take your situation more seriously, albeit 5 years on from your removal to Japan. I pray that something concrete will emerge.