The year 2020 will be a major one in Japan as it will host the Olympic Games, 8 years after London did. As it happens, this morning there was some major disruption on the transport network and I had to get off the train I was on and walk to another station to get to work: in doing so, I walked along the street that I used to work on at the time you were taken to Japan – it was along that street in north west London that I saw the “Olympic flame” being carried whilst working there. You will also have the opportunity to say the flame on 18-19 May 2020 when it travels through your area.
Today’s date in 2020 bears another significance for me: although you may not realise it, today marks exactly 3,000 days since you were taken to Japan by your mother.
Happy New Year, Hugo. In Japan you are on the cusp of not just a new year but a new decade, about mid-way through wish you will become an adult.
This is the Christmas tree at Waterloo Station in London, taken by me.
I hope that you have a lovely new year, steeped in tradition as I know it is in Japan. Have a great 2020. Please study hard at school and be a good boy to those around you. I have not been so good at updating this blog in 2019 but will work harder on it in 2020.
This is a photograph of the heavily-clad Christmas tree at King’s Cross Station in London which I took on the way in to work this morning – stopped off there to pick up a hot chocolate. There were not many people around as many Londoners take the day off and, in any event, it was very early.
Have a lovely Christmas Day tomorrow and I will post again around New Year time.
It is national Children’s Day in Japan today. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the year when the government of Japan designated the day as a national holiday.
Today also marks a sad but true milestone in this blog: this is the 300th post. I have delayed posting a couple of recent developments in the US and Canada as regards the issue of international parental child abduction so that the 300th post would be on Children’s Day in Japan. I will post about those other developments in the coming days.
Earlier this week I mailed to you a package containing a card and some other items (photographed below); the package has yet to be delivered but should be early next week…
Have a nice Children’s Day in Japan, son. I will send you a further personal message a bit later in the summer. You are welcome to contact me at any time and you don’t need to worry about me telling anyone in Japan about it. Apart from anything else, it has been over 5 years now since I had any proper news about you and, knowing so little, it is very difficult to choose things to buy for you.
This month I am (again) increasing the monthly standing order that I send to your mother’s UK bank account. I hope that this money is be being used to help you although, despite the years that I have been doing this for, there has been no acknowledgement of it or confirmation that it is being used or saved for you. As you get older, and particularly if I do not get to hear from you until you are better placed to make decisions for yourself, I am likely to start sending you, directly in Japan, money as well as presents so that (I hope) you will be able to choose something suitable for yourself.
That’s all for now.
Update (13 May 2018): the items were delivered on 9 May 2018: