Happy Christmas, Hugo.
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 Christmas Eve morning – and I am still at work although it is a half day – and, as it will be difficult to post this message tomorrow, I am doing so today. This is just to wish you a very happy Christmas; you are in the thoughts of all of your family in the UK. I sent you some money for Christmas this year, see below, as it is difficult to decide what to buy for you now – along with a card of The Shard in London. I hope that you have a lovely day tomorrow. I will post a further message to you at New Year time.
Happy New Year, son. My thoughts were with you at 15:00 GMT yesterday when the year turned in Japan. Every good wish for 2018. I mailed you a New Year card, below along with receipt, a couple of days’ ago so it should be with you soon. New Year is not as big in the UK as Japan and the store did not have a New Year card as such; the best I could find was a card of a cat peering at a fish in a fish tank.
Also below is a photo of the family lunch in Hythe on 10 September last year to mark your Grandad’s 89th birthday, about which I posted last summer. Also below is a photo taken just after Christmas on 27 December just gone showing Dad/Grandad, my brother and sister and I. It is very rare that we meet up alone together and I cannot remember when we last did so but it must have been when I was a very young adult – I don’t think that there has been a photo like this of just the four of us since I was a teenager. We were only able to catch a few hours together but it was very pleasant.
I saw the news a couple of days back that Japan proposes to change the age of majority from 20 to 18 from 2022 so that will cover you as you will turn 18 in 2026, which doesn’t feel all that far off now. I hope that this reform will help in a small way to embolden you to contact your family in the UK that much sooner. You are welcome to do so of course at any time as you are hugely missed here. You will be standing on your own two feet before you know it and will be able to make decisions for yourself. In the meantime, however, I wish you every happiness and success in year 2018.
Happy Christmas, son. Today marks your 7th Christmas in Japan. Here’s wishing you a very happy day. I mailed some items (see photographs below) to you on 6 December, the Post Office’s last posting day for Japan. According to the tracking, the package arrived, a bit on the early side of Christmas, on 12 December. I will post another message for you around New Year time. God bless you.
Happy Christmas, Hugo.
This Christmas marks your 6th in Japan. I don’t suppose that anyone will take you to a church on Christmas Day but you should, one day when you are old enough, visit Hiroshima’s best kept secret, the Noboricho Cathedral in Naka-ku. Known as the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace it is built on the site of a parish church that was destroyed by the the 1945 bomb. The then priest of the parish, also named Hugo (Lassalle), a German citizen who later became a Japanese (taking the name Enomiya Mabiki), survived the bombing and set about raising funds to build the modernist cathedral that stands on the site today.
I hope that you have an enjoyable Christmas Day in Japan. You remain, as always, in my thoughts and prayers. Please see below for the presents that I sent to you on 7 December.