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.
I hope that you are keeping well. A little earlier today I posted some items to you in Japan; see photographs below.
Your paternal Grandad, so my Dad, turns 90 on 10 September 2018. Everyone here in the UK is overjoyed by that. Dad and I are travelling to Guernsey at the beginning of September for a short break to mark the occasion; we will be staying with Uncle Bill in St Peter Port. I will post some photos later this month on this blog. Dad has chosen to spend the day of his 90th birthday quietly but Edd, Liz and I will be meeting up with him at Christmas to mark the milestone.
Dad is always asking about you and would love to hear from you, as would I and the rest of your family in the UK.
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:
Maundy Thursday 2018
This is just to wish you a very happy Easter this weekend. There are national holidays in the UK tomorrow and Monday so I will be off work until Tuesday. I mailed you some items in the post yesterday (see below) so these should be with you by the middle of next week. I hope that you are keeping well, are doing well at school and that you have a nice weekend. Your family in the UK miss you a lot, as do I.
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.