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.
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 9th birthday, son. Another year has gone by. I hope that your day is filled with joy. It is almost impossible to believe that you, a two year old and the threshold of becoming a 3 year old when you were taken from the UK, are now halfway to adulthood. Time passes very quickly and the older you get the greater appreciation of this you will get.
When I was about your age one of my uncles bought me a digital watch. This was back in the late 80s and I even remember, although it did not occur to me to do so at the time, that it was a Japanese brand. Anyway I hope you like the watch I chose for you; I tried to choose the best one I could find.
In the package, I also enclosed a camera device which you can do lots of things with. I am sure that you can make much better use of it that I would – there are so many things I cannot do on my phone and PC. Your great Grandma gave me a camera (her own) around the same time as I got the watch so again I thought that this would be a good time to get you something similar.
I hope the package makes it to you today, if it has not already done so – the tracking (see below) seems to suggest that it has been stuck in Kawasaki since Saturday although based on past experience the tracking service is not properly updated in Japan.
Have a good day. I will post a message again to you soon.
Update: 4 December 2017: The package was delivered at about 5pm local time on your birthday itself, 28 November 2017 (see immediately below):