Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there including the best, which is of course my mommy (and my grandmothers and great aunt)!
When I went to church, the first song was to the melody of “America the Beautiful.” I was a bit confused why a Japanese church chose to sing an American patriotic song, but as I was singing, I noticed that it had nothing to do with America. It was actually a song about mothers. I really had the urge to sing “America the Beautiful” while everyone else was singing in Japanese.
I come from a home where both parents work outside of home; my sisters and I are given more freedom than the stereotypical Asian American families, which means we are not forced to study all day and practice instruments. We can do and learn nearly what we want as long as we stay focused on the Lord, health, and our studies.
I noticed that a lot of mothers in Japan are stay-at-home mothers or they may work part-time. The father is usually the sole financial provider in the household. There are even cases where the father actually lives in an apartment in or near the town his job is located, but the mother and children live somewhere else. School consumes a lot more of the children’s time compared to many other countries. It doesn’t mean that students in Japan are busier. They just spend more time in school either for club and/or studying. Many children really don’t see their parents as much as children in other countries. There are some exceptions. Did you really expect no exceptions?
Remember to wish your mothers a good one. Also, last week marked the one-year anniversary since I started this blog. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time can be. Stay tuned next week for another update!
La natalité est negatif en Japon maintenant. Plus de mères veulent travailler. Je comprends parce que le monde est plus affecté avec l’egalité d’hommes et femmes. Je crois que ce sois bon. Les femmes peuvent faire beaucoup au lieu de ne que rester à leur maisons. Pourtant, je n’aime pas les femmes qui veulent être comme les hommes.
今週の聖書の詩: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?”
- Isaiah 49:15a (NIV)
今週の写真: Kyoto – Day 1: I have about 250 pictures from Kyoto, so I’ll be posting pictures in parts. I won’t be posting all of my pictures, but some of my favorites. On day 1, we arrived at our hostel in the afternoon. After we dropped off our stuff and my friend parked his car, we all (6 people including me) went to Nijo Castle. There are two gardens and two palaces (outer and inner). One fascinating tidbit is that the floors were built to produce a slight screeching sound when someone or something walks around inside. As evening approached, we crossed a river and headed to another area, Gion.