Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Family Get Together

Yayoi and I were quite excited to be going to the Keio Plaza Hotel on June 2, 2012 to celebrate with second brother on his receiving a prestigious award last autumn. This celebration was organized by university colleagues. Then after almost everyone who was wearing a red corsage of the about seventy people in attendance (ninety percent male) had given a speech before the buffet dinner as well as in competition with the lunch time hubbub, we were able to take taxis to the Tokyo Garden Palace Hotel. The only disappointment was that eldest brother's wife was unable to attend as she had slipped in the bathtub the night before and her long cut on the head prevented her from coming. She cried. Yayoi's siblings are all 76 years old or older.
At this hotel second brother's son and eldest brother's grandson were able to join us for a super private dinner in the hotel restaurant. Later these two young men went their respective ways and the rest of us stayed the night allowing time for evening and morning conversation. Then at checkout time we went to Tokyo station to send sister and husband off to Narita Airport from where they would fly back to Vancouver the next day. Eldest brother was sent off back to Yamagata by Shinkansen (bullet train). Yayoi and I said our farewells and headed back to Ibaraki prefecture where hundreds of little aster flower plants waited to be planted.




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