Okaasan Abusing the Passenger

Sep 15th, 1999 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

The ride on the Shinkansen to Nagasaki was quite an experience… especially for one passenger in particular. Okaasan thought that we should turn our seats to face one another. So she flipped the lever and attempted to turn the row of seats 180 degrees, not realizing that the man in the next row was reclining with his head clearly in its path. As the seats…

First Impressions…

Dec 4th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Meeting Yumi’s family for the first time just days before our marriage was a little unnerving. They had expected her to move back to Osaka after finishing college, not stay in America and marry a gaijin. First impressions would be important if they were ever going to accept me. So I offered them a beer in Japanese (about the only thing I knew how to…

Today I Met My Okaasan!

Dec 4th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today I met my Okaasan! Yumi, her mom (“okaasan” in Japanese) and aunt were waiting for me when I arrived at the apartment. After the long flight from Osaka, they were surprisingly full of energy. When I entered, they immediately began bowing. Okassan continued for some time afterward,”Sumimasen, sumimasen…” Yumi explained that she was apologizing. For what I wasn’t sure but when we introduced her…