Wedding and the White Guy

Oct 11th, 1997 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today Yumi’s brother Koji and Seiko were married at the Hotel Osaka Grand. Though admittedly most of the attention was on the bride, I did stand out like a sore thumb being the only gaijin at the event (and the only white person some of the family had ever met in person I was told). Before the ceremony, I found myself in a hotel room…

Yumi’s Pregnant!

Oct 10th, 1997 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

When Yumi’s brother announced the date for his wedding we decided it would be a good time to visit Japan (my first time). We had another reason. Recently we had found out Yumi was pregnant. Only my family and her mom knew. We decided to keep it a secret until after Koji’s wedding so it wouldn’t be a distraction for his big day. But tonight…

The Coat Off My Back

Dec 22nd, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today there was excitement in the air. Christmas is only a few days away. And Yumi’s friend got married. A little twist… The bride’s maid showed up late so Yumi was asked to stand in. Meanwhile, throughout the service, an elderly relative talked to me the whole time about how wonderful my coat was. At one point, during the toast, she even offered to buy…

Honeymoon and High School Band

Dec 8th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Very tired so I have to make this short. The wedding was great. Got married in the same church as former President Ronald Reagan (the Little Brown Church in the Valley). The reception was great. But the fun came afterward. Slightly tipsy we arrived at the hotel. It was elegant, chocolates left on the pillows, a Jacuzzi tub and bottle of champagne awaited us. The…