Today, while searching for my 1990 address book and journal, I found old letters and information about two of my three host families. The paper had their addresses and phone numbers from 1990. I guess it is a good thing that I don’t throw old boxes of letters away. However, I still can’t locate the address nor the full names of the Aizawa Family in Ishinomaki, Japan. (pictured above!)
I wanted to share the letter I did find from my First Japanese mother, Mrs Aizawa from 1990.
What a wonderful 10 days we have. After you left, every day there has been an emptiness in our home. We miss you very much.
After summer vacation, I have been very busy working in the school cafeteria. Nori-san, and the other two friends all say hello and they are fine… The next time you return to visit Japan, I hope we can prepare better for the occasion by studying English more. I feel that our lack of English ability made it somewhat inconvenient for you and I apologize.
See you later…. Your Japanese Mother.”
Reading this, I feel her sweet love and kindness. I wish all Americans had Japanese mothers! I long to see her today. I long to thank her for her kind hospitality.
They are the family I am the most concerned for and feel that their home and business have been destroyed. I fear they may have lost their lives. By now they must be in their 60′s or possibly 70′s. When I visited they had a daughter attending college in Sendai.
If anyone knows of the whereabouts of the Aizawa family in Ishinomaki, I would love to be able to make contact and tell them how much I love them.
Here are some pictures of their home along the river!