Today I went to Innoshima Island, a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, for the 7th anniversary of the death of my late mother, Yaeko. I left the island when I was 18 years old. I thought I would leave the island with the idea of abandoning my hometown, and I rarely returned to my hometown, and I haven’t seen many of my relatives in over a decade.

Yae-chan in her earlier days

I am the person I am today because of the climate and relationships in Innoshima, and above all because of my parents’ attitudes, and although I was once a child with a learning disorder, I am now able to live my life without anxiety and with a sense of happiness.

While I rarely visit the grave, I am deeply grateful for what my parents gave me, and I feel that the fact that it lives on in my life is the best way to provide for them. I want to pass it on to many people, and I am working hard in my daily activities.

Tomorrow, I will go to Ten-Sho-An for the first time in ten days. Vegetables that I sowed two weeks ago… they will be growing well.

Originally posted on September 21, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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