After years of family drama, a secret marriage, an international escape, and Yasu hiding out in different countries, today was surreal. It’s all over. One very determined Japanese mom seizing her one and only chance (her son being back in Japan for a short visit) had a very clear dream and goal and she made it happen. She didn’t mind that she had some rather hesitant participants, she pushed through and brought about a family reconciliation.
It all happened waiting for and during lunch at our favorite kaitenzushi place. Like Yasu, I was shocked to see Yasu’s father suddenly appear in front of us. I had basically no idea what was happening, since they were all speaking Japanese. So I just kept a close eye on Yasu and his body language and I knew I would take my cue from whatever he did. When we were escorted to our table I quickly checked in with Yasu to make sure everything was okay.
That was one surreal lunch. Something I never even dreamed would happen. Still not quite sure what was said to make this happen I sat there like a grinning teenager, feeling grateful for a potential end to family drama. His family asked whether we were married and we confirmed and they asked if they were allowed to celebrate that with us. Of course!
We ate loads of yummy sushi and at the urging of Yasu’s father I finally tried natto and uni sushi, another thing I never dreamed would happen. And it won’t happen again. Yeah, I don’t like either, but I sure am glad I finally tried these items that scared me during all my years in Japan. And I’m very pleased about the resolution of years of family drama. What an unforgettable lunch this was.