Guest essay: A Japanese essayist on negotiating deep-rooted traditions and her own wayward path, and how this shaped her relationship with her father.
Kaori.. if you remember I met your father while you studied conversational English at my house near Zama. A beautiful tribute to him.
I loved reading this, Kaori. Thank you for sharing with us. And thank you as always for your beautiful newsletter, Emily.
Kaori, thanks again for sharing this here! And I don't think I told you—I love the pictures of your father. I definitely see you in his smiling face x
That was a great read and well written. And really relatable too, especially in regards to the work aspect, considering that we are probably just at about that turn of generations where in most fields those stable jobs that our parents had of 40 years spent in one company simply don't exist anymore- even outside of freelance work. I guess quite a few of us will have (had) to find some sort of balance between those two different outlooks at life.
This is a lovely article and reminds me of my unorthodox relationship with my dad. He would have loved it if I had a stable job and lived in the neighborhood. Instead I had tons of jobs and lived thousands of miles away. In the end i believe he was supportive of me but only because there was nothing he could do to change me