We had not celebrated my parents’ 77-year old anniversary (birthdays, yes, but not as a special ceremony); “77 years old” is considered as an age representing happiness in Japan. Kids decided to celebrate their Golden marriage together with their 77-year old anniversary (Mom and Dad are at the same age).
I have a sister and a brother, who have their own families and live in different places. All of us got together at our parents’ today.
Katya drove up on Chuo High Way. Yatsugatake mountains looked beautiful.
Katya, Maya-san, and I arrived 5 minutes before noon. My sister’s and brother’s families had already arrived and were helping with the party.
Each family brought something to my parents. Katya and I brought carnations and a pot of purple cyclamens; purple is the color for the 77-year old anniversary.
I have not met my brother’s daughter, my niece, for three years. She talks a lot now.
It was a small but pleasant party. After the party, everybody cleaned up.
I talked with my parents about a stay in a suite in Tokyo in January. It will be our next present.
Looked like a lovely lunch! Oishisou! 77 year birthdays AND golden wedding anniversary. Impressive. I think it’s great to celebrate those things. My wife’s father just had his 70th birthday… and I know my wife would really have loved to have been in Japan to celebrate too.
Out of curiosity, has Katya become very comfortable when you go to these gatherings. Family get-togethers can be so fun, but can also be a little stressful on gaigokujin partners (in whichever country). I know my wife was always quite nervous when we had family get-togethers at the start; can be a little intimidating or a little hard to connect (especially as families have deep connections).
Naturally, Katya does not feel very cozy at the family gatherings, not only because she is in a different situation but also she needs to concentrate on the conversations..
She seems OK with them, though.
We often visit my parents, so Katya has a good relationship with my parents, I think. This should make the situation easier.
Also, I always stay by Katya, trying not to leave her all alone.
She would not fully enjoy the atmosphere, but this could be true for any family in any country.
Agreed… family events can always be a little off-putting for partners… wherever they are from.
Yes, Ben, it is a part of marriage. I am glad Katya is fine with my parents.
I am also happy about my father’s being favor of Maya-san, which makes us feel easier to leave Maya-san at my parents’.