Generations of Friendship

“Our moms had been friends even before we knew each other. Back in the 1960s, her mom, Ruri (a Japanese national), visited Sydney. She met my mom there, and together they promised they would stay friends for life. Every year we received letters from Ruri and her husband, including pictures of their two children. I always remember mom being so happy about finding a letter from Ruri in the mail. In 2012, I had the opportunity to go to Japan, and my mom hadn’t seen Ruri for about 20 years, so she asked if I could visit Ruri. I met her and her daughter Reina, who is the same age as me, and Reina and I became. I was so inspired by my visit to japan that for years I wanted to move here. My mom and Ruri kept in touch the whole time. Last year, I made my dream come true and I moved to japan. Since living here, Reina has become my closest friend, like a sister to me. Unfortunately, Ruri passed away six months ago. My mom visited japan a few weeks before her passing to see her again and it was a beautiful reunion. Both Ruri and my mom were so happy that Reina and I were continuing a 50+ year friendship.”


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