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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Epilogue to my 1,000 Letters

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. decided to digitally scan more than 1,000 letters I wrote my Mother.

One of the traditional Japanese customs is giving money to family members or close friends when they go on a major trip. The recipient then buys unique gifts from the destination.

For the past 30 years, my Mother made  frequent trips to Japan. On one occasion, my Mother travelled to Japan to spend 6 months studying Japanese musical instruments under two renowned masters. To acknowledge such a major personal undertaking, J.J. and I sent her yen notes.

What is amazing is that my Mother opened and read my letter and returned the yen notes back in the envelope and left them in her drawer. While scanning the letters, J.J. was astounded to find ten - ¥10,000 notes.

The bank clerk checked her computer and while they are old currency, the ¥10,000 notes are still exchangeable.  

$855 is the exchange based on today’s rate. The money was deposited into our account. J.J. and I love the happy ending to our 1,000 letters scanning story.

Aloha -- Cathi