How many immediate family members do you know that have been gone for 50 years? For me, no one.
We got together in Hikone to hold a memorial service for Satoshi's grandpa...he's been gone for 50 years.
The priest mentioned that while it is a sad thing that Satoshi's grandpa is gone, it is also an amazing thing that family would be around and able to hold the 50th memorial service, so in a sense it is quite a celebratory event.
In fact, instead of using a white candle, they light a red one as a symbol of celebration.
Since the service would be held in Hikone, Satoshi and I went a day earlier and stayed over in Hikone.
In the morning, we met up with BIL, SIL and MIL.
Unfortunately it rained all day.
Lunch was at an unagi (eel) shop called Gennai.
I am not too crazy about unagi but know that Satoshi and his family love the stuff.
I enjoyed the way this unagi was prepared though. Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
Though Satoshi never met his grandpa, I'm glad we got to attend the service.
Apparently the next service is in 50 years...
Hours: 11:00-14:30 (lunch), 17:00-20:00 (dinner)