Monday, April 06, 2015

50 year service

How many immediate family members do you know that have been gone for 50 years? For me, no one.

Until yesterday.

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...

2-1-6 Honmachi
Hikone, Shiga
Phone: 0749.27.5025
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:00-14:30 (lunch), 17:00-20:00 (dinner)


jalna said...

Hope your MIL is doing okay. I always think about the time she got second-degree burns and still kept her lunch date.

K and S said...

She cannot sit or stand quickly and walking is a bit slow for her but other than that she is doing fine Jalna :)

Take care and thanks for asking :)

KirkK said...

Never knew about this Kat! Interesting. THanks for sharing.

K and S said...

glad you enjoyed this Kirk:)

Take care!

K said...

Wow, what an occasion- and I agree it's a celebration of life in a way!

Rowena said...

Count me in with Satoshi and family....I salivate at the mere thought of unagi.

K and S said...

true K!

Add you to the club Rowena :)

Take care you two!

Phil said...

how lovely to be with family. thanks for sharing Kat

K and S said...

Thanks Phil, glad you enjoyed this post :)

Take care.