Zakka 81: About my mum

Thursday, February 12, 2009

About my mum

I don't know where to start...
She has two kids(my brother and me) middle of 60's, she is a wife, a mother, an artist, a fighter, a love.
She was born and grow up in Okinawa then moved in Tokyo.
She used to work for an old people and handicapped people as a home helper.
One day (8 years ago), She fell from the bicycle and her knee began the pain and couldn't walk.
We found the lost cartilage of the knee and the bone knocks against the bone.
Photo : My mum :) Yoshiko
She had operation for put artificial joint in her knee. Everything looked good.
But the symptom of rheumatism appeared and the doctor prescribed the medicine of rheumatism. This is a side effect from the operation.
When rheumatism settled down, breath became painful.
It is a kind of pneumonia called Interstitial pneumonia. 70% of her right lung died of the side effect from the medicine of rheumatism.
She cannot take the good medicine of rheumatism because of her lung.
Photo : Mum's art "Okinawan beauty"
Her finger bend unnaturally, and the sense is lost. It's not possible to do now though it was possible to do before. She can walk but can not get far. Always with the walking assistance or wheelchair because breath becomes painful. She depressed.
Last year she broke her hip born and had another operation for put another artificial joint on her hip joint. She couldn't have general anesthesia because of her lung, so she had the operation only by the local anesthesia. She is fine now.
Photo : Mum's room and my friend(left)and me(center) last year
Mum loves drawing since when she was little. She start drawing again for rehabilitation of the fingers and she can gets over all sorts of sadness at that time.
I decided to put her art work into my etsy shop. A lot of people seeing it make her happy and If her art going to somewhere around the world make her more happy.
I promise the proceeds from sale to be used for my mother. I want to do a lots of things to her.
I always feel guilty because I left home, far away from her...
Photo : Mum's art "my little daughter"
Thank you for reading this and hope you enjoy her art!
I would be very happy if you leave comment, I'll tell it to mum.

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  1. These are gorgeous Raycious! Ive always loved the way Japanese women are. How beautiful they are. Ive always loved the Giesha customs too. Your mother is a very special person.

  2. Thank you very much Michell :)
    I love old Japanese way, now days we are living not traditional's sad. We are going to lose so many beautiful things!

  3. How beautiful your mother's art is. You all are very beautiful too.

  4. Thank you Carla!!
    I told to mum and she was so excited :)
    Lots of love to you from my mum☆

  5. She does beautiful work...I can see where you get your talent from....It must be hard for you not to be able to be close to her...It's wonderful that you're selling her work...

  6. Thank you Chrisy★
    Mum taught all sorts of things such as sewing,cooking,knitting,gardening,,,,she is my teacher and I'm very happy to be her daughter!

  7. your mum is an amazing artist, Rie! Her work is beautiful :)

  8. Wow, Thank you Melanie!!
    She nearly had heart attack when I said "Mum! I sold your art and it's going to France!!"

  9. Your mothers work is just so beautiful, and she should be ever so proud of you for being a good daughter for appreciating her work by proudly selling it on etsy.She is a very strong woman to have endured so much pain and suffering, hopefully with her drawings she can have sunshine in her life again.

    I have always admired the beauty and regal look of Japanese women dressed in their colourful traditional costume, reminds me of porcelain dolls with their flawless skin.
    Thanks for sharing your story and try not to feel guilty we all have our paths to travel in life, and you are here travelling yours. Cheers Janice


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