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A miracle reunion! Following the memories of 43 years ago.

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A miracle reunion! Following the memories of 43 years ago.
  • Garry Lake
    Garry Lake
    ausA sweet gentleman still thinking of his pen-friend.
    Arriving in Japan for the first time in 43 years to search for a pen-friend who he exchanged 60 letters as part of a school education when he was 13 to 17.
  • Derek
    Derek
    hkgA sweet young man traveling Japan.
    Being touched by Garry's story he decides to travel together even they only just met at a hotel in Narita.

A miracle reunion! Following the memories of 43 years ago.

  • In Japan for the first time in 43 years to search for the pen-friend but unsure of the address.

    In Japan for the first time in 43 years to search for the pen-friend but unsure of the address.

    Garry Lake arrives in Japan from Australia to search for his pen-friend in Kanazawa who he was exchanging letters when he was 13 to 17. He came to visit her 43 years ago but because of losing her letter he doesn't have anything to locate her but her name "Sadae Fukaya" and a little bit of memories. He only has 3 days in Japan, things aren't looking promising.


    Not enough leads…

    Not enough leads…

    The only leads he has are #1: the name "Sadae Fukaya", #2: the family owns a car repair shop, and #3: the address includes the line "Yonezumaimachi" which aren't very helpful. Derek from Hong Kong who he just met at a hotel in Narita who was touched by Garry's story decides to travel together to support.


    Day 1 of searching the pen-friend.

    Day 1 of searching the pen-friend.

    Just after arriving in Kanazawa by the "Kagayaki" Tohoku Shinkansen they try to find the name of the town called "Yonazumaimachi" but the people at the hotel tell them that "Yonaizumimachi" is nearby instead. Garry's memories are slowly coming back, he actually remembers that the address includes the number "Yonaizumimachi 1-XX". This can be a big lead!


    Day 2 of searching the pen-friend.

    Day 2 of searching the pen-friend.

    The two arrives in Yonaizumimachi 1-chome. They start asking around to search for more leads and find a kind lady taking them to the owner of a karaoke snack and a couple who owns a barber shop who may know something. They are all very nice and kind, the 4th person they meet has a very important information to locate Sadae-sa that the car repair shop that was here 40 years ago has moved to a new location and they are even given a new address! We're getting closer!


    Day 2 of searching the pen-friend.

    Day 2 of searching the pen-friend.

    They jump in a taxi and arrive at the car repair shop at last. Harue-san, the sister of Sadae-san, welcomes Garry when he visits the house in the back and she's even remembered him! Apparently Sadae-san is married and her family name has changed to "Naka". They receive the address of Sadae-san, so far so smooth!


    Surprise succeeded?

    Surprise succeeded?

    Getting the address they jump in a taxi again to head to Sadae-san's house. Garry wants to surprise her without letting her know that he's visiting. It seems to have worked out perfectly that we see tears in her eyes…


    The picture full of their important memories.

    The picture full of their important memories.

    Sadae-san has kept a stuffed koala Garry gave her back then which shows how great their relationship was. The picture taken 43 years ago is a very important memory of them.


  • The two looking very nice together even after 43 years.

    The two looking very nice together even after 43 years.

    The next day they visit Kenrokuen where they visited together 43 years ago. They look very nice together walking arm in arm as if it was 43 years ago. Congratulations on a very special reunion!!


    Kenrokuen
    1-53, Koshomachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture