Wasabi Stories vol.3: “Mother is Strong”



wasabi stories“Wasabi Stories” is a quotation and summary of a column which touches ones heart or not found on the internet.

It is a Japanese famous person’s story extracted from the NIKKEI news paper.

The purpose in posting the column in JAPAN Style is to cheer you up and to make you feel “it’ was worth reading!”

Wasabi (Japanese horseradish or mustard) is spicy and stimulate your nose and make you teary.

The columns in “Wasabi Stories” hopefully spice your heart and sometimes make you teary!

The stories were originally sent as E-mail Newsletter in Japanese. Some are a little old but we’ll eventually catch up with new ones.



“Mother is Strong”

Today’s story teller is the famous female singer, [W:Masako Mori], who debut in 1971, when she was 13 year-old.

It was about when she just debut as a singer. Her lifestyle changed drastically since her debut.

She was only 7 th grade, and because there were many live music TV shows at that time, to perform on those shows, she had to go straight to the television station after the last class finished in her school costume.

Her schedule was always tight: after performing on a TV show, she does radio shows and magazine interviews, and by the time she went home, it was after midnight.

No matter how late she came home, her parents stayed awake to wait for her; although, because it was hard for her father, he took nap in the evening.

While living in the tight schedule, the most concerned issue was meal. Masako says her mother’s home made bento (lunch box) really saved her.

What made her happier was the message card attached the bento than the food.

“I am going to watch the show.”

“Don’t forget to greet senior singers.”

Her mother’s message was always on the bento.

A few years ago, Masako’s father passed away and she couldn’t stop crying but her mother never showed her tears.


Her mother said,

“Masako, It’s ok because it was his turn. I am happy that it wasn’t my daughter or my grandchild. There will be more tough moments in your life but be stronger. Showing her strength in hardship to her children is motherhood. Children grow up by themselves by seeing their strong mothers.”

Masako concluded with her respect to her mother, “I want to be strong like my mother.”

Reference: The NIKKEI Jan/29/2009 by Masako Mori (Singer)


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