The program was started in 1961 and now, it’s immensely popular. I heard about it from my seniors, and this year, the number of students far exceeded the number of available okaasans. As a result, only those selected by a random drawing could receive an okaasan. Thankfully, I was one of those lucky students.
My okaasan is, like me, a first time participant in the program. That makes me her “first child” from the YWCA. She actually has one son, but according to her, she has always wanted a daughter. Because I’m quite busy with school, we only meet once every one or two months.
But when we do meet, it’s a lot of fun. So far, we’ve been to two classical concerts (I love classical music), an outing to Ginza and an outing to Asakusa. These are things that I wouldn’t normally do on my own (mostly for the lack of money), but I’m really happy to be able to have a chance to try them.
In fact, I think that even if I had gone up, I still would have enjoyed the aquarium next to the Sky Tree more. And having a native Japanese bring me around means I saw places I normally would have missed. My Okaasan is incredibly generous with her time and money, and I feel really happy to be able to go on such outings and each delicious food each time!
Of course, nothing can replace my real family in SG, but it’s nice to have someone that you can count on for emotional support here.
Next time, I'll blog about my “kendo family” (and my “school family”) too! I seem to be collecting/creating relatives here. ;)
a Singaporean gal saying "Hi" from Japan!