The Tanaka Family – 田中家の人々

Ojiisan, Eri, Mikiko and Chihiro

Osaka, April大阪、4月

When we first met, Chihiro was a university student in Gothenburg, Sweden. Christmas holidays were approaching, which can be pretty depressing when you are alone in a foreign country, so I invited her to Finland. From that started our friendship; she has visited us several times, basically every time she comes to Europa and vice versa.

私たちが初めて会ったときチヒロはスウェーデンのヨーテボリの大学生だった。クリスマス休暇が近づいていた当時、異国の地でひとりで過ごすのはなかなか気が滅入るだろうと彼女をフィンランドに招待したのだ。そこから私たちの友情が始まり、彼女はヨーロッパを訪れるたびに我が家に来てくれて、私たちも日本を訪れるたびにチヒロに会いに行くようになった。

This was my first time to visit their home, which had a massive renovation during the last year. It was a stylish two-storey house in a quiet neighbourhood with a small garden and a field. The head of the family was 86-year-old Ojiisan, who cultivated the field and enjoyed his retirement days.

昨年、大改造を経た田中家のおうちを訪問するのは今回が初めてだ。閑静なエリアのおしゃれな二階建てで、小さな庭と田畑も付いている。一家の主は畑仕事と定年後の生活を楽しむ86歳のおじいさんだ。

His son, Otoosan and his wife Mikiko worked full days, Mikiko as an entrepreneur and Otoosan at the city office. Chihiro worked at her mother’s company, and her siblings Eri and Sho were university students. Also, Eri and Sho has visited us in Finland. Despite the busy schedule of the family, they always find time to cook and enjoy food together.

彼の息子にあたるお父さんは市役所の職員、その妻ミキコは起業家として、ともに終日働いている。娘のチヒロは母の会社で働き、彼女の妹エリと弟のショウは大学生で、ふたりともフィンランドのおうちを訪ねてきてくれたことがある。田中家の人たちはいつも忙しい合間を縫って一緒にご飯を作って楽しむ時間を過ごしてくれた。

Tanuki
At the garden
The nearby canal
Takoyaki
Sashimi

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