Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Earlier in the year, my father started having some health issues and as much as he enjoyed his independence... he accepted the reality that living in Las Vegas by himself was no longer a viable option.
As a family, we decided to move him to the Bay Area where he'd be surrounded by his three boys and his favorite daughter-in-law.
Hukilau in SJ Japantown
It was nice seeing him on a regular basis... and having the opportunity to help him after a lifetime of him always being there for us. Each of his children are very different, so when he hung out with us individually, he experienced different things.
Marion Panaretos Rose Garden in San Mateo
My thing was getting him out of the house and taking him on short expeditions. We'd often walk around San Jose's Japantown and grab lunch or check out a local park, take a stroll, and smell the flowers. He also enjoyed sitting down at Barnes and Noble with a copy of Calder Walden's Spies in front of him.
Marvel Cake in Campbell
About a month ago, his health started to decline... and the field trips evolved into short drives. Two weekends ago... we hopped in my car and drove over to my best friend's house. She has been taking care of her mom and hadn't had the chance to see my father in a few weeks, so we visited her. Sadly, it was his final field trip.
Papa Fuji passed away last Sunday. Although my siblings and I are sad to see him go, we are happy that he's finally reunited with Mama Fuji. Rest in peace Dad. You deserve it.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!