She died in 1996, just after I came to Sapporo. She had been ill for 2 years with cancer of the plasma cells.
Yesterday was Mother's Day in Japan, so I remembered my mum - although in the UK Mother's Day is in March.
My mum was a writer, an editor and a designer. She wrote craft and sewing books, and edited the crafts section of a women's magazine.
That was her public life. At home she loved cooking, gardening, cats, flowers, fashion, wine, word puzzles, reading mystery novels. She was very creative and emotional, and always dressed well.
She was also quite strict and always pushed me to DO more and BE more ambitious.
In many ways I am like her - the creativity side and the emotions. But dressing well? no! Not me. On my non-working time I am a jeans and old T-shirt kind of person.
So, yesterday I remembered my mum. I think she would be proud of me now....sometimes when I am lazy I can almost hear her voice: "Stop it Amanda, get UP! Get busy!"