Today Pegman visits Tokyo.
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Again, I’m late for the party, but couldn’t resist the challenge. Maybe it’s the extra 50 words or the fact that I’m merely a participant.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 150
FLOWER AND WILLOW WORLD
A thousand butterflies swirl in my stomach as I peer out the window, watching for the car that will bring my Hoshi-chan, my shining star, for a brief visit.
After we left her at the Okiya in Kyoto, six months ago, I cried for a week.
“It’s all for the best, Fumiko-chan,” said my husband Ichiro. “She’s following her life’s path.”
“What does she know of life? She’s only fifteen.”
“We’ve five more children and can hardly feed them.”
I cannot argue, but Hoshi is our only daughter, my ally in this man’s house.
At her Misedashi—formal presentation ceremony—my heart swelled with pride. In exquisite silk kimono, painted face and jeweled hair, Hoshi, renamed Kikuyu, was welcomed into the secret society of Geisha.
She glided to me on lacquered getas and uttered those words I will forever cherish. “Okaasan, when I come home, please cook me a hamburger.”