This is an experiment to leverage the power of the internet.

I’ve already tweeted this and updated my facebook status about it, so I figured I could give it a try here.

When I was a kid in high school, I had a pen pal in Japan. Her name was Yumiko Oku, and she lived in Hofu. That’s Yamaguchi Perfecture, about 40 miles or so from Hiroshima. We wrote pretty steadily until I moved in with my soon-to-be wife in 1998, and we fell out of touch.

She’d recently gotten married to (if my memory serves me) a fellow named Hironobu Hirasa, and moved to Tokyo. I think they lived in corporate housing there, but I might be wrong.

I do remember her home address by heart: 697-1 Shimoshinmaemachi, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken, 3083, Japan.

I suppose I could write to her family, but there’s no guarantee they’d be able to read the letter, if they still live there. So, it leads me to wonder just how small the internet is. Maybe if I drop this message in a bottle, my old friend may find me again.

Let’s give it a try and see what happens!

Besides, there are at least three people who read this blog who live in Japan. Chiyoda. Tatsuno. There’s even someone on one of the northern islands who drops in occasionally. You never know!


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