"Among our relatives, Miyoko-san was the most beautiful woman," my mother used to tell me about her cousin. This wedding photo was taken around 1940. She looks so serious, but in other photos, she shows her warm smile. I knew one of her younger sisters, and she was also beautiful and kind. All I know is that Miyoko-san was beautiful, and that meant she was beautiful inside out. And I interpreted it as she was obedient unlike me. She probably said many more yes than I have, and when she wanted to say no, she perhaps still said yes because she couldn't say no. She definitely sacrificed herself for her family more than I did.
Yes, those women in her generation were all beautiful. And I want women to remain beautiful. I don't want to corrupt them. No. I wish them live longer than 86 and to be able to say no and speak up at the same time while converting the kind of men calling us disgraceful into calling us cool.