Hana’s world was shaken to the core when she learnt of her mother’s death, and even more so when she learnt that her mother was not Korean.
She was told that her mother left Japan for love, was disowned, and never returned.
Reconnecting with her Japanese grandmother proved to be an emotional one. Hana’s grandmother, Tayeko was distraught to learn of her daughter’s death. Hana slept in her mother’s childhood room on the first night, tossing and turning uncomfortably.
Tayeko warmed up to Hana eventually, and they found healing and closure through her mother’s old letters.
It was inconceivable, but even a meal of kimchi and natto didn’t taste so bad together.
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