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#MyBaachan 46. 88th Birthday Party

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My Baachan turned 88 years old in 1977. 88 is a big year as a birthday in Japanese culture because the characters for those numbers resemble the character for rice and signify good things. So we had a big dinner with as many relatives together as possible. At the time, the accounting was that she had eight children, 35 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.