I applied for the chance to receive miles after learning about this charity mile project from a friend, but did not expect to really win anything. Then this surprise arrived. When we received the wonderful news, my entire family was excited and stunned!
My children were thrilled when I told them that we would be able to see their grandma in Tokushima Prefecture.
Because of the distance that separates the Miyagi and Tokushima prefectures, we were rarely able to see my parents even before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. After the 3.11 disaster, we have not been able to make even a single visit.
My mother has wanted to see her grandchildren, but the distance makes it difficult.
With the miles we received, we adjusted our schedules and made arrangements to visit Tokushima during the winter holidays. Sadly, due to work-related reasons, my husband was unable to accompany us and stayed home.
Whenever I visit my hometown, I take a flight to Itami Airport in Osaka and then use the long-distance bus service to Tokushima.
During our flight to Tokushima, my older daughter and younger daughter, who are 9 and 4 years old respectively, were very excited and spent their time looking out the window. They both enjoyed the journey, despite it being the first long trip that they had taken in quite a while.
After arriving in Tokushima, the children were able to play with their grandma, grandpa, and older cousins.
My mother was nearly in tears to be able to see her grandchildren doing well. My daughters also enjoyed being spoiled by grandma.
And last but not least, I was so happy to have the opportunity to spend some time with my mother.
We spent four days and three nights in Tokushima. Despite the shortness of our stay, it was a very fulfilling three days.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who planned this project and to everyone who donated their miles.
Without this project, we may not have had the opportunity to visit my parents.
Our road to recovery will be a long one, but thanks to this trip that was made possible by this project, I feel that we can keep moving forward.
Thank you very much for your support.
(Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture / Age:30s / Gender:Female)