“My sun is rising!”

This special moment.

The Kitsukawa family lives just a few kilometres outside the port town of Takamatsu. The house and land belonging to the Kitsukawas are nestled on a mountainside from which wide-reaching views can be enjoyed across the hills of southern Japan’s Shikoku island. But this view isn’t so important at this very moment, because the man of the house, 77-year-old Shimpei Kitsukawa, is just about to open his garage door. Whenever he does so with strangers standing by his side, his wife Nobuko (70) holds her hand in front of her mouth to hide her grin in advance of this special moment: “For my husband, it’s like a sacred event.”

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