May 16, 2014

Taking A Walk Down Memory Lane

I'm 36 today.

I found some old pictures from my childhood. Not so many, but some good ones. 

Yuko Kato: Born on May 16, 1978 in Chiba, Japan. I was born two weeks early and weighed about 2,800 grams, which is a little over 6 pounds. 

My brother and I were the best friends.

I was a chunky baby.

"I'm one! Now I'm walking!"

"Mommy, can you please stop shoving food in my mouth? I'm already full, really."

Bossing my brother around like that's my job.

And of course, I had to ride him like a horse.

I used to love playing in the rain. I still enjoy listening to the rain, especially at night right before I'm about to go to sleep - it quiets my mind and nourishes my soul.

I grew up near a beach. I'm in my element when I'm strolling on a sandy beach and listening to ocean waves, while feeling the sea breeze on my face.

I think this is a picture from the time when I received a big award for my artwork. Mine is 2nd from the right at the top with the pink background.

Piano recital. Another thing I was really good at was playing the piano. My Mom believed I was going to be a pianist. I loved music, but I hated to practice. 

Seijin-shiki: Coming of Age ceremony. I was 20 and lived in Kyoto, Japan. I miss Kyoto - it's such a lovely place filled with history and traditional culture. I'd love to live there again some day.

It's amazing to see many elements of who I am today were already there when I was a little girl. 

I love art and music.
I am always in charge.  
I feel most connected when I'm listening to the sounds of nature. 

I never thought quickly looking back on my childhood would give me such a clear image of who I am today. Sure, my childhood preferences don't describe my whole self, but they reveal the hints of my true design.
"The past and present are hints of the future."
                                                     - Gary Morland
Taking a walk down the memory lane. 

Have you done that lately? 


  1. I love all these photos! And happy birthday!!! It is truly amazing just how early our lifelong passions become evident.

    1. Thanks Stephen! And happy early birthday to you! Did you know that you were going to be a hair stylist from early on?

    2. Depends who you ask! I would say no, and that I decided on a whim when I was 15 and my mom suggested it. My mom would say yes, that I was always playing with hair when I was little. Either way it's been a good thing!

    3. Your mom knows you the best (love that)! She sounds like an amazing lady! :)

  2. Happy happy birthday Yuko! And thank you for sharing those lovely photos. You are such a beautiful person both inside and out. It is very interesting to look back at childhood photos because you can see how so much of our personality is formed so early on.

    1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful birthday wish! It's fun to go through some old pictures and look back on our childhood :) I haven't done that for so long.


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