Son duty done.
And then....meanwhile...100 km north of that...more interesting......
Oyomesan cast off her domestic shackles and became a model - for a day.
A friend whose daughter does model work introduced me to a local model agency who were looking for a middle aged woman to play MOTHER of the bride in a brochure photo shoot for a Hokkaido wedding company.
Mother of the bride. I am officially middle aged. Despite wearing shorts and Tshirts and no make up (ever)...I am now publically typecast as a Middle Aged Woman.
It's everyone's dream, right? We all secretly prance around our bedrooms, hand on hip and do a twirl. Hope to get spotted for our true beauty in the supermarket?
This was my chance. Night before I shaved my legs, shaved my moustance, attended to the nose hair and fretted over the cat scratches and bruises. Ready for my close up.
Took the train north with a fellow teacher/part-time model who was my husband for the day and we arrived at a European castle style wedding complex in Asahikawa.
Met our "daughter" - a sweet faced 17 year old professional model from the Czech Republic (who WAS scouted in a supermarket whileout with her mum!) and the son of another local teacher who doesn't talk much at his Sapporo high school about his model gigs. Modeling for a young guy isn't cool.
After lunch with the camera crew, dresser, make up guy, lighting guy and casting director The Family were ready for performance time.