So, we don't know...
Was the sad little Okaasan of our last visit just a tired old lady on that afternoon? Or, is it her general state?
Don't know. The care home has closed its doors to family visits again. Covid case numbers in Japan are growing again - March and April is the moving house/starting job or school season - so inevitably with all that people movement around the country.
Local numbers here aren't at all bad. But, still the local government is requesting only local, essential outings. Kind of hard in spring in the north country - FINALLY getting some warm sunshine and the cherry blossoms are about to explode.
There'll be a lot of local walks in the coming weeks. And hopefully, we get to see Okaasan next month.