here for the Japanese translation.
Mukai was born June 11, 1935, the second of five children. Kimiko
lost her mother early in life. As a result she had to shoulder
the responsibility of “mother” for her younger brothers.
When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming a singer/dancer.
But she had to give up this dream because her old-fashioned father
After a long and loving courtship, she married Kiyoshi Mukai
on July 27, 1967. Kimiko became a hairdresser, working to support
her family and help women look their best. On June 9, 1973 she
gave birth to a “hairless octopus” whom she named
“Toshiko,” her first and only child. She worked hard
to teach her daughter proper manners. She also loved to make clothing
for Toshiko and dress her up.
Kimiko also had a passion for travel.
She was very strict regarding herself, but very kind to people.
She was thus loved by many. She never complained, despite numerous
illnesses in her lifetime. She loved her family, and protected
her family fiercely.
After her mother's death, Toshiko came to realize fully how much
her mother truly loved and protected her. Kimiko will forever
be one of the most important people in Toshiko’s life. Toshiko
wishes to say “thank you” to her mother for loving
her for the past 33 years, and cherishes her memory as a treasure.
Toshiko is very proud to be the daughter of Kimiko Mukai.
If Toshiko is able to meet her mother again in the future, there
is so much she wants to ask her and talk about.
What Toshiko wants most to say to her mom is simply this: “Thank
Kimiko passed away May 3, 2007.