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Sakai-san: Closure – 2007

 

In May 2007, I went back to visit Sakai-san.


House boarded up, front room barricaded, entrance padlocked shut. Cats meowing loudly from somewhere close, but no Sakai-san. In our last conversation, there was mention of subsidized housing in the city. He’d been denied the first time; wasn’t allowed to declare his old age pension as a source of income to pay rent, but now, perhaps . . .

 

I tried looking through the glass, afraid of what I might find.

 

Had he died? Did he move out? Housing projects? On the road selling art? No neighbours, no family, no memories.

 

I came back a month later to the same situation, said a few words, made my peace, and drove away.

 


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