Trillian's father was in the military when she was a child and during one of his tours, they were stationed in Japan, which is where she met Shin and his family. They started as friends, but before Trillian and her family left Japan, Shin and Trillian knew they wanted to stay in touch, so they became pen pals. Shin, who is 2 years older than Trillian, wanted to go to college in the States. Although he attended college in a different state, he and Trillian continued to write to each other and, since he now had a phone in the states, they were able to call each other occasionally. When Shin had winter or summer breaks, he would sometimes be invited to visit with Trillian's family, since he could not afford to go home often. He enjoyed coming to the East Coast, since his college was in the Mid-West, it was a change of scenery and a chance to see another part of country.
Shin and Trillian both dated other people as they considered themselves only friends. Shin had always sought out only Japanese girls as he thought he would honor his family by marrying within the same culture. After Shin graduated college, he took a job on the East Coast. Trillian did not go to college. She chose to start working at the bank straight out of school. She started as a teller, then moved to head teller, and then a position in the bank's administrative offices as a teller trainer.
One day, after another break up with a girlfriend, Trillian and Shin were talking on the phone and discussing their views on life. Shin realized that he felt a connection with Trillian he wanted to explore. So he decided to step outside of his original view on staying within his culture and a few days after their call, Shin asked Trillian to date him.
Apparently, other than a few hiccups, which you will learn about later, things went well. The rest, as they say is history. So, without further ado, here are family photos of the Watanabes.
Trillian, Amorie, Cameo, Emiko and Shin
Amorie, Cameo and Emiko
Trillian and Her Girls
立ち寄ってくれてありがとう。Tachiyotte kurete arigatō. ~ Jaye