Daifukucho of My Family

by Kyoko Fukuchi

Daifukucho (old-fashioned Japanese account book) is a ledger in which entries were made in olden days by Japanese shops indicating purchaser, commodity and price of each time. 

My family has been engaged in the drapery business from about 130 years ago. As writing pen was not available in Japan at the time, all necessary records were made on washi (Japanese hand-molded paper) with a brush using Indian ink. My great-grandfather wrote these words in Indian ink perhaps 100 years ago. 

These words written in Indian ink are to me the winds of memory flowing through my body.