Searching through my parents’ attic I came across a small stash of letters, photos and Christmas greetings in a red paper folder, sent to my grandmother by her friend Freda, who was a missionary in China from 1935 to 1952. In 1937, Freda married fellow missionary Oswald Peskett and went on honeymoon to Hakone, Japan.
On a trip to Tokyo, I visited Hakone and the hotel they stayed in, next to the lake.
The Hakone Hotel
Cable address “Hafuya” Hakone
Tel. Nos. 3 & 33 Hakone-Machi
It was ever so sweet of you to send that airmail which reached me a day or two before my wedding. The handkies and sachet are lovely: thank you ever so much.
I was in bed for four days before the wedding with fever, feeling absolutely rotten. However I managed to get thro’ it all right, but I was so disappointed not to be feeling absolutely A1.
I will send you a snap when they are ready: some are quite good.
We are having a perfectly wonderful honeymoon here: this hotel is right on the lakeside and is lovely and cool: such a change from the heat of Hong Kong.
We have a rowing boat & do a lot of rowing and swimming and there are magnificent walks – just like England. We even found some honeysuckle the other day.
It is very wet today, but I don’t mind. Weather doesn’t affect me these days!! It’s so marvellous to have my beloved with me, after all these 18 mnths of separation & hardship. It seems too good to be true sometimes.
The European news seems very bad & how China & Japan are on the brink of war. I do hope it won’t affect us in Kwangsi.
Our new hospital should be ready by Sept. or October & we are so looking forward to moving into it. Our flat is on the 3rd storey & should be very nice.
I had some lovely wedding presents – people were so kind. Mr. Ross Wallis sent a cable: I thought it was very kind of him. We had 10 cables! Quite good.
Well, my dear, forgive more now. The enclosed snap will give you an idea of the beauty of this place.
Much love, & many thanks indeed.
Yours as ever,
Freda M. B. Peskett.