As Aya's condition worsened, her diary entries became virtually illegible. Shioka Kito, her mother, transcribed
them in order to put this book together. During the editing process, many people cooperated with us and gave us
tremendous encouragement. We are really grateful to them all for their kindness.
Aya passed away quietly while surrounded by her family at 00:55 on May 23rd, 1988. Although she was unable to speak, just before departing this world she strongly uttered the sound 'a,' the first syllable of 'arigato'
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