A Japanese woman's story about why her father has worn the same shirt for two decades is going viral.
The woman, identified only as 24-year-old Ria, took to Twitter to share photos of her father wearing an old polo shirt that appeared weathered from 20 years of use, BuzzFeed News reported. She had always wondered why her father frequently wore that particular shirt.
While cleaning out her grandfather's home after his death, Ria found an old photo of her parents on their honeymoon. Her father was wearing the same exact shirt she had grown up watching him wear.
It all became clear for Ria. Her mother had passed away 18 years earlier, and her father kept the shirt as a reminder of her. The couple was wearing matching shirts in the photo.
"I wondered why he kept on wearing that old polo shirt," Ria told BuzzFeed News. "Why didn't he just buy a new one? I never imagined that the polo shirt would contain such a special memory for him."
The story quickly went viral on social media.
"I am surprised by everyone's reaction as my first tweet was about a disgusting father who continues to wear the same clothes forever," Ria said.
Ria decided to share more details about the polo shirt.
"Even if there was a hole he would sew it by hand himself," she explained. "He wears it for any special occasion, be it a work study event or a trip out with the family."
Ria added that her father never remarried, and instead devoted himself to raising his two children.
"I always thought he was so 'uncool' for continuously wearing the same old polo shirt," Ria admitted. "But now I think that I have to look after memories too. I will never throw away anything important of my parents or grandparents."
Ria's story touched several social media users, who commended the woman's father for his love and devotion toward his late wife.
"That man obviously shared a very special love with his late wife, a kind of love that is rarely seen these days. What a bittersweet story," wrote one user. "I hope his beloved shirt stays in good condition and never receives any significant stains or tears...his heart has already been broken more than enough for one lifetime."
"Amazing heart warming story about the definition of true love between a devoted couple, so sad his wife passed away at such a young age but so luck to have raised such a caring daughter," added another. "Well done sir."
"Very touching story, bless him," wrote another user.