Emily Millar, 35, and Takahiro Muramatsu, 44, met at a party in 2009. They living a life in their son in Aichi Prefecture, center Japan

When Takahiro first spotted Emily at a birthday party in 2009, she was carrying a distinctive pink camera.” I’d never seen one before, so I moved up and asked her about it. I was looking for an opportunity to speak to her ,” he says. But when he told her his mention, her reaction wasn’t fairly what he expected.” I was stunned because he had the same name as my previous lover, who was killed in a auto clang a few months earlier ,” Emily says. Though she had only dated him for a short period, she was devastated by his death.” He was very young and it was all over the news, so it had been quite a hard time for me .” Though she didn’t believe in fate, she says the chances of meeting two parties with the same name” felt ghostly “.

At the party they chitchatted about their interest in photography, before she invited him to see her band play the following night. It wasn’t until a week later that she told Takahiro about her previous boyfriend.” I unexpectedly understand why it is her speech went a bit funny ,” he shows.” It all made sense .”

Emily, who is originally from Tasmania, had been living in Japan for three years and was working as a teach when they met.” After he came here my gig, “were having” our first date in Starbucks and some of my students came in. They were asking if he was my boyfriend, which was embarrassing ,” she laughs.

Within a week, though, Takahiro had asked Emily to meet his family.” I thought it was fast ,” she says,” but it felt so ordinary and natural to be together. It was the first time I’d felt that with all persons .”

A few months later, Takahiro had the chance to be interviewed for a task in Jamaica, but didn’t take up the render.” I knew it would intend leaving the country for a couple of years. I turned it down at the very last minute. Maybe it was my subconscious tell people to stay .”

Over the next two years, the couple explored Japan, taking their cameras with them everywhere they travelled. They likewise shared a rage for nutrient, and enjoyed trying out ramen eateries and whisky prohibits in brand-new places.

” We would travel to see my family regularly and I too had the chance to visit Tasmania in 2010, which was beautiful ,” says Takahiro.

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Emily and Takahiro on their wedding daytime in 2011. Photograph: Provided by Emily Millar

A year later, they got married in Sapporo in northern Japan, where they lived at the time.” It’s not an easy target to get to, so it was a small wedding. We celebrated with 20 of our closest family and friends who came from Tasmania and Japan ,” says Emily.” Then we went on honeymoon to Hawaii, which is a really popular destination for Japanese couples .”

She adds that she didn’t have to change her refer like most Japanese spouses must do by law. As she was a foreigner, it wasn’t mandatory for the couple to have the same surname.

The couple speak English and Japanese.” I do get homesick sometimes ,” Emily says.” It’s nice that he understands my own language and perspective .” She says he is easygoing and a great sounding board when she is feeling accentuated; he loves how open-minded and consenting she is.” She’s also a bright concoct. When I firstly encountered her, she wasn’t good but I never informed her. She’s amazing now though .”

The couple are now living blithely in the area of Japan where they first encountered, with their four-year-old son. However, Emily acknowledges she misses her home, and their long-term plan is to move to Australia.” Only before we converge I had been planning to go back to Tasmania, but now I’ve been here 13 times because it only felt right ,” says Emily.” I’d never believed in finding’ the one’ or anything like that. But when he told me his identify I had this internal freakout. It’s been 10 years because we assembled but I’ve never met another Takahiro since .”

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