Japanese author Nami Kishida (@namikishida) has gained quite a following on Twitter for emotional stories she has shared on Twitter. She recently put them together to be published in her first book "Kazoku dakara aishitan jyanakute, aishita no ga kazoku datta" ("I didn't love them because they were my family, but who I loved was my family"), and did so in collaboration with celebrated creative book designer Shin Sobue.

So no matter what, the book's publishing was going to be a big event. However, Kishida recently shared a story on Twitter about how the book was put together that makes the publication all the more special, and truly heartwarming.

"My brother who has Down syndrome and cannot write, practiced writing numbers for the first book I'm publishing. His numbers became the page numbers for the book, and his name is listed in the credits. Our whole family is crying together. I'm sure our father (who passed away) is crying as well."

Source: @namikishida

Source: @namikishida

Source: @namikishida

Source: @namikishida

The touching and tear-jerking gesture is actually the result of a longer story Kishida wrote on her blog titled "My brother can't write...at least, he wasn't supposed to be able to." In it, she details how her brother Ryota, who had never been able to write, seems to have been learning on his own step by step.

One particularly heart-moving incident involves the kind 24-year old leaving behind a rice ball with a note attached simply saying "Mama rice Paul". While mystifying for Kishida and her mother at first, they later learned that (along with "Paul" being how her brother wrote "ball"), the rice ball and note were left for their mother, who being very busy had been skipping breakfast recently.

There are many other similar instances, but they build up to Kishida actually learning from her brother's efforts to write, thinking "for him, this kanji would have this meaning or sound" and creating her own database to better understand and appreciate his efforts.

Perhaps moved by this, Shin Sobue (the book designer) asked for Kishida to have her brother write the page numbers. Despite worries over whether he could do it or not, he practiced writing out the numbers 0-9 in rows diligently, and the creative book designer had them marked on the corner of each page, as well as giving him a publishing credit!

The touching finish that makes the book a true family effort.

You can find Kishida's newly published book on Amazon and Rakuten, as well as follow her and the interesting stories of her family on Twitter, official website, and Note.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.