In the early 1950s most military households had a Japanese housekeeper. It was very inexpensive to hire a Japanese woman to do household chores at that time, but my Mother would have none of that. "I prefer to clean my own house" she would say.
Living in a military household had it's benefits and it's problems. Probably the biggest problem was the home inspection that occurred when you were ready to move on to the next location. Once you packed up your belongings and were moved out, a military inspection would take place in your former home. Military personnel would come to your home and check to make sure you left it clean and undamaged. Most families would have their housekeeper do most or all of the cleaning. My Mother would do everything herself. When it came time to leave Japan, things were no different. She took care of all of the packing, and then set about cleaning our house. Everything was scrubbed and cleaned and she often was on her hands and knees in order to clean properly. When everything was finally cleaned and inspected, we moved to temporary housing until it was time to go.
Right before we left Japan, Yonashima-san, his wife and daughter came to our home with a gift for my parents. They had gone out and purchased a gift leaving my parents worried that they had spent too much of their money. They graciously accepted the gift. It would be the last time we would see Yonashima-san and his family.