Monday, September 28, 2015

Hats off to the Full Moon!

Today is the Chuushuu no Meigetsu (the harvest moon / 中秋の名月)as it is known in Japan, or `Super Moon` as it is known elsewhere.

Last night it was pretty super as well.

We found our special way to observe the tsuki-mi (moon-viewing) night.  We were seated at a full-moon-side table at the beer garden at the recently opened rooftop of Oita Station.

When my daughter chose the spot for a celebration of a few occasions, we hadn`t realized that the Lord had the table picked out for us to see the moon a`rising just when we got our appetizers!

He orchestrated the evening for us and it became a night of puns and lightness.
I had  a feeling of the Holy Spirit just wanting to play as he showed us the simple pleasures of being with each other--as husband, wife and daughter.
My daughter played around with making visual puns in the photos, like her hat on the moon, and me dancing with a stick of buta-bara `yakitori`, as she in her sushi shirt and bowler hat was our creative director of the evening.  Perhaps not the typical photos of what you see in Japanese moon-viewing, but what I love about living in Japan is how the living moment is what is the true Japan.  Since being called to Jesus here in Japan a year and half ago, I no longer think of anything as being `set` in terms of what `Japan` is.  Instead where we are seems to open us up anew to being in  moments specially created for us by God!

Teenage years come with their challenges .  This is the Silver Anniversary year in our marriage !
I thank our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit for healing in  families.
Thank you for working in us to love ourselves and each other and teaching the importance of  sticking together through thick and through thin. 

Hats off  to families, to You.  Enjoy the Full Moon!

one of the punny photos, dancing with buta-bara (yakitori) and moon

creative teenager in a sushi shirt, thanks for taking the photos!!

 the moon through cha-soba (green tea buckwheat noodles)

ai♡ kawarazu

Friday, August 7, 2015

Recipe: To Start*

Take 1 part Mark 4:30 and 1 part James 4:8 as follows!

All we need is
a mustard seed
that small amount
of faith

Then watch
His amazing ways
as He draws near
 to us!

*Poem combining 2 scriptures
Inspired by sitting by our verandah this morning, looking at the morning glories.  The sound of cicadas was even stronger than usual, and suddenly I realized the cicadas were so near, they were right on the morning glory vine!  It reminded me that if I hadn`t planted the seed to grow the morning glory, the cicadas would not have come so near, the same way the parable of the mustard seed speaks of the way we start with such a tiny bit of faith, as small as a mustard seed.

I have been drawing the morning glories a lot this week, and that brought me to James 4:8, which says, "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you."  As the week went on the morning glories seemed to draw me closer and closer to God as the sound of the cicadas came closer and closer and inspired the poem above.

ai ♡kawarazu

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Corner View--Twilight--Mt. Fuji

My friend Cai took these photos on our way down the mountain.
Looking at them now, I see the characteristic line of Mt. Fuji,
and can`t quite figure out how we could see that view when we were `On` that view.
I think its part of the amazing mountain and how it reveals itself in  mysterious ways!!
Going down the mountain is also `fushigii` (不思議)(wonder-ous).
We were reallly thrilled to see twilight  from Mt. Fuji.
To see twilight around the world, visit this weeks Corner View!
Thanks to Kellyn for the theme today!

ai ♡kawarazu jgy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Morning Glory and Sunflower and Psalm 143

Dear Lord,

All my posts are letters to you.
You show your Glory all day through!
Thank you for the sunflower, planted for my mom Jane, it opened!
And the first morning glory opened just the next day,
so there they are, the two of them, looking towards the sun.
Like you say through David in Psalm 143,
the morning brings word of your unfailing Love.

When I woke up this morning and saw those two blooming,
I heard those words of David spoken.
And then in the early evening, the morning glory was still radiating your Glory, and the moon appeared out of the blue.
Thank you for speaking to us through your word and through your creation,
let us sing your praises for this glorious day!


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
For I have put my trust in you.      ---Psalm 143:8


           ー詩編 143:8

Psalm 143:18,starting to add scripture in Japanese is good  to both start to study the Bible in Japanese and to practice my Japanese writing!  Still a long way to go in both!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Morning after Mt. Fuji

It was the morning after the first time I climbed Mt. Fuji... I was so full of joy for having climbed the great mountain...
I took my pink streamer and went into Shinjuku Central Park...
I wanted to thank the Lord
and share my joy.


レンゾさん達ありがとうございました。 コンビのTOP BOYの成功をお祈りします!

 Introducing Renzo , blessings to him and his up and coming combi, Top Boy.

music:  Life Begins, by John Fluker
From the album THE SOUND OF PEACE

`Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.`   ---Micah 4:2

 ai ♡kawarazu 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Corner View-- A trilogy in Overgrown

!. Our apartment is getting too small for the sleepovers!  
Last night seven of Y`s high school friends came in single file to stay the night, the first day of summer vacation.  The guests have overgrown our accommodations, but they seemed to have fun even packed into one room for sleeping:) 

!!.  The morning glory is growing over the top of the trellis my husband made , and is growing towards and around our laundry lines on the verandah!

!!!.  The Yukatta is one size to fit all frames.  It appears to be overgrown as it is taller than most anyone who wears it, however its specialness is that it is one size fits all and by gathering the fabric up to your own size and tying some under-strings and then the Obi, it will be perfectly sized to all sizes.
Find out what is overgrown around the world starting at Francesca`s at this weeks Corner View!  Thank you Mezza for this week`s theme .

ai kawarazu♡ jgy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Corner View--Morning Heavenly Heights

Morning Light---Majestic Mt Fuji from the window of 6AM bus from Tokyo

Heavenly Heights!  Above the clouds on Mt. Fuji.

After 16 years living in Japan,  I climbed up Mt. Fuji! Thank you Lord I never could have done the climb up Mt. Fuji without you and my wonderful `armor-bearer` friend.  You favored us with perfect weather.  You made it possible that I could go up with no gear, only the flags and some onigiri and nuts in my pocket,  carrying water and a few other basics tied around my waist!!  Thank you that we could enjoy such a heavenly day and proclaim your Glory, from morning light... to heavenly heights!! 

Come, Let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, 
to the temple of the God of Jacob.  --Micah 4:22 




--- ミカ 4:22

To see morning light around the world, visit this weeks Corner View!
Thanks to Kellyn for the theme today! ai ♡kawarazu jgy

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Corner View--Routine

In Japan, high school students need to bring their lunch to school.  Since Y entered High School this spring (in Japan the school year starts in April), a new part of my routine has been to prepare her BENTO* each day. 
Most mothers make the bento in the morning but I make it at night, sometimes when Y is already sleeping!  I enjoy doing it because High School is a time of `oya-banare` (separating from family), and somehow making her bento is a way to stay connected these teenage years.  As she opens her lunch I hope she will feel nourished by the little specially prepared `o-kazu`s (small side dishes) and rice.

to break up the routine, try making sausages into hearts and cutting letters and shapes out of nori (dried seaweed)!

This weeks Corner View theme is Routine.  One challenge when I think of routine is how do we keep something we do everyday interesting and filled with love?
Find out what it means around the world starting at Francesca`s at this weeks Corner View!
Thanks to Mezza for the theme today!
*BENTO  means Japanese style lunch box, and usually includes several small side dishes and rice and arranged in a `Bento Box` to take on the go for school, work, or picnic outings;  sandwiches and bread are also sometimes used in bentos, as the variations are endless
ai ♡kawarazu  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Corner View--Paths

My daughter Y is in her first year at High School.  Today I went on a bus tour that was for the mothers of High School students to see some of the colleges in our area as our `kids` are preparing for what PATH they will be taking after graduation. At the moment Y prefers to get a job right away.  Even though she is not planning to go to college,  I wanted to go just to see what they are like.

This photo is from the day in Ohori Park in Fukuoka, the same day as the heron post below.  I love the path there that wraps around the lake, and those swan boats always make me feel nostalgic.  Thank you so much for all your comments last week, I was excited to find out there are so many heron lovers around the world!

About paths, one other thing as you all know me so well, can you guess what I want to do when I come upon a new path or even an old well-traveled path?!  Yes, you guessed it, I will dance!! 

To see where PATHS  lead around the world, visit this weeks Corner View!
Thank's to Mezza for the theme today!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Corner View---Monochrome, A surprise sighting in a field of green

 On a day trip to Fukuoka to go to the American Embassy,  I was surprised to see 
 so much of one color--green! right in the middle of city.
And in the center of the green, another surprise.

Can you see them there, far across in the trees ?


It`s a heron`s nest!
Three baby herons almost ready to fly.
Their gray feathers
in a field of green
 caught my eye

 And there is the mom, taking a rest...then
see how she flies, back to the nest! 

  See monochrome around the world at this weeks Corner View!
Thank's to Mezza for the theme today!

ai ♡kawarazu 






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