Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Corner View--Love in this Corner

Home-made Happy Set
Even the buns
are made with Love!


Happy almost Valentines Day!!  Love in corners around the world can be found at this weeks Corner View. Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Kari! for the theme this week, Love in your corner.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Corner View- Rainbow Mt. Fuji poem

R-O-Y -G. -B - I - V
rainbow stripes
for Mt. Fu-ji

This week`s Corner View theme is a poem
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and... me and Ibabe ! for the theme.
amazingly and without knowing it, Ibabe and I, who were joined together for the theme by Francesca`s intuition,
both posted Hokusai images of Mt. Fuji! 

ai♡ kawarazu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Corner View---My Dream Walk

         To walk by the side of the Lord and gaze on his beauty all the days of my life.
                                                          To seek him in his dwelling, to dance for him...

and make music for the lord!

                                      -- from Psalm 27

Taking steps towards my dream,
I have officially begun a year long training in Dancing for Him.
Its so exciting to meet beautiful spirits all over the world who are doing worship dance, a new world that has opened up to me in the past year.  The photos above are taken in Kunisaki at an art installation by Tadashi Kawamata (Kibe Project) which was part of the Kunisaki Art Festival. 

This week`s Corner View theme is Sushi...I mean, dream walk!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.
ai♡ kawarazu

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sushi Magic

 Like the loaves and then the fish
Sushi first was just one dish
and then it multiplied!

This week`s Corner View theme is Sushi...I mean, favorite plate!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.
ai♡ kawarazu

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hatsu Corner View--Twinkle

Rise, sun
The clouds are
the Lamb

That`s my first (`hatsu`) poem of the new year! 

In Japan it is a tradition on the New Year to watch the first sunrise of the year on January 1st,

初日の出=Hatsu hi no de (pronounced =hot-su-he-no-day)=first sunrise.

The prefix `hatsu` means `first` and gets attached to all new experiences in the new year, such as first sunrise, first dream, first shrine visit, first sales at the stores, and then we use it for any and all first experiences!

We go every New Year`s to Hotojima, the fishing island where my husband is from and where his family lives.  This year it was a dramatic first sunrise, as we had an unusual `white New Year` with snow, big waves and Lamb-like clouds.  The third picture is taken at basically the same time as the other two, it is amazing how the effects of the sun are so different taken from the same spot but in a different direction.  I love how the sunrise twinkled radiant ripples on the ocean.

This years first Corner View theme of the year is `twinkle`.  Enjoy your `hatsu-corner-view` and many wonderful firsts of the year!!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.

ai♡ kawarazu

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Year of the Lamb!

It`s the year of the Lamb!
Happy New Year!
Love and Blessings to you in 2015!

ai♡ kawarazu jgy

Saturday, December 27, 2014

the dancing Gingerbread post

Making a year in gingerbread has become my tradition over the years.
Its one of the things I started in my first years in Japan when I got homesick for certain foods that are particularly American.  Even though when I lived in America I never had gingerbread cookies and  never had such a tradition at all! I wonder where the idea came from, but I do know that when Y was about 2 I decided we`d have an American holiday and somehow that meant baking gingerbread cookies.  At that time we didn`t even have an oven, so our first gingerbread baking was a fun and festive time as we brought the dough to a friends house and she supplied the oven and some happy helpers to decorate shape and try our first round of gingerbread!!

The rest is gingerbread history. The dough that once made a dozen now makes maybe close to 100!  It stretches and grows and dances and the cast of characters too has expanded to include the Holy family, Olaf, butoh dancers (the batch of gingerbread butoh dancers were eaten before I remembered to photograph them!), worship dancers, angels,  sheep (this new year will be the year of the sheep!), three kings, David (biblical dancer and King!), butterflies and of course dancing Santas.

The recipe is Melissa`s Gingerbread Cookies from Martha Stewart`s Christmas Cookbook.

My jgy secret variations are two:  1.  I use fresh grated ginger instead of the powdered ginger, and , 2.  I make them dance!! Enjoy!!

Love and Merry Christmas and a beautiful joy-filled season to all!

                                                                         thank you!
ai kawarazu♡ jgy                                                                            Arigatoo  by Y!

May visions of gingerbread dance in your head as the last days of 2014 roll out!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Corner View--In my Birthday Suit

It`s my birthday eve!...
The girl on the edge of her cup*
and me at the edge of two years
invite you to take with us
 a bath party with bubbles and cheers!

May you be showered with blessings and your bath overflow with Love as you visit around the world at this weeks Corner View!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.{bathroom or shower room}

*コップのフチ子 = Cup no Fuchi-ko  = Girl on the edge of her cup
ai kawarazu

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Corner View--Attendance

Perfect attendance.


Lately sleepovers are un-planned.  The day before Y asked if a few friends can sleep over.
Three total, including her.

I stay out of the picture for the most part, except to make the pancakes.
As three girls enjoy a little independence, camping out in Y`s room.

`Attendance` was this weeks them at Corner View.  Sorry I am late!!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Susanna for the theme.

ai ♡kawarazu

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Corner View--Open Doors

Take note of the open doors
hope there`s lots of happiness in store
beyond each and every one!

Here are some highlights from a day this week when I went in search of open doors !

Two trees make a glorious portal looking out over the sea overlooking the island of Himeshima 

An open door in a Japanese garden, pointing to splendors of autumn colors

So open on all sides!!

At the end of the day a surprise meeting with someone we knew, on a mountaintop!  She opened the door to her car which was painted with a message of Love!!

And one more, I will see if I can find the photo to follow, I went to a new pool this week and a door to the pool locker room was painted in bright green, and was left open.  On it was a sign in Japanese that said `Do not shut the door!`.

I like that message and metaphor, especially as we are preparing to enter into a new leave doors open !! See doors opening around the world at this weeks Corner View!

Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding,this weeks theme is Open Doors

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