I apologize you for my long, long absence from this blog and also I would like to express my gratitude to Val for allowing me to keep writing my part here. As Val mentioned in her post, I created another blog in Japanese in April, although I have not been able to update it yet, due to a family problem. The main reason I started the Japanese blog is to share the concept of "Beautify and Pacify", FACE TO FACE.
Sharing positive thoughts and viewpoints is valuable, especially in this confusing world.
Having read all of Val's recent posts, I really reaffirm my connections with her. I found myself nodding my head as I read each post. Beauty and Peace ARE always here, in an every single thing we do in our everyday life, and it depends on ourselves whether if we find them and enjoy them or not. I really feel them through taking care of my mother who has been in the hospital.
As Val and Nancy say, every choice we make IS the key to make our world beautiful and peaceful.
I hope to continue to move on to our/my purpose, both on this blog and on my Japanese blog.
Lastly, I would like to share some photos with you from an event called Children's Day (or sometimes Boy's Festival) in Japan, which is held on May 5th. It was for celebrating boys but now it has become a day to celebrate children in general. The event has already passed and though my photos are not timely, I did tell you I would talk about it just before I took my long absense, so I'm glad to be able to share these photos here.
Also, if you come to Japan in May, you will see carp streamers everywhere, flying in the blue sky. Carp have the strength to swim up waterfalls. So, from ancient times, parents have prayed for the success of their children in life. Traditionally, the event was for boys, but towards girls or boys, the thoughts of moms and dads have been the same: Happiness, good health and success... They all come from their deep LOVE!!!