Today is the big day of people living in America, or maybe in entire world…. inauguration 2017…
Sometime we feel fear when it comes something not known, or change that will affect our life,
I feel very afraid and worry about America and world today…
As I am a small business owner and an immigrant, and making and selling Japanese product in United State of America.
What will change for import duty? What will change foreign currency?
Small business tax? health insurance? Humans rights? Women’s right? etc. etc….
I have been very concerned and sensitive for these topics last few months.
And today…. I am very depressed… not like typical me….
I love America and New York very much, giving me so much Hope to live in my dream here.
No place like in New York, each of people has all different back ground, races, culture, language etc etc….
and we all mingled nicely and equally.
All my wishes are, We can have Hope, Love, Peace and Equality for every single person living their life in this world.
I am wishing that we could enjoy beautiful Cherry Blossom in D.C. this coming Spring, where all trees are came from Japan and standing there very long time peacefully….
Sending Heart cards and Tenugui to the survivors of Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project booth at Hong Kong International School on April 16th
Full of Hearts made by HKIS students
wearing I HEART JAPAN Tenugui to show support for Japan!
Thank you for your BIG help for Japan
Receiving Kokoro Cards and Tenugui from all over the world….
Fukkou Shokudo is the event to support the survivors, serving foods, present performances and supplies.
Fukkou means Reconstruct, and Shokudou means Restaurant... They serve warm foods and variety of performances to the survivors.
100 of Kokoro cards and Tenugui set on the table
The survivors received your Kokoro cards and Tenugui
Man Do E (ten thousands lights memorial service) in Ishinomaki, Iwate on September 11th
memorial service for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami after six months from the disasters
Massage service to the survivors by volunteers under the tents
foot bath service for the survivors under the tent
photo time with Bravo Nakatani (magician) and Kokorocards with tenugui
Thank you very much for your support?of I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project. We sent a total 131 Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors as of today.
Our first delivery was Kiri Kiri, Ootsui-cho, Iwate on June 12th. They had an event called “Fukkou Shokudo”, “Fukkou” means “Reconstruct”, and “Shokudo” means “Restaurant”. They are a supporting organization of Japan earthquake and Tsunami, visiting town to town, and serve warm foods and present performances to the survivors. On June 12th, they visited Ootsui-cho, and more than 300 visitors came to the event to enjoy foods and entertainment.
Niikawa-osho is a priest of the Ho-sho-ji temple, Akita and he attended as a volunteer staff to the Fukkou Shokudo, and?brought your Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors. He told me that all kokoro cards and tenugui went to their hands?within ten minutes after setting them on the table. They enjoyed the touch of Tenugui, and also received your Kokoro then.
Amazing musicians Ria and Norishige came to Fukkou Shokudo that day. Norishige came from Kiri Kiri, and he lost his family members?during the?Tsunami. He found a guitar under the rubbled house, and made a song “Let’s walk” ….
Our second delivery was September 11th to Ishinomaki-city, Iwate. It was a memorable day in the U.S., and also Japan. They had a special memorial service called “Man-Dou-E”in Kyu-den-ji Soto-shu Buddhist Temple after six months of the disaster. “Man” means “ten thousands” and “Dou” means “Light”, and “E” means “service. Ten thousand lights were lighting up in the temple, Buddhist priests made prayers to the people that lost their life by the Tsunami.
Temple provided foot bath and massage service to the survivors after the memorial service, and also music and magic performances on the stage.
Niikawa-osho and Akita Soto-shu Buddhist temple Youth Association organized this event, and brought your Kokoro cards and tenugui to the survivors.
As each day past, we could see progress of reconstruction in the city, though people’s hearts will take a very long time to heal?from the?losses of family members and friends, losses of houses and the living they had before the earthquake… I hope our little support will bring them a piece of warmthand comfort, and sending messages to the survivors… We are with you always.
We continue our I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Projectas long as we can. We need your support, and let us help to send your care messages and Tenugui to the survivors.
My prayers are with you and the people who have a?very difficult time….
Japan Art Matsuri 2008 at the Polish & Slavic Center Greenpoint Brooklyn photo by Motoyuki Ishibashi
We joined Japan Art Matsuri 2008 (JAM2008) last November in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. JAM is an annual Japanese contemporary festival that is organized by Faune Dance Trope, who were celebrating 6th season. Many talented Japanese performers such as musicians, dancers, and artists who live in New York get together and share their amazing performances. This was our first show with JAM and we are so proud of ourselves to be their Tenugui vendor. I surely enjoyed showing our Tenugui Art and watching such energetic performances with an audience. It was the most remarkable Japanese festival for talented young artists in New York.
I would like to thank very much the Faune Dance Trope and JAM supporters that gave us a great opportunity. And many thanks to all the performers and the audience for sharing your great spirit with us… and bringing me a big smile!
kimono de Night at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Kimono de Night is a monthly event that is organized by Feather Stone LLC ( Kumi Haneishi/President ). Most of the event members are Ms. Haneishi’s students and have taken lessons “HOW TO WEAR KIMONO YOURSELF”. Kimono is part of Japan’s great culture, that has many traditional values as well as complicated rules. It sounds silly but most of my generation can’t wear Kimono by ourselves even though we grew up in Japan. That was true for myself until I met Kumi-sensei.
She creates these events for the Kimono Lovers in New York to enjoy the Art of Kimono and also to encourage them to wear it themselves. So, we get together once a month with our beautiful Kimonos and have dinner or go to see performances like Opera, Dance, or even a comedy show. I always enjoy her events with my kimono, that has been handed down in my family that have many memories and stories. For instance, my mother wore it when she visited her future mother-in-law (my grandma) the first time, my aunt wore it when she came to see new born baby (me), and my grandmother wore it when she attended the ceremony of my grandfather’s receiving emperor’s medal… all Kimono are so special for me. And see! I use my Tenugui on my Kimono collar and enjoy my own style now. I am sure my Kimono is smiling the same as I do… and Yes, here in New York!
My dearest Kumi-sensei and Me! I use my Tenugui on my Kimono collar as a new style.
January 20, 2009… It was a moment of history in the United State. I don’t like to watch too much TV, because it is too much information to me and also so negative. But I watched all day during inauguration and saw big shinny smile on all of America’s face. We all have many difficult problems and bad days in the midst of crisis. But I do believe that each of our SMILES will help us bring HOPE to pursue the new coming days…
I would like to send short stories to you on this special day…
I often ask myself “what is the meaning of life?”, and I have never had an answer for it.
I saw a homeless man was sleeping on the other side of platform when I wait for my subway to work every morning. He was always there on the same spot at the station and I just wondered what the meaning of life meant to him…
The night before Christmas, I was standing in my same place?at the station but he was not there …
Union Square Holiday Market
We have many different faces and life...
I went to the Holiday Market at? Union Square last week. Many colorful vendors tents show us holiday cheers, even while?we have been struggling during these bad economy situations.
A weired looking old man was sitting on the stairs with his layerd rotten clothes and looked at me. I thought that he wanted to ask me for a quater or a penny, instead he gave me the most beautiful smile and said; “Happy Holidays!” I was shocked by his holiday greeting instead of asking me for some change, and soon I was embarrassed myself… Then he said; “Have a nice day, Lady!” I smiled and said; “Happy Holidays!”
the statue of liberty from the riverside park
It’s the Kippenbrock’s Christmas tradition to watch the movie “It’s a wonderful life” on the Christmas Eve since 1995. I skipped a few Christmas since I moved to New York but I watched it this year. As you know, this movie shows us Christmas Blessing, Family Bond… etc. I found a very important message last night that I had never gotten before… “What would this world be like if you were not here?”
I went to see Milk, the movie about Harvey Milk?this afternoon. I was deeply touched about him and his life, and it made me think about Life, Religion, Human Rights, and HOPE. I think that religion and politics should not be talked about at the same place, but unfortunately it happens often. Harvey Milk’s great work was not just for gay rights but for all people and their equality. He left us with “H-O-P-E” in our hearts.
Many good and unexpecting things have been happening in the world. “LIFE” and “HOPE” …?
I believe that each one of us has special meaning and I wish that we will always have “HOPE” in our hearts.??
These movies were perfect to see on this special day, and with my special one… Thank you for being here…
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2008
Radio City on Christmas Day
Thank you very much for all your supports to us and Tenugui this year.
Best Wishes to all…. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
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