30 September, 2011

Acupuncture 2

Meeting this acupuncture therapist was one of the best things that happened in my life.

The second time I saw him, he mentioned a little about tarot cards.

He was studying Carl Jung's psychology, and he said he was combining tarot card reading and psychology as part of his therapy.

An acupuncture therapist using tarot! It sounded so fascinating!

Knowing I was so excited by his stories, he gave me a deck of tarot.

A few weeks after that, I actually start working as a professional tarot reader.

It was amazing how one thing could change my life so dramatically. I didn't know anything about tarot, but I was able to do tarot reading. But I would never picked up a deck of tarot by myself. I guess I needed to meet him so that I can meet tarot.

I started feeling a lot better about myself with my new job, so I didn't have to see him so often after that. I was not very sure if he was a good therapist or not in those days. But what he did truly changed my life.

Yuji xxx

28 September, 2011

Acupuncture 1

Acupuncture is nothing scary. You just need to find a good acupuncture therapist.

One of the people who helped me a lot was an acupuncture therapist. That was almost 20 years ago.

I was under so much pressure when I started living alone, and I couldn't sleep very well.

Somebody introduced me to "a great acupuncture therapist."

The first time I visited him, I was very scared of the needles.

And the first thing he said was, "please lie down on the bed, relax and look stupid."

I followed his words, and tried to have a stupid face.

I took his words so seriously!

Then I started laughing like crazy. It was so silly of me to try so hard to look stupid on the bed!

I kept laughing and laughing for about 10 minutes. I couldn't stop!

"Then, you can keep laughing as much as you want!" 

And I kept laughing alone for some more...

It was the first time in my life to laugh so hard.  I am not sure if he was so good at acupuncture, but he started calling me "his sister," and he became one of the most important persons in my life.

To be continued....

Yuji xxx  

26 September, 2011

My Boy

This is my boy, 7 years old!

... of course NOT! lol

It's me, when I was very very young.

I don't really like it when people take photos of me. I always get nervous.

Looking at this old photo, even when I was a little boy, I felt nervous to be photographed.

I much prefer to hide behind my camera, and take photos of other people!

Yuji xxx

24 September, 2011

Made Fragile

I love taking photos of fences.

Please don't ask me why, I don't have an answer.

After having seen so many beautiful fences made of iron in Paris, London and some other cities in Europe, now I enjoy looking for bamboo fences in Tokyo.

Unlike iron fences, bamboo fences are fragile. But people fix them every time they get broken.

Somebody asked me why people make houses with wood and paper, when there are so many earthquakes in this country.

To my eyes, people in Japan traditionally don't have an idea to make houses to last hundreds of years.

Instead of making something solid and steady, they make houses with wood and paper.

When the houses are damaged, people just fix them, or build new ones.

Paper screens are very easy to get holes, and people fix them, or replace them with new ones.

There must be a good reason for them to make something fragile.

Don't ask me why. I don't have a clear answer.

Please just look at how this fence is made. The bamboos are tied together with thin ropes.

It's easy to be damaged, and easy to be fixed.

And an idea of "fighting with nature" doesn't exist with this fence.

Have a nice weekend, my friends!

Yuji xxx

18 September, 2011

Paris, The City of Love and Lights

It's been a while since I got back to Japan from Paris.

Every time I come back from other countries, I get jet lagged.

This time it was very serious, it took me about a month to heal.

It's was like, my body was in Tokyo, my heart was somewhere else, and my soul was back and forth between Tokyo and Paris.

I talked with a friend, a medical doctor about my jet lag problem.

His answer was simple.

"Yuji, you should stay jet lagged, because I know that you will go back to Paris again!"

Yuji xxx

16 September, 2011

Modern Japanese Culture

It seems like a lot of people are looking for information on modern Japanese culture, especially pop culture such as anime and manga.

Unfortunately I am not an expert when it comes to the "J pop culture."

There is a great web site for those of you who love that part of Japan.

Culture Japan


On the other hand, even in a big city like Tokyo, traditional culture can still be found. That makes Tokyo more interesting!

I took this photo near a Shinto shrine. I must say I was so glad to see lanterns turned on.

From this spring, the government was telling the people to save electricity. As the result, the whole city of Tokyo was dangerously dark at night. And a lot of events were cancelled.

Now the light has come back to Tokyo! Yeah!

15 September, 2011

Booted at a Japanese Tea House

Going to a Japanese Tea House wearing boots was a very bad idea.

But I kind of like this view. lol

Living in Japan, people often take off shoes.

A few days ago, I went to a Japanese restaurant with my friend. We had to take off our shoes to walk into a Tatami (straw mat) floor.

Today I went to a dental clinic. I had to take off my shoes and change to a pair of slippers.

If you are in Japan, you naturally have to be careful with your socks. You will be very embarrassed if your socks have holes in them!

11 September, 2011

Fukushima Update 11 Sep

This woman honestly told me that there are many people who move to different places, some people up in the North, and some near Tokyo, moving away from Fukushima.

But they are very fortunate ones who have choices to do so. Majority of the people don't.

I have heard that some fathers remain in Fukushima where they have their jobs, and send the family to a safer place.

I just cannot imagine what it feels like to be a father who remains alone in Fukushima, sending his wife and children to another place.

I think there is a lot of stories reported about people who love Fukushima and remain there because they were born and raised there, and they want to stay in Fukushima even though they are aware of the possible danger.

However... what is more import than their own well-being?

Is the local community, the city, or the country more important?

I don't have a clear answer. But it must be something each person should decide on their own. Their lives are theirs, the choices are for them to make.

The media in Japan make it look like it's a beautiful story that there are many people who are "willing to stay."

I wanted to write about the fact that it's not what all the people feel or believe in.

Peace and love to all the people on earth.

I love you. Yuji xxx

10 September, 2011

Fukushima Update 9 Sep

Okay, I should get started with the reports today. This is my Fukushima Report Part 1.

I have a good friend in Netherlands, who studied in Fukushima many years ago. He was very close to his Japanese host family.

He was so worried about them, although he tried to call them, they never answered the phone...

So, I helped him, and found their land line number, and called the host family from Tokyo myself, representing my friend.

Fortunately, all the family members were safe. Their house was on the hill side, so it was not damaged by Tsunami.

Needless to say, most Tsunami victims were people who lived close to the sea...

According to them, so many people in Fukushima are worried about the air.

Adults need to go out and work every day. But they cannot let children play outside. Their children are 3 years old, and 1 year old.

I wonder what kind of influence the children may get from staying home all the time?

I asked them "what about kindergartens?"

The answer was "they are the same, they don't let children play on the ground. Only inside the buildings."

Also, they are so worried about food. The adults keep eating the same locally produced food, but they cannot let the children eat the same food.

The government, and the old media keep telling us that "the level of the radiation is not so high that it will harm your health immediately."

Even if that is true, what will happen in a long fun?

As I mentioned a while ago, young people trust TV and newspapers less and less. Their main source of information is Twitter.

It was very good that I was able to talk to real people in Fukushima, and learn about the reality of their life.

To be continued...

Yuji xxx

09 September, 2011

Happy Friday!

I have been feeling somewhat strange in the past few weeks.

I just noticed it has almost been 6 months since the earthquake happened.

And I also noticed I didn't cry although I had enough reasons to cry.

I am going to rest most of the day tomorrow, working just a little bit.

Thank you for your interest in my stories and photos... I will be write the report from Fukushima very soon.

Yuji xxx

08 September, 2011

Having a break

I really wanted to write some reports from Japan on the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear victims today.

But it's such a heavy topic, and I wasn't feeling well enough to do it today.

Anyway, I am doing well in Tokyo, my friends. The night is getting brighter little by little. A lot of people stopped "saving power."

More tomorrow. Yuji xxx

07 September, 2011

Praying

I am going to write more about the situation in Japan very soon.

A lot of people here are living with big fears, but I want them to take a moment and pray for the best.

A lot of people are getting very negative around me, but the life goes on and one... until the last day.

Why not hope for the best, instead of expecting the worst?

Sending love and light to you...

05 September, 2011

This One's For You

Words are just not enough.

That is why people hold each other, kiss, dance, sing, etc.

I often consider photography is a great way to send love and light to a distant land.

Thank you for reading this... Yuji xxx

03 September, 2011

Bamboo Fence in Tokyo

I must admit it was very hard for me to take any photos since 11 of March, the day the earthquake hit Japan.

For a while, I wanted to capture Tokyo at night which was lot darker than before... but it was getting too sad for me too.

Just two days ago, I decided to capture the traditional Japanese beauty.

Not such a great shot, but there is a "Zen" feeling here.

This is like a great healing method for me, looking for "zen" inside my own heart.

Have a nice weekend, my friends.