I am exhilarated!  Day two of our bus pilgrimage along the Kumano Shrine path was so filled with the most wonderful experiences that both my mind and heart are racing each other to put it all in perspective.  While we did hours on the bus, we also hiked; hiked a LOT! We left the Seigantoji…

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Almost directly east of Osaka is the charming little town of Nara.  Between the eighth and 10th of April Nara was my home.  Not only is this town charming, it was once the capitol of Japan in the 8th century, and has awe-inspiring temples and shrines everywhere.  If you find yourself in the area, and…

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If you look around the internet, it won’t take you long to find images of Cherry Blossoms popping out all over Japan.  Each photo is more beautiful than the last one, and believe me, being surrounded by the Sakura touches something deep within my soul.  Maybe it is a past life thing.  What has caught…

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My first full day in Japan for the spring 2018 tour was made so very extra-special by my support team here in Fujiomiya.  After a well earned night’s sleep we went off on an adventure!  Some of these photos feature the cherry blossoms, which are just beginning in this part of Japan.  If you have…

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For the past three months I have been enjoying my cozy little home here in Southern California.  Brian and I have added in a trip to Albuquerque to meet some wonderful new friends, and took a brief holiday in Las Vegas to celebrate the second anniversary of our American wedding, but for the most part…

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You will not often hear me making an affirmation using a “Don’t” word, but I wanted to catch your attention!  This past weekend Ashtar spoke at a session here in Southern California where he addressed what so many of us feel looking at, or reading the news.  It is so easy to get caught up…

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My fall 2018 tour of Japan is now complete.   I am boarding a flight to Hawaii for a few days of simply living, but my smile is both sad and happy.  I am sad to leave behind so many wonderful people who have shared their love with me these past three months, yet I am…

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Right now I am in the charming little city of Fujinomiya, which, as the name suggests is right at the foot of Mount Fuji, one of the most revered symbols of Japan.  Mt. Fuji is often shy, not showing its beautiful self, and today was one of those days.  We (Yuka san, Chiharu san and Megumi…

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In the far northern Prefects of Japan is the delightful City of Sapporo.  For those who think Japan is Japan is Japan, this is one of those places that show how diverse this beautiful country is.   While Tokyo was steamy and hot, I arrived in Sapporo to blessedly rainy skies and temperatures in the…

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I apologize for the lack of postings the past few days.  We have been traveling.  Akron, Ohio to Chicago, Ill, then on to Haneda International airport in Tokyo.  It is certainly not the longest travel day I have ever had, but 22 hours from my bed in Ohio to my bed in Tokyo is long…

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