Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Corner View--Inner Child





 Daizenfu Tenmangu Shrine,
Fukuoka

Help your inner child to the flavour/color of your choice!

Mine choose Ume pink.  


Corner View, Inner Child, start
here

Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and ANNA for the theme.…this weeks theme is inner child~
ai♡ kawarazu 
jgy


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Corner View--Replace

Replace some of the milk in your morning pancake recipe with Mattcha Latte (Green Tea and Milk)
for a  summery Wa-Fu* breakfast treat!

和風=Wa Fu=
green tea pancake 

the pancake batter, with a little of matcha latte added,
looks like real Matcha Green Tea!!
Japanese Style!


Who`s  replacing what with what?  Find out at this weeks Corner View!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and ANNA for the theme.…this weeks theme is replace~. ai ♡
kawarazu JGY

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Corner View ^^^Growth~~~at the Nataraja field




I`ve been coming to this field now for some time, I called it `my` Nataraja Field`at the Oita River, you may remember some of my story, or even seen some of the video…I`ve been dancing there in a kind of prayer for the adjacent site has become a major construction site and I feel for the grass and the earth with all the digging and constructing.  Last time I was there I kissed a flower, one flower on a barren field.

  When I returned the other day and saw a whole field of wild orange sunny flowers have sprung up I could`t help but feeling that kiss, that dance, had something to do with all the growth!!  Look how the flowers are growing their way between the chairs, in a full circle around the tire in the centre, and filling the site with their radiance…kiss a flower near you and see what happens, you may even start believing in urban fairytales like I do:))


"God provides for these guys even though they do no work. How much more does He provide for us!"
--Ray Grodin 
(added this quote  which was speaking about a  field of wildflowers like the one above!  Thanks Ray !)

 Visit Corner View this week, the theme is Growth…

ai♡  kawarazu



JGY

Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and  COLE for the theme.…this weeks theme is growth~.
PS You can see that kiss if you click here, its kind of wild to have that photo (thanks to a corner view last fall) and then to see the same spot above with all the new growth.  Corner view is a nourishing place too where we can grow and share our personal journey stories xox

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Corner View--Gift




Today is a gift
whose gifts keep on giving
I pass my childhood flowers
returning every year
on this busy road
They don`t seem to care
what`s speeding by around them
They grow towards sky
Smile to us as we pass by
Return to earth and
do it all again


Flowers on the city streets are a gift !  These orange and yellow flowers  I have grown to know and love them, I call them my colors of my childhood flowers for some nostalgic reasons, and it seems a miracle to see them again as they return this time around each year !!  ai♡kawarazu jgy

Partake in the pleasure of  gifts from around the world at this weeks Corner View.
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and  Anna for the theme.…this weeks theme is gift~.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Corner View--1 year ago, 5 years ago, a story of Baptism and Dance








One year ago…

I never would have imagined that I`d be baptised.
I came to Japan seeking `Eastern` ways, a culture far from my own, was attracted to Zen, and almost went to India last winter on a spiritual journey…when all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, came the call to attend Church!

 One thing led to another and my Baptism took place on March 31st just a few months ago.  In true Oita style, I was immersed in the family bath at a hot springs bath (onsen) near where I live,  in the presence of some close `family` members of our Oita international church.


Five years ago…

 I never would have imagined that my life would bring me to dance.
I never danced or even thought of dancing.  Me?  Dance?  no correlation.   I remember seeing a post on Janes blog (our CV founder!) about how she loved to dance in her room, and I though wow, how wonderful to it would be to feel that free.  I remember that being so foreign to me to dance in my room, and that dance itself was not even in my adult vocabulary.  Not long after that the `call` to dance came to me seemingly out of no where.   I had no intention to be a yoga dance teacher but somehow at the last minute signed up for the Shake Your Soul teacher training at Kripalu.  The the rest of my dance story is, I think, history (her story),  as you all know I can`t stop dancing and dance everywhere in my everyday life since then!

The moral of this story is truly, we really never know!! The things that call us take us by surprise, don`t they?!

Now…
 I`m feeling a call to put these two loves together in something I just found out exists called worship dance and prophetic dance.  Its completely new to me and yet I feel ready to find the way in to dance for God.  Does anyone have any experience with prophetic dance?  I`d be happy to hear if you have met with it in any way on your journeys!


And writing this post I found this site of worshipdance , can you picture me like this in one year from now?!!



Show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light."  I Peter 2:9b  

What has 1 year and 5 years mean for you?  Happy Corner Viewing!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and  Cole for the theme.…this weeks theme is one year ago, five years ago~.


ai♡ kawarazu
jgy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CV virtual pot luck party!





Its a pot luck party on this weeks Corner View!
What fun, to share a dish  with you!
I`m bringing GOYA Chanpu-ru!

 its a summer seasonal dish in Japan, popular from Okinawa.
Goya is a vegetable that looks like a zucchini or cucumber,
 grows on vines, has a characteristic prickly skin and a bitter taste!
But if you soak it first in salted boiling water, the bitterness comes out, and its amazingly surprising to find how delicious this dish is, and easy to make.

(it is also supposed to take away summer tiredness and give you stamina)


All are invited, enjoy and  follow these links to this weeks corner view and enjoy the virtual feast!
If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it below.
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and COLE for the theme.…this weeks theme is the virtual party~.

ai♡kawarazu
TC
( just changing my initials for this week in honour of the Tiger Chestnut butterflies! who passed through Oita this month)

I made a trip to Himeshima to see the butterflies who migrate from Okinawa to Hokkaido and stop in many places along the way.  Hundreds of butterflies were said to have stopped there, but we were a little late and they had gone.  But amazingly, we saw one (or three, or one three times!).  Why only one stayed behind?  I felt lucky to meet her, and of course to have a dance with her before she goes.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Have you noticed the air lately?  These early summer late spring eves.
Bathed in Holy Spirit, making everything clear and luminous.
At dusk, music is even piped in.
The water and the sky are silvery and its so smooth to ride on my bicycle.
Makes me want to get off my bike and dance beneath the moon, waxing and glowing in the
still blue sky…
When I do…dance…I realise, oh, the music is coming from my own back pack!

Happy waxing moon days and nights to all!
ai ♡kawarazu
JGY

PS transitional notes:  my computer is full and I can`t  seem to empty it, can`T post videos or images for now, feeling the need to clear out everything, thinking of changing my name…
 to something like Tiger Chestnut. 
My initials though would no longer be JGY , but TC…what do you think?!

Monday, June 2, 2014

God speaks in shades of Pink

Where will I find you
God today
My eyes are open
to you I pray
for a sign or a door
a rainbow or
a star
Voila, there it is,
your hot pink car!
The girl who gave me directions
held a golden bag
Today`s search for you
  is a colourful tag
And the next stop on this train was just announced
Murasaki!
紫 
Purple!!


(only on a day when God is in pink could there be station stop whose name is Purple!!)

 I wrote the above poem yesterday on the train to Fukuoka to take  a Butoh dance workshop.
Still feeling the pink speaking to me from the hydrangeas and azaleas... 
…which colour is speaking most to you today?!
ai♡ kawarazu
jgy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Corner View~~~What makes me Happy



Can anybody guess?!
Yes!
Dance Walking!  

It`s become more than happiness, its a form of bliss!  I love going outside, and dancing in a park, in the streets, on my way to `work` (which is sometimes also dance), by myself, with the sun, with the trees, engaging with passersby..and lately having people join in is extra happiness because it makes others happy too.

If you haven`t visited my You Tube channel, please do. Over the past year and a half since I started dance walk, I have posted almost 50 videos!! I`m slowing down a little on the videoing, but I haven`t slowed down on the dance walking.   It`s a form of transportation, a form of exercise, and expression.  And most of all its
a way to spread  happiness , open hearts, and to `stop` and connect with nature.

The song playing on this video is the Happy song by Pharrel Williams.  His music makes me happy too.  Thank you `nakama` (friends) from Yuu for the dance.

What makes you happy?  Visit this weeks corner view for happiness around the world.
 Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and KRISTIN for the theme.…this weeks theme is what ~makes you happy?~.

ai kawarazu
jgy



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