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Saturday, April 30, 2011

makeshift tokyo subway design

makeshift tokyo subway design for water leaks.
underground lotus pods!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flower Hope Japan wk-shop

2 weeks ago we held our charity wk-shop. We had around 15 visitors, and we made paper flowers of HOPE while enjoying freshly brewed coffee and fair trade chocolate.

make your own here:

Friday, April 15, 2011


If you ever travel to Japan to see the cherry blossoms, you really should stay for a month.
It's nice to notice the buds on the bare trees, watch the flowers bloom and then the petals flow away in the wind.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

the spirit of a 104 year old

Last night I heard the news of Takashi Shimokawara. A 104year old who was swept away by the tsunami. This story is a beautiful story of a man who lived life to the fullest any one could ever imagine. He was born in 1906. He was a highschool teacher until he retired in his 60's. After his retirement he almost lost himself in the midst of nothingness until he found "Shigin"(Japanese poetry that is usually chanted). He says that it brought him back to life.
Then at 98 he entered the World Masters Athletics and at 100 he held the world title for Shot put, Discus and Javelin throw. He trained every morning and completed all of his own house work.

He said, 'thinking about world titles and numbers doesn't work, it's when your body and heart come together that you can make magic'

Shimokawara san, ありがとう, thank you for your spirit. I am so happy to have had a glimpse into your life and story.