Back from Japan

So sorry that I didn't post again while I was there. Between staying with friends and getting thins done I didn't have much downtime.

Also, as bad as it is I didn't take very many more pictures.

I'm thinking about writing my blog in Japanese and English starting from my next entry. This way I can share my upcoming adventures with more people. These adventures will likely be on Maui ( possibly other islands) because I have to stay put for some time to work and save for my next bug step- a plan that hasn't become clear yet.

Just a few more pictures! Including: an apartment up in smoke ( something like the 22nd floor); a cute Italian place and the lunch I had; beautiful Kobe sunset; my favorite coffee chain when I'm in Japan: Tully's; and my last meal before my flight- kitsune udon:)

Maui Love

Again, another couple weeks of not writing. I'm so bad. I've been trying to enjoy all that Maui has to offer now that I have a mode of transportation- a used car bought from a friend that moved to the mainland.

I have yet to go surfing even though it's been over three months since I've been here but I think I'll be going soon. Otherwise, I've been going to the beach often, a couple hikes, relaxing at home where it's nice and cool and meeting friends.

There are so many things about growing up on Maui that I've taken for granted and I don't want to do that anymore. So everyday I focus on what I'm grateful for. Maui and my home have allowed me to heal and rejuvenate in so many ways (many of which are probably not obvious to me yet). I know that it will be here whenever I want to come back. Which is why lately I feel a bit antsy to go somewhere/

I have goals and ambitions that are beyond Maui. I have a strong desire to live elsehwere and continue the work I was doing in Japan. However, I deeply feel that I am content with no longer living in Japan and have my eyes set on Europe. I'm hoping for the best. I will need to be a stronger and more courageous person than ever before but I have no doubt that things will work out. I just need to believe in myself and be who I am.

I can owe much of this strength to Maui and the love, inspiration, power and security it has provided. I will keep this with me wherever I go.

I will try to post pictures of my Maui adventures. My own laptop is still acting up so I hope I can do it do very soon.

Hope every one of you has a place in which you can call home and can gain everything you desire from it so that you too can pursue your dreams.

Home Sweet Home

Home is where the heart is. Cliche I know but it has never meant as much to me as it does now. It's be about six weeks since I came home from Japan. This time it isn't just a visit of a couple weeks but this time I'll stay put for some time. Which for me is likely to be a few months.

Hawaii, and specifically Maui, is full of beauty. Whether it's in the sky, in the sea or in between. The rain forests, open green fields, deep valleys or steep cliffs, volcanic craters, white sandy beaches, plentiful rainbows and so on. It is endless. And every moment and day brings instances of priceless beauty. After a couple years in the bustling, lively and metropolitan cities of Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo, the calm and natural beauty of Maui eases the depths of my heart and soul.

Every morning that it's sunny (which is almost everyday) I wake up to a breathtaking view of the island from my home and bask in the Hawaiian sun. The birds are really the only noise that I hear and it is these moments of near silence that I savor. I feel so grateful to have been born and raised on this island. In my teenage years I felt that Maui was small and there wasn't much more, beyond the 15+ years that I had spent, to be excited about. These sorts of thoughts were likely influenced by my annual visits to Japan in the summer where there was so much more stimulation and energy. But now that I'm a little older, I see that nothing can compare to being raised here. Maui, in its own way has an energy that comes from its people and its vast nature.

Yes, I still see aspects of what I didn't care for when I was younger, but now I see those things as less important as those aspects which are positive and continuously draw people from all around the world to visit or live here. There is the same internationalism that exists in many metropolitan cities just at a scale comparable to an island population. It isn't always so visible but if you search for it, you will undoubtedly find it all around. Hawaii is certainly multicultural, just look at its geography but it isn't just those cultural groups that came in the 18th and 19th century that exist today. Today there are people from the North America, South America, Europe and Asia. More specifically I know and recognize many South African, Italian, French, Swiss, Germans, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indian, Thai, Caribbean, Argentine, Brazilian, Mexican, Irish people. Quite the contrast from the ethnic groups say a 100 years ago: Hawaiian, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino.

All of these things and more allows me to love, admire and respect this 'aina' or land and its people. I'm so proud to call Maui home.