02 March, 2014


The 3rd:

Last week, while I was out walking by the lake, head down and listening to music, I noticed something on the road. It was a cell phone strap with a golden horse and a golden bell. The bell had been crushed by a car but the horse was in good nick. It was a keeper.

The following day at practice, the girls had Japanese music playing and there was one song I had not heard before so I asked the name of it. It was called "GOLDEN AGE" by Def Tech.  A theme for March was borne.

Today was a new week in a new month and I had a meeting scheduled near Kyoto Station with a Tokyo-based Radio/TV Journo, Hirofumi Nakano. He is preparaing a magazine article on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I've known Hiro for 5-6 years, so it was a 'work and play' catch up combo. Japanese value time, every second in fact, so when the meeting starts at 2pm you are ready to go at 1:45pm. "In-Time" they say. A good habit to respect. I made sure I was "In-In-Time" and sat in a little coffee shop preparing info and feelings I thought Hiro would really like to use in his piece. In the middle of constructing my own piece, I glanced up and noticed a young man sitting at the table opposite me. It was his cap that stole my attention. The symbol on the cap, more precisely. I hesitated and thought I'd let it slide but my devotion to an "Intense Life" got the better of me so I moved over and struck up conversation. He purchased the cap in San Francisco and the brand was "New Era". I had never heard of them before so when I got home tonight and researched the company, I found the company but I could not find a photo of his particular cap + design anywhere? I actually thought the symbol was the logo for "New Era"? It isn't, it's just a rare production item, so I've drawn it myself. For whatever reason, I found it captivating. 

Hirofumi is a man of such interesting content and delivery, I could sit and talk to him all day. We spent 1 1/2 hours together and the actual interview only took 20 minutes. Most of our enthusiasm was absorbed by the giant sponge of World Upheaval - namely Thailand, Turkey and the Ukraine. Hiro was scheduled to report out of Kiev closer to election time in May but due to current developments, he thinks he'll be shipped out sooner.  It felt deficient to talk Sport with so much social unrest shaking our planet. Utilizing 'on-the-ground' contacts in Kiev, Hiro had a spike in enthusiasm when he commented on the Ukrainian Uprising "I've never seen anything like this before!" Then, it was as if Putin himself sat down at the table next to us and ruined the party. There is a lot of bad in the world but there is a lot of magic too. Reality is what we all believe and what we're open to and for the most part, magic doesn't get a look in. This sentiment left me with one last stop before I returned to my apartment tonight. Hiro put me in a taxi after a happy hug and a warm goodbye. (The taxi driver I landed knew every back street and side alley in Kyoto. I felt like I was sitting on the back of a rat, enjoying a secret Kyoto Neighbourhood Jaunt!)








The 4th:

I could never give to the Ego something my soul, my mother's soul, her mother's soul and probably her mother's soul dreamt up, drilled deep and dug dirty for - a quiet fight for Love. The Soul Eternal.


The 5th: A beautiful piece shared by Paulo Coelho



During his whole life, the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba, The Last Temptation of Christ) was an absolutely coherent man.

Although he touched on religious themes in many of his books – such as an excellent biography of Saint Francis of Assisi – he always considered himself a confirmed atheist.
Well, this confirmed atheist wrote one of the most beautiful definitions of God that I have ever come across:

“We gaze with perplexity at the highest part of the spiral of force that governs the Universe.
“And we call it God.
“We could give it any other name: Abyss, Mystery, Absolute Darkness, Total Light, Matter, Spirit, Supreme Hope, Supreme Despair, Silence.
“But we call it God, because only this name – for some mysterious reason – is capable of making our heart tremble with vigor.

“And let there be no doubt that this trembling is absolutely indispensable for us to be in contact with the basic emotions of the human being”.


The 7th:

A timely tournament by the Sea of Kumano and a daily view. 


Such a vast ocean of information, movement and interaction, pristine in appearance, so stunningly complex and 'drop-to-your-knees' gorgeous has proven roadworthy for Love, Joy and Sweet Addiction

The 9th:

The Ruse Of Creation - making billions of one thing so we don't see it and making only one of another so that's all we look at. Love shows us how to be good at both... digging beneathe the billions while focusing and staying loyal only to those who feed your soul. (Conjured up while contemplating a planet of distractions yesterday)








Absolutely smashed (tired) from love and loyalty. We'll be back at it again when we wake

The 11th:

The team bus returned to Kyoto yesterday while the team car and its occupants made the journey over mountain, from Kumano to Osaka. It started off as a beautiful, scenic mountain drive through the Spiritual Heart of Kumano, tracing a pilgrimmage route but ballooned quickly and unexpectedly into an adventure.


Chaos on top of the Mountain. No-one knew how to move the snowflakes so we focused on pushing cars. As you can see, I took photos and mental notes and was even less help. (Of course, I did put the camera away and push.)


We made it safely across and comfortably cruised down the highway when Kita-san, the Head Coach commented "We are back in the normal world now!" Just quietly in a blog, I think she had the time of her life!

We were still an hour early for our meeting... 


The 17th:

I'm always ok in Japan when I have this lady (Miyako, a beautiful friend) by my side!


The 18th:

Full Moon Breakfast in Cairns this morning


SUNDAY 23rd:


A mild and still Sunday afternoon in Brisbane and I can’t help but contemplate heavily the nature of movement. Its hard being Human sometimes. I gaze up at the fluffy white clouds and slow study the intricate design of a giant spider web on my backyard hedge and quietly yearn for the natural knack of behaving instinctively and in tune with the order of things. “Love in Spring” by Takako Nishizaki transforms that yearn into ache. 


The 31st:


Listening to Ennio Morricone’s “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” is helping me wrap up this Golden Month of March. 


Yesterday was a Team day excursion designed by the players themselves. We loaded up at 9:00am, drove 2 hours up the highway to our first stop. They wanted to visit the Spiritual Power Centre of Japan - Ise Jingu Shrine (Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture). A Shinto Shrine dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami. The bus pulled up and we could see from our seats the wind and rain were furious outside but people continued to pour into the Shrine and we did too. 

When I caught sight of a group of professional Sumo Wrestlers, head down and driving forward with their silk black top knots and tree trunk thick legs, my umbrella had no chance of survival! Even still, drenched masses of people nursed their mangled mash of thin metal and material and lined up patiently to pray. I preferred to pray and move at the same time. Wild Weather is a dreamer’s delicacy with so much energy to be swallowed up and stored for future use.

It still makes you tired though and after an hour long battle through prayer and progress, we collapsed through the doors of a little cafe on Ohari Machi called Cupa Jibu. This cafe offered the best Japanese Curry I’ve tasted and the biggest collection of Vinyl Records I’ve seen. It would have been perfect with someone sitting in a corner and singing a song. Retro and warming.  












The next planned stop was Jazz Dream Nagashima Outlet Mall, an hour and a half up the highway and an hour and a half away from the Wild Weather. With all the brand names and hungry consumers, it was hard to distinguish what kind of movement was happening there, so it was just easier to join the flow in and out of shops. I picked up a Diesel T-Shirt and a cream cheese bagel. That was joining in enough for me. 


Lastly, “Winter Illumination”, 10 minutes up the road from the Outlet. It is one of the best light shows in Japan that runs from November to March. The theme this season was Mt Fuji. Earlier in the week, Mt Fuji put on a live show for us when returning from practice games in Yokohama.

(View from bus window) On a clear day like this, I love remembering a night in 2009 where I climbed the mountain with my good friends Miyako and Rissa. Spending a night on the Summit was the coldest and most painful physical experience of my life and that first ray of sunlight to hit us was as sweet and saving as a first kiss. 


But last night, we passed through a tunnel of sunlight first




To reach Illumination




“What was once your pain will be your home”