News & Press,MOTHER NATURE

News & Press > MOTHER NATURE

01 October, 2014

It's my Mother's Birthday this month. When I look around, I feel her everywhere. Even in this recently revamped local Starbucks in Japan.

 

"CLOUDS" - the company I keep at practice

 

Additional improvements at the local Starbucks this week, offering more insight into spectrums and tropics. Middle Earth is warm all year and the coffee bean thrives. So grateful for this rich Natural High

     

Home from the Softball Field, out on the bike and soaking up another kind of spin & movement

     

The strongest tropical cyclone we’ve had all year, anywhere on earth, ‘Vongfong’, meaning “the wasp” in Cantonese, is on track to cut a swathe through the belly of Japan in the upcoming days. Although weakening on mainland approach, this is Autumn, the air is sweet, so it will deliver a meteorological sting and as many times as it likes. 

    

 

Late Saturday night, October 11, I’m alone in a small Japanese hotel room, shooting big thoughts into a pair of mirrors like laser beams, watching them bounce back into each other forming a pattern that will only reveal its purpose from one particular perspective. I look from lots of different angles until I tire, close my eyes and feel myself standing on the Southern most tip of Kyushu Island awaiting ‘Vongfong’s’ arrival and listening to “The Battle” by Hans Zimmer - a 10 minute musical piece with 3 imaginative parts - Brave Belief, the Battle, Tears and Exhaustion. I open my eyes again and the sculpture takes immediate shape

So I make the room dark, turn off the computer and enter 

OCT 12: Todays pattern from one particular perspective - the Sun Halo, only at one angle, 22 degrees - featured over our 10:30am Sunday Softball Game

... this is faith

FRIDAY OCT 17th - the Japanese call today "Hana-Kin" or Flower Friday, where everyone is free to relax after a hard weeks work. It's worth a mention - after 12 years in Japan, this is the first time I have ever heard the Japanese use it! Happy Hana-Kin! 

I saw this shirt from the front, nothing special, in a shop two days ago and thought "I'll come back & have a look at that." Maybe it was the colour, maybe it was the material, the simple design? I'm not a big clothes shopper so I can't really say why. I returned today for the Supermarket, passed the store again and quickly remembered. Dashed in there in my stinky training outfit, picked up the shirt and felt bummed when I saw writing on the back. Until I realised what it was saying...

        

Deep in the middle of my wardrobe hangs another new item I purchsed in a shop opposite Starbucks just over a month ago "Historical Evolution"

October 22 guardian over Lake Biwako this morning

OCTOBER 23: We didn't qualify for playoffs in the League (top 4 only) this season so our last games of regular play are this weekend. We travelled up the highway today by bus to a place we visited earlier in the year - the town of Ise. 

      

Charter Bus & Team Room List

Whipped up and whirled around to find myself back in the 'Golden Month of March' blog in the middle of October, a 10-minute drive away from Ise Jingu Shrine and the spirit of a very old friend, Amaterasu Omi-kami. My mind picks up room number 514 to cut & paste it onto bed #5 on the 14th March, 2003 - the location and date of my Mothers passing at 3pm. 

The cycle of Birth, Death and Re-Birth = Infinite Energy and Love

There are 12 teams in the Japanese Softball League and the Season typically operates from Mar-June and Sept-Nov. We are assigned a travel team and in the second half we paired up with the Denso Softball Team. We love their little mascot! This weekend is loaded and we're all pumped! 

TOYOUKE DAIJINGU

Regular Season play concluded over the weekend with a 5-2 win over Iyo Ginko to take us to 7 wins in 22 games. That's a lot of bruising and losing but I'm not convinced we have as much say in it as we think. 

It's been a difficult season but I found a few priceless things along the way: an endless supply of fuel, clear cut direction and a way to fly! 

  

                                                                                                                                   (Rissa - my little bird full of wisdom and enthusiasm!)

... and DESTINY!

On this last day of October, the Sagawa Art Museum takes the lead. With all the world's linguistic diversity, there underlies a beautiful message

"ART IN WONDERLAND"

 

"WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT THE ROAD TO SPACE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT - AND THAT EVERY NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM HAS TO DEAL WITH BAD DAYS EARLY IN THEIR HISTORY. SPACE IS HARD - BUT WORTH IT. WE WILL PERSEVERE AND MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER" Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic