"Don't let your history define your destiny" Steve Maraboli.
Sunday April12 th.
A lovely day full of organising details for our Rugby tour and yet finding the time to smile at the beauty of the green rice fields blowing in the breeze and hearing the laughter of the little kids practising prayer at the shrine.It's been awhile since I've allowed myself to just be. What true joy comes from simple things yet again. I'm so thankful for this.
Walked around Munakata, booked some restaurants for our group of 18 in two weeks time and reopened my mind to speaking Japanese (badly) again. Having someone else understand what you are trying to say while speaking their language is one of the greatest buzzes in the world. Japanese people are so gracious that you never feel self conscious while slaughtering their wonderful language. Their fearful faces give it away though. They try to run but they cannot hide. Michael has the uncanny habit of just speaking louder and patting them on the back. The adrenalin must be racing through their bodies at high speed. Got a great Karaoke package for three hours-all you can eat, drink and sing for this entire time in a private box. Endless Love, our signature song,will have to be polished up a little for our new unsuspecting audience at the end of April.
Saw a beautiful bride at the Munakata shrine( blessings bestowed) and to top off a great day, had ramen for lunch.
It is coming up to Kodomo no Hi ( children's day) on the 5th May and the rice fields have Koynobori flying above them. If a family has sons, they proudly fly large silken carps above their houses. The black one's for Dad, the red one for Mum and the smaller ones below represent the boys. The carp is a symbol for strength and life. The girls' festival is the 3rd March and this is when they display inside their houses, dolls which have been passed down by their grandmothers and eat sweet mochi cakes. This day is not a public holiday like the 5th May.
Schools are preparing for their graduation ceremonies as they near the end of the school year.