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Hanami Party! April 6 & 7! At Tamagawa! Free! You're Invited!

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don't forget about our Hanami party on April 6th and 7th at Tamagawa!

2013年花見!Hanami Party!  今年もこの季節がやってきました!花見〜〜〜〜今回は4月6日、7日の2日間でやります。日曜日に来れなかった人も今年は大丈夫だよ!皆さんに声をかけて参加して下さい。会場は毎年花見をやっている尾山台の多摩川河川敷です。飲まない人は駐車場も増えたので車でもだいじょうぶです。
More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/153224684837610/
ACCESS: Best way is Ooimachi line to Oyamadai Station. Walk towards the river. You'll see a huge Volkswagen used car lot. We're on the other side of the road by the river in the grassy area. You can't miss us. Be careful when crossing the busy streets! URL to Volkswagen: http://yahoo.jp/h6jYOo

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Positive Thinking and How You Can Jigsaw on Water!

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Hey, you know that story from the bible about Jesus walking on the water? Yeah. It's a true story.

But before you jump up and down and think, "Mike's gone Christian zealotry!" Listen to this...

Let me explain. 

It is impossible to walk on water. Can't be done. 

But I believe that this story about Jesus walking on water is not to be taken literally. This walking on water is a parable of sorts. 

Both you and I know that man cannot walk on water. It's impossible! 

In the bible, when Jesus walked on water, another disciple did too, but that disciple became fearful and fell in the water. Jesus held out his hand and pulled the guy up and said something about the disciple having, "Little faith." 

What does this "Little faith" mean? 

I think it's simple, really. It's all the same. Call it what you want: Faith, belief, positive thinking, PMA, total optimism, whatever. ... they are all the same.

Walking on water is impossible. Can't be done. 

But …

My TV Interview is This Morning

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Starting in a few minutes! I Will Be Interviewed on US TV Thursday 3/28/13 at 6PM and 11PM Central Time: http://NNN.is/on-WHDT 
We discuss Driver's Licenses and other taxation schemes on the Next News Network WHDT World News program hosted by Gary Franchi. (Japan time will be today (3/29/13) at 8 am and 1 pm!) 日本の時間は3月29日(金)朝8時&午後1時

Get All Your Money Out of Banks and Other Nutty Ideas!

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Yep! This is the way it is; get all your money out of the bank. Put it in a mattress or under the flower planter. Put it anywhere but the bank! 



What's going on in Cyprus is coming to a neighborhood near you. Don't say you weren't warned! Smart folks like me (we'll if we really were smart, we'd be rich) read Zerohedge everyday and knew in 2011 that the criminals and idiots that run our government's had no way out of the current economic mess so they would, eventually, come to steal money in people's bank accounts.

That "eventually" happened about 10 days ago.

I'm hoping that dear reader has kept up on what's really going on in Cyprus and Europe so that I don't have to go too much into detail... But, just in case they are not, here goes:

Cyprus is bankrupt. To pay for the debt, they decided to steal people's money in bank accounts. They figured that the people they could screw the most were Russians who were ex-KGB and mafioso types so …

America’s First 24/7 Liberty News Network to host 3rd Marathon Broadcast Fundraiser

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Please check it out and lend a hand if you can! We need all the help we can get!

America’s First 24/7 Liberty News Network to host 3rd Marathon Broadcast FundraiserCHICAGO, IL - Since the close of the 2012 presidential election things haven’t slowed down for Gary Franchi the Executive Producer of the Next News Network and former Chairman of the Revolution Super PAC – they’ve sped up. Kicked off on December 22nd of last year with a 12 hour marathon broadcast “America’s First 24/7 Liberty News Network” is locking down its schedule for their 3rd marathon dubbed “End the Madness.”The network has been broadcasting original content since last year’s launch and now boasts of 6 hours of live programming daily on their exclusive free online stream. The network also airs its flagship news hour, in HD, in two major East Coast markets – Miami and Boston – to 8,000,000 homes via WHDT.Franchi stated, “We’re making it happen, around the clock. No where else will you see the collaborative efforts of s…

I Will Be Interviewed on US TV Thursday 3/28/13 at 6PM and 11PM

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I will appear on US television again being interviewed about Driver's Licenses and other taxation schemes on Thursday March 28, 2013 at 6pm and 11pm Eastern Time on the Next News Network WHDT World News program hosted by Gary Franchi.

(Japan time will be: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 am and 1 pm!)


The interview will also be streamed on the internet at that time here
http://NNN.is/on-WHDT

The interview will be on these free TV channels at that time:


‪Japanese Group Calisthenics? The Japanese Identity! One Time Banned Due to Militarism! ‬

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The other day, I received a nice email from a writer named Mary who wanted to know the origin of a photo in a previos blog entitled: Very Sprite, Alert and Healthy 97 Year Old Guy Gives Tips for a Long Life. In that post there were photos of Yasuyuki Hashimoto. Hashimoto san was in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and Mary contacted me because she was interested in this photo:






It is a photo of Japanese soldiers doing group calisthenics in the field in Indonesian in 1942. That's Yasuyuki in the very front.

I told Mary that the Japanese have been doing this sort of group exercise for a very long time. They do it beginning in childhood and I think it is also a part and parcel of the Japanese identity... It goes on today at schools, corporations and many organizations. It is so ingrained into the Japanese psyche that there are even nationally broadcast TV and radio shows promoting the entire nation to wake up and exercise at the same time everyday of the week!

The radio sho…

Beautiful Flowers in Japan's Springtime

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Once again, I haven't really been in the mood for some heavy writing. Some of my dear friends have been going through some rough times. Me too... This article is dedicated to my friends, Red, Sue and Cindy.
Chin up and all that. Your spirit is an inspiration to us all.
人生は難しいので、私たちがお互いにやさしくをしましょう。
Recently, I've been going out on an hour and a half walks. I did again yesterday and took photos along the way. It's Hanami season and as the Byrds song says (with lyrics from a book that is a 1000 years old): 
To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn) There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn) And a time to every purpose, under Heaven  A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to laugh, a time to weep
A rose I grew in my garden. No matter how cold the winter was, this rose slowly grew all winter. Amazing!

Byrds - "Turn Turn Turn" (Please click on the video for music while you see the rest of the photos and read the comments).

Some…

True Prosperity: Grandfather dies. Father dies. Son dies. Grandson dies.

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An ancient Zen Buddhist story goes like this: 

A very wealthy family in China bought a large farm and built a beautiful palace upon it. They wished for good luck, health, and fortune, so they decided to ask a famous Zen priest to write a scroll for them to hang in their den. The priest accepted the job and went back to his shrine to pray for enlightenment. 

 After a few days, the priest returned with the finished scroll and the entire family gathered around in great anticipation to see the words that the priest wrote for them. The priest said a short prayer and opened the scroll and hung it on the wall. 

The scroll said: 


Grandfather dies. Father dies. Son dies. Grandson dies. 
The entire family was furious at the priest. They shouted and demanded that he go back to the shrine and rewrite the scroll for them. 

The priest sighed and said: "I will rewrite the order of names on the scroll in anyway you wish. But I think there can be no other sequence. If all die in this order, I think th…

Japan: The End of an Era

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I hate to say "I told you so!"... Well, no, that's not true. I LOVE saying, "I told you so!" Nearly four months ago, on December 29th, I predicted exactly what was going to happen with a weak yen. Now, this prediction has come to pass. Things are deteriorating quickly. I wrote in:

Here's Why A Weak Yen Will Destroy Japan

The clowns in the LDP think a weak yen will rescue Japan's faltering economy by making exports cheaper... Sounds good... That is, if there anyone to buy Japanese goods.  I fear that the weaker yen will be the last straw in breaking the Japanese Economy. Here's my reasoning why... 

China and Japan are in a row over islands. Boom! Down goes exports to Japan's biggest trading partner. Please refer to the NY Times article, "Japan Trade Suffers as China Ties Deteriorate":

"Shipments to China, which is Japan's biggest trading partner, tumbled 14.1 per cent as demand dropped for Japan-branded products..."

Also refer …