Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team – Women’s World Cup Champions! They played a great game yesterday, July 5, 2015 against defending champions Japan in Vancouver, Canada. The U.S. team exploded for four goals in the first 16 minutes of the World Cup final (including three from Carli Lloyd alone) en route to a 5–2 rout of Japan, who’d defeated them on penalty kicks in the final four years ago. It’s our country’s first Women’s World Cup win since 1999, and third overall. I’m so proud of them for all their hard work, and representing our country well in the world’s most popular sport.
Recently, I ran into my long-time friend at the Honpa Hongwanji Bon Dance on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He and I met at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Back then, we studied together, served in the ASUH Senate, and planned out our career – mine in law and politics and his in finance and the corporate world. I got him to be involved in politics and he emphasized the importance of business and a strong economy. Several years after we graduated college, I was in state elected politics and started an Internet retail business, and he became a Vice President and then an Executive Vice President of a decent sized corporation. We continued to support each other and did things together until he got married and moved away. Well now we’re back together as we reinvent ourselves – I’m now focused on building positive products or service for people through stories, music events and food, and likewise, my friend is trying do it through the digital arts, especially on the powerful attraction that a woman can radiate. It feels great to strategize with him again, trying to pierce through the dark unknown that is ahead of us. All we have is mostly dreams right now, but as scary as it can be, I’m excited to see how far our efforts can go.
The digital arts has gotten really popular. Since my friend is working on digital art focusing on women, I did some research, and here are a few that I found that’s sure to catch your attention, and I also found a song to match them. Enjoy!
This song helps me to come up with 10 ideas a day, and overcome failures and experiences with negative people.
Daily goals and 10 ideas a day!
To all my friends going through hard times,
We always come back. Even death won’t stop us. Our work will live on.
June 24, 2015
Thanks for stopping by. It’s amazing how fast time goes by. I’ve been writing in this journal since December 2002, just after my entrance into State politics. In that year, I also started my first business, an Internet retail store selling Hawaiian or island-themed products. I created this journal so I could share my political journey, as well as my experience in business and life in general. I’ve enjoyed not just sharing legislation and business projects, but also my interest in the arts and popular culture.
Now that I’m taking a break from public service – elected and appointed office, I’m going to put all my efforts, ideas, and passion into my business projects. I’m working on a few with my friends right now. I will also advocate hard on behalf of businesses that need help with transactions, legislation, grants, and other issues.
As far as my journal, I’ll continue to write about public policy every so often, but my main focus will be about positive living. I will highlight services or products that can help us to achieve a more happy and fulfilling life. Of course positive living is a practice and it starts with each of us, but if we can better ourselves by learning from others or utilize products to help us stay on course than its worth the try. I will also post music, art, and writings that can lift your spirit. Basically, I will do my best to showcase things that can be of value to your life. Take care, stay positive, and make the most of every moment.
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
Love stories are what keeps me living for more, and someday I want to share them with you.