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My fish died.

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Rikki – “Suteki Da Ne”


Nice song.  A change of pace from all my bills and philosophies.  Enjoy.

Rikki – “Suteki Da Ne” English Lyrics

My heart was swimming
in words gathered by the wind.
My voice bounded
into a cloud-carried tomorrow.

My heart trembled
in the moon-swayed mirror.
Soft tears,
spilled with a stream of stars.

Isn’t it beautiful?
If we could walk, hand in hand,
I want to go
to your town, in your home, in your arms.

I dream of being
against your chest,
my body in your keeping
disappearing into the evening.

Words halted by wind are
a gentle illusion.
A tomorrow torn by clouds is
the voice of a distant place.

My heart that had been
in a moon-blurred mirror that flowed,
Those stars that trembled and spilled
cannot hide my tears.

Isn’t it beautiful?
If we could walk, hand in hand,
I want to go
to your town, your home, in your arms.

My dream of your face,
that I softly touch,
melts in the morning.

 

Rikki – “Suteki Da Ne” Japanese Lyrics

Kaze ga yoseta kotoba ni
oyoida kokoro
kumo ga hakobu ashita ni
hazunda koe.

Tsuki ga yureru kagami ni
furueta kokoro
hoshi ga nagare koboreta
yawarakai namida.

Suteki da ne
futari te wo tori aruketa nara
ikitai yo
kimi no machi ie ude no naka.

Sono mune
karada azuke
yoi ni magire
yumemiru.

Kaze wa tomari kotoba wa
yasashii maboroshi
kumo wa yabure ashita wa
tooku no koe.

Tsuki ga nijimu kagami wo
nagareta kokoro
hoshi ga yurete koboreta
kakusenai namida.

Suteki da ne
futari te wo tori aruketa nara
ikitai yo
kimi no machi ie ude no naka.

Sono kao
sotto furete
asa ni tokeru
yumemiru.

Suteki da ne
futari te wo tori aruketa nara
ikitai yo
kimi no machi ie ude no naka.

Sono mune
karada azuke
yoi ni magire
yumemiru.

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A song for those of you facing difficult challenges. Do your best to bring balance to yourself and the world.


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Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu being interviewed by KITV4 television news in February 2009.

In my life, I have experienced a lot of challenges.  I have my faults and have made my share of mistakes.  Many people took advantage of me for their gain when I made my DUI mistake.  There are things I wish I did differently in my personal life.  I have seen a lot of anger and had numerous threats against me. 

There is good media and bad media.  The bad media has personalities that are rude, twist your words, and misstate the facts.  Even activists incorrectly spin policies that we are working on.  For example, we tried to fix the campaign finance laws on the limitation corporations can donate to noncandidate PACs because the court struck down the law, and Common Cause spins things in their own way to the media and on their websites.  We try to expand equality to all people and get threatened by those who say they live by compassion.  Within elected politics, there is power-tripping, jealousy, and the dilemna on what one feels is the right thing to do versus what will keep one elected. 

Among all this, I have lost some of my patience and compassion.  I have to do my best to bring back balance to myself and not get upset from all the negativity. 

This song is for everyone facing difficult challenges.  Do your best to bring balance to yourself and the world.  Take it to the next level!

Coldplay ft. Jay-Z – “Lost”

[Coldplay] “Lost” Lyrics

Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I’m across

Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Doesn’t mean I didn’t get what I deserved
No better and no worse

I just got lost
Every river that I tried to cross
Every door I ever tried was locked
Oh and I’m just waiting ‘til the shine wears off

You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn’t mean you’ve won
‘Cause along may come
A bigger one

And you’ll be lost
Every river that you tried to cross
Every gun you ever held went off
Oh and I’m just waiting until the firing stop
Oh and I’m just waiting ‘til the shine wears off

[Jay-Z]
Aha, I gotcha, uh…
With the same sword they knight you, they gon’ good night you with
S!@#, that’s only half if they like you
That ain’t even the half what they might do
Don’t believe me, ask Michael
See Martin, see Malcolm
See Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome
See Jesus, see Judas
See Caesar, see Brutus, see success is like suicide
Suicide, it’s a suicide
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified
Media meddles, n!@#$% sue you, you settle
Every step you take, they remind you you’re ghetto
So it’s tough being Bobby Brown
To be Bobby then, you have to be Bobby now
And the question is, “Is to have had and lost
Better than not having at all?”
Because I’m…

Oh and I, just waiting ‘til the shine wears off
Oh and I, just waiting ‘til the shine wears off

Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost

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April 16, 2009 Fundraiser for Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu


Fundraiser for Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Thursday, April 16, 2009

5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

St. Andrew’s Priory School, Ylang Ylang Courtyard, 224 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, Hawaii

 Suggested Donation: $25

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A Breath Away


On March 22, 2009, at 3:00 A.M. Sunday morning, I woke up having a difficult time breathing and felt nauseated.  I thought it was strange since I wasn’t sick.  I was thinking of calling my parents or 911.  Instead, I grabbed my two juzus and thought of my late grandparents.  My breathing was very thin with a slight weezing sound.  Then after about 10 minutes, I felt the air passage suddenly open up and everything became normal again as if nothing happened.  If it continued, I would have called for assistance.  I thought of death for a moment until I felt my breath again.  I wonder if it was stress or was it something else?

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50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemoration


Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu & Former Senator Nadao "Najo" Yoshinaga

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu & Former Senator Nadao "Najo" Yoshinaga

50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemoration

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

12:00 Noon

State Capitol, House Chambers

 

Recognition and Introduction of Former Hawaii Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga

 

Senator Shan Tsutsui:

 

I have the great honor to be able to introduce to you today Senator Nadao Yoshinaga who also is widely known as Najo.  Senator Yoshinaga was elected into the House of Representatives of the Territory of Hawaii in the 1954 Democratic revolution.  In 1959, he was elected into the Senate of the State of Hawaii where he served until retiring in 1974.  Senator Yoshinaga was the chairman of the influential Senate Labor Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.

 

            During his career, he was responsible for landmark legislation such as the Pre-Paid Health Act, the Art in Public Places Act that established the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the creation of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, among many others.  At this time, I would like to yield the floor to Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu.

 

Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu:

 

Senator Nadao Yoshinaga or as we like to call him, Senator Najo Yoshinaga, has mentored so many leaders in Hawaii, including many present today.  He has been my friend, advisor, and confidante ever since I met him when I worked for Senator Carol Fukunaga in 2002.  It is a dream come true for me to have a mentor who is a member of the 1954 Democratic revolution and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  I am very appreciative for all the knowledge he has shared with me and many others.

 

Senator Yoshinaga graduated from Maui High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree.  He volunteered for the United States Army and served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  After the war, Senator Yoshinaga decided to apply his GI Bill benefits to study law at DePaul University where he attained his Juris Doctorate degree.  He returned to work for the law firm of Bouslog and Symonds in Honolulu, and then in Maui, which was known for its defense of the ILWU or International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

 

Senator Yoshinaga’s pro-active and progressive vision, strength of conviction, organizational and strategic brilliance, helped to shape and inspire legislative, business, and community leaders long after his formal retirement.  He continues to encourage, advise, and inspire legislators and legislative staffs during his many visits to the Hawaii State Capitol.  Thus, even today, he is making an impact on Hawaii indirectly through his many protégés.  I like to leave you with a statement Senator Yoshinaga likes to say, “Make Hawaii the best place in the world.”   Senator Najo Yoshinaga, thank you for all you have done to make Hawaii the best place in the world.

Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu in front of the state seal that was in the governor's office at Iolani Palace before the current state capitol was built.

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Written Remarks into the House Journal: Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 981 & 982, House Resolution 26 and House Concurrent Resolution 24


Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu

Written Remarks into the House Journal

March 12, 2009; 27th Day

Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 981 & 982, House Resolution 26 and House Concurrent Resolution 24

I rise in support of House Resolution 26 and House Concurrent Resolution 24, which urges the United States Postal Service to issue postal stamps honoring the World War II Japanese-American Nisei soldiers, other distinguished military units in United States history, and Americans who fought against discrimination based on race or national origin.  I look up to the Nisei generation and how they faced discrimination.  Many proved their loyalty by serving in the United States military.  My uncle Roy Okubo served in the 522nd Artillery that was attached to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  My political mentor, former state senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga also served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.   I have friends in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service.  Words cannot describe my gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice they have done for future generations such as mine.

In addition, I am inspired by the many individuals who were instrumental in enhancing race relations in the United States and who worked towards ending discrimination based on race or national origin.  They too, played a key role in making our country a better place.  This generation is considered by many, including me, as one of the greatest generations in the history of the United States.  I am forever grateful for all they have done.  It is because of them, I am inspired to continue my work to provide equality for all and bring peace to every individual in the world.

 

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