Monthly Archives: November 2016

And it hurts with every heartbeat


Just found this song, “With Every Heartbeat” by Son of 8 & Phats & Small.

Nice beat – though the meaning behind the song and its music video can make your heart ache:

So I don’t look back.

Still I’m dying with every step I take.

But I don’t look back.

And it hurts with every heartbeat.

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I Will Pick You Up


In my low black car.

Sped by painful memories.

I will pick you up.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/28/2016, Haiku #42 –

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Please Launch My Spaceship


Those magnetic eyes

pulled me into emptiness.

Please launch my spaceship.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/28/2016, Haiku #41 –

Below is one of my favorite songs “Spaceship” by Comet Blue to go with my Haiku poem:

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That’s When It Enters My Head


 

Lying still at night.

That’s when it enters my head.

I stay up and work.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/28/2016, Haiku #40 –

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Try


It’s better to try and know, than to never have tried and wonder.

(Just thoughts going through my head)

– Jon Riki Karamatsu –

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In Time, We Will Meet


I feel you in me.

Take the paths built by my words.

In time, we will meet.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #39, 11/25/2016 –

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m thankful for many things, here are some of them:

  1. Lucky to have an opportunity in life.
  2. My mom and dad for all their love and support.
  3. My family and friends.
  4. My ancestors for paving the way for me and others.

Like many of you, I’ve lost a number of loved ones, and I’m thinking of them today. Have a great day and keep living life to your fullest!

Love, Jon

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Love and Peace Between Christians and Muslims


Amazon (AMZN) has created a very heartwarming commercial that shows how multi-religions can live together harmoniously, especially between Christians and Muslims where there has been conflict between leaders and members of the two religions for hundreds of years. This positive message can be applied to unify all conflicting groups. We can all make a difference in making our world peaceful by spreading love and compassion to everyone we interact with.

The commercial features a priest and imam having a pleasant conversation over tea. As the the imam prepares to leave, both men remark at their sore knees, share a hug, and part ways. Afterward, they both take out their smartphones and buy the other knee braces through Amazon Prime.

The commercial ends with both the priest and the imam kneeling to pray while wearing the knee braces they received from the other via Amazon Prime.

I love this. So touching. Wonderful work Amazon!

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Plant Our Seeds Now


Spring will soon arrive.

Like seasons, we will evolve.

Plant our seeds now.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #38 –

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Flowers Bloom and Die


Flowers bloom and die.

This may be our last chance.

Absorb its beauty.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #37 –

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I Can’t Stop Crying.


I can’t stop crying.

Tears are my fuel for my art.

I hope it heals you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #36 –

[I hope my Haiku poems and my novels when they go public, can help you to heal the pain in your soul and inspire you.]

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I Sleep to Seek You.


You exist in dreams.

You seem so real – Is it so?

I sleep to seek you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #35 –

[This Haiku poem was inspired by my first novel, which I’m still pitching to agencies.]

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It Hurts To Know You


It hurts to know you.

Everything has its reasons.

Learn from good and bad.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #34 –

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War Tore Me Apart


War tore me apart.

Anger took over my heart,

until I met you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #33 –

[My 2nd novel that I’m working on inspired me to write this Haiku poem.]

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Running and Writing


Running and writing.

My medicine, my escape.

Visions come to me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #32 –

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Death and Broken Hearts


Death and broken hearts.

We all experience them.

Upside down feeling.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #31 –

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I dedicate this picture of pink clouds and song to my friend Representative Clift Tsuji.


I’m crying as I type this entry in dedication to my friend Clift Tsuji, Hawaii State Representative from Hilo, Hawaii. He passed away today, November 15, 2016. He had an amazing life as a politician, banker, and businessman. Below, you will see a picture of pink clouds among blues skies that I took yesterday, just after I found out Rep. Tsuji was taken to the hospital. I also dedicate the song below to Rep. Tsuji, “Shelter” by Porter Robinson & Madeon. The lyrics touches my heart: “It’s a long way forward, trust in me. I’ll give them shelter, like you’ve done for me. And I know I’m not alone, you’ll be watching over us until you’re gone.”

I will continue to seek your guidance as I carry on forward.

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Rep. Clift. Tsuji & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu during conferences.

I will miss my dear friend Clift Tsuji, Hawaii State Representative from Hilo, Hawaii. This is one of my favorite pictures of Representative Clift Tsuji and I – caught candidly as we were in the middle of conference hearings while I was serving as a Hawaii State Representative. I enjoyed my time with him, our travels to Japan, and collaborating with him in creating laws and programs. When I ran for Lt. Governor, he had me sleep at his house in Hilo, Hawaii. After I left politics, Rep. Tsuji supported my private sector projects and gave me valuable encouragement. We regularly hung out or had meals with friends. One of my funniest moments with him was when he tried to introduce me to a girl in a shopping mall in Japan, and I literally ran away. He would always tell everyone how I sprinted and leaped away in the busy mall. It’s hard to believe that I can’t talk with him anymore, but I know he will still be with me as I proceed forward.

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Rep. Clift Tsuji Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say, & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu at the 2009 Legislative Opening Day on Jan. 21, 2009.

Rep. Clift Tsuji, Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say and Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

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At Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Bon Dance

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Rep. Clift Tsuji, Kazue Uehara, Rep. Jerry L. Chang, and Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

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I Would Do Anything For Love


Such a moving song and nice video.  “I Would Do anything For Love” written by Jim Steinman and sang by Meatloaf with Lorraine Crosby.  Michael Bay directed the music video.

Romantic lyrics:

Woman:
Will you make me some magic with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?
Man:
I can do that!

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Election Day w/ Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M Kaneshiro


​With Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro at his campaign headquarters on election day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

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Please Vote For My Friends


Please vote my friends Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, Rep. Ken Ito, and Rep. Clift Tsuji.

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Please vote for my friends Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say. In 2006-2007, Kirk was House Majority Leader and I was House Vice Speaker under Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say.555319_10151268686842732_1446812851_n

 

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