Monthly Archives: November 2017

Turkey Jook From My Mom


Yesterday, my mom dropped off turkey jook (turkey and rice soup) at my home. I’m super grateful for the thoughtfulness of my mom. I love her! Today, my energy is low, and I’m feeling mentally down even though I received good news early this morning on one of my projects, got a nice email from a new friend and potential business partner, and glad for a couple of decisions I made on two stocks. Yet, I feel down. Strange how we can have these mixed emotions. Thus, my mom’s soup really gave me some comfort today. I will attempt to do some work tonight to lift my spirit! May peace be with you, and cheers to all of your moms for all they do for you!

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#turkeyjook #turkeysoup #soup #mom #mother #family #love #business #entrepreneurship #law #mindfulness #gratitude #honolulu #hawaii

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Anything is possible when you have dragons!!!


Anything is possible when you have dragons!!! Let’s keep attacking our goals like a dragon on fire!!! Oh, and a nice lover to share the experiences with, would be a bonus. ūüėć

#goal #goals #tenacity #determination #persistence #dreams #business #entrepreneurship #law #writing #creativewriting #books #novels #haikupoems #poems #love #romance #peace #exercise #quote #quotes #hawaii #gameofthrones #georgerrmartin #mindfulness #gratitude

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Did she forget about me? Had she really moved on?


On that early evening, I waited by the small, shallow pond in the middle of the large field like we planned a year ago. It was dark. The clouds blacked out all of the stars above. Anxious, I began to pull at the tall blades of wild grass. Did she forget about me? Had she really moved on? In a bitter argument sometime after our promise, I was blocked out of her life. If she had wanted to reconcile with me, she would have contacted me. I was beyond wishing. Instead, I was living in a fantasy.

I waited for about an hour and gave up. Rather than heading back home, I kicked off my shoes, took off my socks, and rolled up my pants to just below my knees. I entered the pond, in an attempt to make the most of my trip there. The cool water felt nice, and I was mindful of the soft mud squeezing between my toes. I slowly proceeded to the middle of the pond, where at that point, I had no care of wetting my clothes. So I crouched down, placed my face in my hands, and let my emotions go. I felt my tears seeping out beneath my palms, making little drops that fell into the water. I stayed like this for some time.

Then, I heard something. There was a buzz. Then a second buzz. And then another and another. I raised my face out of my hands to see what was going on. There were hundreds of fireflies flying in the air, lighting up the pond like tiny flickering candles.

Further away, I heard a faint sound of grass moving in the darkness. Many of the fireflies flew towards the noise. And then I saw a silhouette of the curves of a woman near the other end of the pond. She took a step into the light of the fireflies. It was Kaylee. She was smiling at me in a fitted long-sleeve top and a short skirt. We stood there for a few moments, just looking at each other. My tears were now coming from joy. I grinned back at her.

“Sorry,” she broke the silence. “It took me longer than I thought.”

I looked at her high-heeled sandals and giggled with a shake of my head.

Kaylee followed my eyes and looked down at her feet. “Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking.” She bent over to unstrap and take off her sandals. Then, she lifted her light skirt and waded into the pond. As she walked towards me, ripples moved across the pool of water. Upon meeting me, she wrapped her arms around my waist and placed her cheek against my chest. I embraced her body in my arms.

Strangely, the fireflies reacted by moving around us like we were star actors of some kind of show.¬†“Uh, guys, what are you doing?” I asked them.

Kaylee lifted her head from my chest and watched them fly around us. “Let them be,” she joked.

She turned her attention back to me, and gazed into my eyes. “I missed you.”

“I missed you too,” I replied.

Still holding one another, we inched closer. I closed my eyes and felt her soft lips press against mine. My eyelids tightened firmer and quivered upon feeling a euphoric sensation that moved throughout my soul.

Life sometimes has its strange twists and turns. I was glad that we both took a chance on this one.

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed this romantic scene. To help me evoke my emotions, I listened to the songs “Sleepy Eyes” by Elohim & Whethan and¬†“Stargazing” by Kygo ft. Justin Jesso while I was writing this, which I posted below. I found the picture shown above, of a boy and girl in a shallow pond in a field of grass at http://gde-fon.com/download/guy_girl_lake_water_night_fireflies/401727/1680×1050.

Enjoy! May peace and love be with you!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

 

#fiction #novel #novels #story #stories #storytelling #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #art #romance #drama #love #book #books #author #writer #jonrikikaramatsu

#music #sleepyeyes #elohim ##whethan #stargazing #kygo #justinjesso

 

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I Crawl Into You


I crawl into you.

No body, just energy.

“It’s okay,” you say.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #95, 11/27/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing

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Pink Petals Dance Around Us


Stories in your eyes.

Pink petals dance around us.

We sway to the song.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #94, 11/27/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing

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My Thousand Lives to Your One


Do you like the show?

My thousand lives to your one.

Swallow your own hate.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #93, 11/27/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing

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My Radar Senses


My heart beats faster.

I turn around and see you.

My radar senses.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #92, 11/27/2017 –

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I want to hug you


I want to hug you.

But my arms go right through you.

Crying in my dreams.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #91, 11/27/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing

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A boy and his raft


A boy and his raft.

“Where to?” questioned an old man.

“To find happiness.”

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #90, 11/27/2017 –

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I shove it into your mouth.


Evil words are guns.

I shove it into your mouth.

Easy to shoot right?

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #89, 11/27/2017

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Love the high from your potion.


Please breathe into me.

Love the high from your potion.

Falling into you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #88, 11/27/2017

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupeoms #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting

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Tingles That Will Make You Squirm


Power from my thoughts.

Tingles that will make you squirm.

Let it take over.

‚Äď Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #87, 11/25/2017 ‚Äď

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Look at me with your sleepy eyes.


Look at me with your sleepy eyes.

We don’t have to hide.

I just want to touch your face.

Take me straight to outer space.

“Sleepy Eyes” by Elohim ft. Whethan.

#sleepyeyes #elohim #whethan #music #song #edm #electronicdancemusic

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Construction Law


My cousin-in-law Christine Ogawa Karamatsu (she has a career in law, health, and government affairs) saw on social media that I’m working on projects involving construction, so she brought her construction law book at our family Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Pearl City, Hawaii. I have so much love and gratitude for her thoughtfulness. Happy Thanksgiving!

#thanksgiving #thankful #gratitude #construction #constructionlaw #law #business #entrepreneurship #love #mindfulness #hawaii


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My Lawyer Friends


With my friends and lawyer colleagues of my past: Tricia Nakamatsu and Allen Yadao at Highway Inn in Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii for lunch on November 22, 2017. Allen and I have many moments of laughter. Tricia has the kindest soul and her writing style has influenced me greatly. I’m thankful to have them in my life! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!!!

#friends #friendship #lawyers #attorneys #highwayinn #restaurant #food #lunch #pulehuribs #kakaako #honolulu #hawaii #thanksgiving #thankful #mindfulness #gratitude

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It Understands Me


My laptop listens.

I spill my thoughts and feelings.

It understands me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #86, 11/21/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #quote #quotes #writing #creativewriting #books #novels #nonfiction #dreams #goals #strategy #selfdevelopment #business #law #entrepreneurship #life #death #love #sadness #peace #innerpeace #happiness #macbookpro #apple #laptop #beatsheadset #beats #mindfulness #gratitude

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Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” Party on Sunday November 19, 2017


Had fun at Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” party on Sunday November 19, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. We played a memory game for 22 things in a box, Jan Ken Po and grab bag drawing. For lunch we had dim sum – Chinese food.

#jodomission #jodoshu #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #fujinkai #buddhism #party #honolulu #hawaii

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This Time I Will Dance With You


Listen to my song.

This time I will dance with you.

Give us one more chance.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #85, 11/20/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #love #romance #brokenheart #heartbroken #mindfulness

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If I Could Hold You


My star is dimming.

The clock keeps ticking away.

If I could hold you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #84, 11/20/2017 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #love #romance #brokenheart #heartbroken #mindfulness

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“The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” by Al Ries & Jack Trout


I finished reading “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” by Al Ries & Jack Trout late this morning of November 18, 2017 at Starbucks in Pearl City, Hawaii. I learned about this book through Tim Ferriss who is an entrepreneur, author, podcast host, and investor. Super good! Very applicable! My mind is churning up stuff that I’m putting into words with my MacBook Pro.

#the22immutablelawsofmarketing #alries #jacktrout #timferriss #book #books #marketing #business #starbucks #pearlcity #hawaii

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Progress of Concrete Repairs & Painting for Jodo Mission of Hawaii.


At 9:00 A.M. Hawaii Standard Time on Saturday November 18, 2017, we, the board of directors of Jodo Mission of Hawaii inspected the concrete repairs and painting of our temple at Honolulu, Hawaii with a manager of Eko Painting & Concrete just before our first progression payment. Gaining ground. We’re happy with the progress!!!

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #concreterepairs
#painting #contractors #honolulu #hawaii

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Emptied Out My Heart


Emptied out my heart.

Someday you will fill it up

with your dirty blood.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #83, 11/18/2017 –

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“Just try!” Got it mom!


Sports, activities,

law, politics, business, love.

“Just try!” Got it mom!

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #82, 11/16/2017 –

( I dedicate this Haiku poem to my mom whose birthday is today, November 16, 2017. ¬†Since I was a little kid, my mom got me and my two younger sisters to try so many activities and experiences. ¬†Since I was a child I’ve been telling her my plans, like “Hey mom, hey mom, this the plan!!! ¬†As a middle-aged adult, I still do this, and she has the same answer, “Just try.” ¬†My mom is my greatest support. ¬†I love her so much!)

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #mom

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The Road Is So Smooth


The road is so smooth.

Isn’t it nice? (Gratitude)

I was just a kid.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #81, 11/16/2017 –

(I dedicate this poem to my mom whose birthday is today, November 16, 2017. I learned how to be grateful for all the things in my life from her since I was a child. She would actually say that when I was a little kid.)

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing

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Business Development & Business Law


On Wednesday November 15, 2017, I visited the store that’s being set up by a client I am helping with in regards to business development and legal work.

#businessdevelopment #business #entrepreneurship #law #businesslaw #toys #alamoanacenter #honolulu #hawaii

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Positive practices every single day, every single hour, every single minute, and every single second is the only way.


Positive practices every single day, every single hour, every single minute, and every single second is the only way.

If our soul is consistently filled with love, our mind will always be filled with love, and if our mind regularly has love, our actions will constantly deliver love to everyone . .  everyone.  Only then, will we understand enlightenment.

End the excuses. If we get mad for stupid reasons, we will get killed by our stupidity. No one can save us, but ourselves.

As for all the negative people – they can steal, scream, and hit. We’ll just transcend past them and their little messed up box while we enjoy the many good things in our lives and the universe.

If we all attain inner peace, our country and world will be at peace.

This song ‚ÄúFreedom‚ÄĚ by Steve Angella and Pusha T. has the beat and sound of my writing.

#innerpeace #peace #love #compassion #empathy #creativewriting #writing #quote #quotes #buddhism

 

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Kamesan at Watanabe Bakery in Honolulu, Hawaii


Aaaaaagh, the pleasure of a Japanese pastry called Kamesan, a turtle made of a sweet bun with azuki inside, and a cup of coffee at Watanabe Bakery in Honolulu as I wait for my remote control to be fixed for my 2000 Nissan Frontier truck at my friend’s auto shop, Masaki Auto. After so many years, I finally decided to fix my remote control. I was opening my truck the old school way, use the key. Lol!!!

#watanabebakery #bakery #anpan #pastry #japanesepastry #coffee #masakiauto #honolulu #hawaii

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Litigation Strategy for a Construction Company


Drafted some litigation strategy for a construction company for the past couple days. Here’s a picture of my lay-out in my office during the early morning of November 15, 2017.

#law #businesslaw #constructionlaw #transactionallaw #litigation #contracts #agreements #construction #honolulu #hawaii

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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Luncheon Celebrating Kanreki Birthdays and New Bishop


Jodo Mission of Hawaii luncheon celebrating Kanreki birthdays and newly elected Bishop Yubun Narashiba who is serving as Bishop for the 2nd time on Sunday November 12, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #bishop #kanreki #honolulu #hawaii 

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Mystical Touches


Mystical touches.

Raw energy intertwined.

Euphoric madness.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #80, 11/11/2017 –

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Your Heat Fills Me Up


Your heat fills me up.

Do you know what your soul does?

Which one am I with?

– Haiku Poem #79, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/11/2017 –

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Why Breathe If You Are Not Here?


Someone is breathing.

Why breathe if you are not here?

“We live after death.”

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #78, 11/11/2017 –

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Nightmare of Another Me


Count myself to sleep.

Nightmare of another me.

Can you feel me now?

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #77, 11/11/2017 –

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Exercise for our Mind


Combined with gratitude, exercise is a powerful practice because it not only develops our body, but our mind. Mental health is key in maintaining a positive outlook, which tremendously supports our career and personal life.

#exercise #mind #body #soul #health #physicalhealth #mentalhealth #mindfulness #gratitude #24hourfitness #mililani #hawaii

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I Feel Her Throughout


Close my eyes and breathe.

She inhales my soul . . .We meet.

I feel her throughout.

– Haiku Poem #76, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/4/2017 –

#haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #love #romance

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Come on stage and hold my hand.


Ten thousand people.

Come on stage and hold my hand.

This song is for you.

– Haiku Poem #75, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/4/2017 –

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I just want to go where love is alive.


I just want to go where love is alive.

“Love Is Alive” by Louis The Child” featuring Elohim (Savory Remix).

#music #EDM #electronicdancemusic #loveisalive #louisthechild #elohim #savory

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I am printing out my love.


Feel so vulnerable.

I am printing out my love.

Fall in or fall out?

– Haiku Poem #74, Jon Riki Karamatsu, November 4, 2017 –

(I’m pictured here in my office wearing a political campaign shirt of my mentor, former Hawaii Representative Jerry L. Chang and currently head of the government affairs division of the University of Hawaii at Hilo.)

#haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #love #romance

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Death will come for all of us.


Death will come for all of us, so there’s no need for a majority of our bickering. On our last days alive, if we have that luxury, we won’t care about most of our disagreements and worries. We can focus on the water that’s in our cup and keep filling it up by taking action on what we can control. Peace in our mind, body, and soul through our daily practices such as but not limited to learning, execution on our passionate ideas, exercise, sharing positivity with others, mindfulness, and gratitude.

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If balance can be achieved, there’s a chance to save love.


I’m feeling this song “Better” by Rihanna ft. The Chainsmokers & Martin Garrix.¬†For those of you going through some struggles and heartache, I dedicate this song to you.¬†With the bigger picture in mind, most things are not worth fighting about.¬†If balance can be achieved, there’s a chance to save love.

I love music!

#rihanna #thechainsmokers #martingarrix #song #music #edm #electronicdancemusic #love #balance #mindfulness #gratitude #quote

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I Can Feel Your Heart


I can feel your heart.

It’s burning with a fever.

Restart with water.

– Haiku Poem #73, Jon Riki Karamatsu, November 2, 2017 –

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2017 Halloween


On Halloween evening, October 31, 2017, I had fun giving candies to children at my friend Mike Noguchi’s house in Pearl City, Hawaii. For the first group of kids, I was so happy to see my friends Scott and Michelle Miyasato’s 2 youngest daughters and Mike and Rachael Lee Oshiro’s daughter with their friends!!! That highlighted my day!!! Later that evening we ate pasta, and I helped Ashley Kirito with her business plan to expand her business servicing horses. Pictured here is a Jade plant for good luck from my friend Mike Noguchi. I have so much gratitude for those moments!!

#halloween #trickortreat #children #friends #jadeplant #happy #mindfulness #gratitude

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